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Virtual Programming seem to be busy once again which is good news, turning up on their website recently was both A Hat in Time and Gravel.

Curiously though, this is the second time A Hat in Time has appeared on their website to show they're porting it to Linux. Back in August of 2017, A Hat in Time appeared on Virtual Programming's website (along with MXGP3 which recently released) but the actual developer of the game had never heard of VP and it was then quickly removed. Now it's back again…confusing but good for us to get more games. I'm going to assume it was something announced far too early.


A shot from the official VP website.

The other is Gravel, an off-road racer which does look quite good. Not surprising to see VP working on a Linux port, since Gravel is made by Milestone who also made MXGP3, so it looks like they're continuing to partner up for more ports. This also isn't overly surprising, as we noted back in October we saw hints of it happening.

Both games are in "beta" status according to their website, not that it means anything to us since VP don't put out beta versions to the public.

Personally, I'm really happy to see Virtual Programming continue porting games to Linux, as the more companies we have specialising in Linux gaming the better. Their last port with MXGP3 didn't have great performance (as noted), so hopefully these next two ports will be more playable—fingers crossed, as Gravel is a racer I'm keen to try out.

Update 07/12/18: For the second time, VP have removed A Hat in Time from their website. We've emailed them to find out what's going on.

Hat tip to m2mg2 in our forum.

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mrdeathjr 6 December 2018 at 9:14 pm UTC
XpanderGreat news that they are still working on something. Hopefully they will bring Vulkan this time around as MXGP3 was pretty bad in terms of performance.

Gravel looks interesting

Yeah actually dxvk runs better but vp port* performance still acceptable and more important thing is native

*However wine port with developer support will be acceptable too

Actually most vp ports need high single thread**

**For this reason and emulators, wine d3d9 / proton implementation have my
Core i3 8350K @ 5.0ghz - 215 cinebench single thread

However i hope ryzen 7nm stay very closer to my actual single thread, if them show 200 or more in single thread will be acceptable




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slaapliedje 6 December 2018 at 10:42 pm UTC
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slaapliedjeWeren't they supposed to port Two Worlds II?
No, that was an in-house port from Topware Interactive who no longer have a Linux person (last I heard from them).
Ah, I'd wondered what had happened to it. There was a bunch of talk about it... then nothing.
hummer010 6 December 2018 at 11:06 pm UTC
I have a Hat in Time from Humble, but I haven't played it yet. I was considering trying it with Steamplay, now I'll hold of until VP releases their port.
Smoke39 6 December 2018 at 11:35 pm UTC
A Hat in Time is a very pleasant surprise. I'd mostly given up hope on that one.

Naibooo nice!!!
My daughter is sort of getting to the end of Yooka-Laylee and while Psychonaught2 would be great, its delayed. A Hat in Time looks a perfect free-world platform game

Poi is lovely if you haven't already heard of it.
flesk 7 December 2018 at 12:25 am UTC
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Wow! I'm super excited about AHiT coming to Linux!
Grabby 7 December 2018 at 1:55 am UTC
Argh, I just finished AHiT on Proton. I would have waited, had I known...

The game is playable on Proton, but the performance is not great, so there's definitely room for this port to do better. It runs on DX9 though, so they probably won't be able to use Vulkan. Still very good news that it's coming to Linux, it's an excellent game.
no_information_here 7 December 2018 at 2:04 am UTC
QuotePersonally, I'm really happy to see Virtual Programming continue porting games to Linux, as the more companies we have specialising in Linux gaming the better.
I am really happy to see VP still in the game. I know some of their ports have received some criticism, but Bioshock Infinite ran really well for me. I am sure some games are easier to port than others!

Now that VP have refined their skills, it would be great if CDPR might give them Witcher 3. I hope CDPR weren't put off by the (initial) negative reaction after Witcher 2.
no_information_here 7 December 2018 at 2:09 am UTC
QuoteNow it's back again…confusing but good for us to get more games.
I can't seem to find A Hat in Time on their website now. I hope it really is coming this time!
m2mg2 7 December 2018 at 2:19 am UTC
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QuoteNow it's back again…confusing but good for us to get more games.
I can't seem to find A Hat in Time on their website now. I hope it really is coming this time!

It does seem to have disappeared.....
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