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Well known (and basically a legend) Linux game porter Ryan 'Icculus' Gordon is looking for new titles to port to Linux.

After recently porting the revamp of Turok to Linux and with him hinting (practically confirmed in his latest post…) that Turok 2 is also coming to Linux, he recently posted a new update on Patreon and this bit caught my eye:

Also: I need more games to port. I have a bunch of maybes floating out there, but pretty soon I'm going to need definite yeses to work on. If you know someone in need, send them my way please.

For those who aren't too clued up, Icculus has ported so many games to Linux and other platforms it's really hard to keep track. He's worked with Valve, Epic Games, Activision, EA and many other big companies over the years. He's also helped port quite a number of indie games, so he has a long and beautiful track record.

He's also one of the people working on SDL2, something used by a lot of games across many different platforms. Honestly, I could go on all day about things he's either made, helped maintain or ported to other platforms.

If you're a developer and want to see your game on Linux, it's probably worth getting in touch, especially as he's funded by his own Patreon so he's not likely to eat into your sales. Find him on Twitter, Patreon and his official site with a proper email link.

Note: To be clear, this is not the time to spam him directly asking him to port specific games. A better option, would be to speak to developers directly and send them to him. Also, try to be realistic with who you speak to, but you never know…

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Hori 11 June 2018 at 10:47 pm UTC
I'd like TES: Blades or Fallout 76 to be ported. It might be a good opportunity for Bethesda to test the waters with them, since they are not quite part of the main series, but spin-offs - kinda like how they did with ESO for Mac. Blades should be easy seeing how it is developed for many different platforms already, but F76 might prove a challenge.

Skyrim would do too, seeing how Linux and Mac are pretty much the only platforms it wasn't ported to yet. But this probably won't happen.


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Luke_Nukem 11 June 2018 at 11:32 pm UTC
I just want Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal... That's all. Those and my life will be complete for the next few decades.
Whitewolfe80 11 June 2018 at 11:33 pm UTC
KimyrielleBeing my brutally honest self...thanks, but we don't need yet another garage game on Linux. We got a few thousand of these. What's Turok anyway? What we need at this point are AAA titles. Stuff that makes people go "Wow, you Penguin people can play THAT???" Icculus is a human porting machine who can get anything ported you throw at him. His talents are completely wasted porting B list games. Again, what's Turok? Somebody go convince Bethesda or a company like it to let him have a go at their back catalog. Please?

Well Turok was a triple a game back when it came out but yeah we dont really need games pre 2008 ported as they run fine on linux via wine or emulators. But nothing and i mean nothing is going to convince Bethesda to port unless. Companies like Sega and 2k release everything day and date on linux other publishers would take note and say okay linux is viable now. Basically if its from 2k/Sega/Codemasters/THQ Nordic(aqquired deep silver) strong chance of it coming to linux via feral. However Ea activision Bethesda and Ubisoft no chance even though EA offer origin on mac ffs.
Kels 11 June 2018 at 11:57 pm UTC
HoriI'd like TES: Blades or Fallout 76 to be ported. It might be a good opportunity for Bethesda to test the waters with them, since they are not quite part of the main series, but spin-offs - kinda like how they did with ESO for Mac. Blades should be easy seeing how it is developed for many different platforms already, but F76 might prove a challenge.

Skyrim would do too, seeing how Linux and Mac are pretty much the only platforms it wasn't ported to yet. But this probably won't happen.

TES:Blades is coming to Android, so that's something. It's designed for phones though, so I'm not sure how great a Linux PC port would be.
Dedale 12 June 2018 at 12:23 am UTC
tpauThis War of mine. Small Company , nice game and rendering errors in Wine still

As said above, there is already a Linux binary that works well.

I sometimes have infantile wishes for a kickstarter to push bethesda to release a Linux version of Skyrim with full features. Maybe that is how we should do it, collectively raise the money and fund the ports. The updates versions of stracraft 1 and 2 would be nice too.
Linuxpunk 12 June 2018 at 1:32 am UTC
Player Unknown BattlegrHAHAHA, just joking.

Playing Valkyria Chronicles on Linux would be nice.


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Sir_Diealot 12 June 2018 at 5:46 am UTC
How about improving AGS? That would allow at least improve the experience with Wadjet Eye games, possibly bring a few old ones over and would make it more likely for future AGS games to come to Linux.
F.Ultra 13 June 2018 at 5:31 pm UTC
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F.UltraThe idea is to let his patreons pay for the porting, so what he is saying that he will port your game for free if you let him (and you are a game publisher/developer).

I'm one of his patreons and I somehow missed that in his fairly regular updates! Nice. I'd love if more devs actually offered him the chance to work on games. It seems weird to have what is literally a legendary porter putting his services free gratis, and he's not getting any offers!

IMHO the main problem is that the (large) publishers wants to be in 100% control of the process as well as holding on to the possibility that either they can license out the Linux-version for lots of money or that Linux someday will be the New Hot Thing that they ride the gravy train by releasing ports at that specific point in time.

For an example we can look at "No One Lives Forever" The Sad Story Behind A Dead PC Game That Can't Come Back. It's a good read to get into the strange thinking on the large publishers.
Linuxpunk 13 June 2018 at 7:02 pm UTC
Eh... Slightly off topic, but IDK if REDengine builds for Linux, but I do know the Whitcher 2 is available on our OS. I'd really like to see Cyberpunk 2077 on Linux. Any ideas on that? Do any of you think it'll be possible?
Ehvis 13 June 2018 at 8:05 pm UTC
LinuxpunkEh... Slightly off topic, but IDK if REDengine builds for Linux, but I do know the Whitcher 2 is available on our OS. I'd really like to see Cyberpunk 2077 on Linux. Any ideas on that? Do any of you think it'll be possible?

No, REDengine does not build on Linux. TW2 was ported by Virtual Programming using their eON wrapper.

And yes, you're not alone in wanting Cyberpunk 2077. I put it in the Feral requestinator a year ago.
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