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Looks like the open-world FPS 'The Signal From Tölva' is now on Linux

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Thanks to a user comment on one of our older articles, we've been informed that The Signal From Tölva [Official Site] is now on Linux on Steam. I've checked myself and it does download and launch. Going by SteamDB, it was added a day ago with no word from the developer.

This is the third game from Big Robot Ltd, the developer of Sir, You Are Being Hunted which is also available for Linux. They also developed AVSEQ which is not on Linux.

About the game:

The Signal From Tölva is a journey into a wild, weird science fiction landscape, filled with danger and beauty: you must survive terrible hazards, navigate through impossible spaces, and fight an ongoing battle to control this haunted, blighted world. Explore, ponder strange texts, and find tranquillity between the battles. You will make use of a range of powerful tools to overcome your enemies and uncover secrets: hack robots to battle alongside you, equip powerful weapons, and detonate savage defence systems.

Fight, explore, and solve the mystery of The Signal From Tölva!

Performance on all maxed settings hovers between 45-60FPS. Not bad at all really! Sadly though, it took me all of 5 minutes messing around to get completely stuck. I jumped on top of some wrecked and then I just couldn't move. Thankfully, the game includes a system where you can hijack another robot using the map, so it was nothing more than a minor nuisance.

The loadout system seems pretty nice, with you being able to unlock and buy new primary and secondary weapons, new shields and more. I actually saw a complaint in a negative review about collecting resources being pointless—I guess they missed the entire loadout system then…

I will say it's not a game for people who want fast-paced action, a lot of it is slower and there is a fair amount of walking involved in discovering all the locations. Something about the game feels quite lonely too, there's not a lot going on, the lands look pretty barren too.

There's no official announcement yet, but it's very much available and working really quite well.

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Leopard 18 November 2017 at 3:07 pm UTC
Game looks like abandoned , 0 in-game.
Ardje 18 November 2017 at 3:17 pm UTC
EikeDoes this game have a proper story and ending?
I'm fine with strolling aroung a lonely world - if I'm strolling for a reason...
For now I am taking over bases of bad robots, and doing things that is explaining what has happened.
I am not that far in yet, I started at easy, and yet it did eat some time from tending to my Ark dino's. And that is saying something.
It's not super relaxed at easy, but it is relaxed. And while being relaxed it does make me think about what happened. I mean: you are injected into a robot's AI. Why are there bad robots?
So if you are looking for action, there isn't. If you are looking for a story: there probably is a nice one. But I am just scratching the surface...
It's like that other game where you crashland on a planet and you realise the planet has already been visited and abandoned by the russians. The actions you have to do holds you off to finish the story too soon so you can think about, long for the next piece of hint about what is/was going on.
This game seems to go that direction.
I have one downside though: on a steam controller the aiming part has a too low resolution.
rustybroomhandle 18 November 2017 at 10:18 pm UTC
LeopardGame looks like abandoned , 0 in-game.

It's single player so this does not matter. Also, the devs are working on an expansion/dlc for it.
Buzzleclair 19 November 2017 at 4:35 am UTC
liamdawe
CorbenIt's not (yet) officially advertised as a SteamOS title, is it?
At least I see only a Windows and macOS icon.
No, this is mentioned twice in the article.


Something is wrong with this article: this game is actually not available on Linux officially on Steam. It's only on Windows and MacOS, that's it!

So do you mean that if we purchase the game, it will be available on Linux magically? Will it count as a Linux purchase?

Sorry, but this article is very misleading...

I'm saying that because I'd like to buy and play this game, but only on Linux, if not, I'll ignore it...
liamdawe 19 November 2017 at 9:55 am UTC
Buzzleclair
liamdawe
CorbenIt's not (yet) officially advertised as a SteamOS title, is it?
At least I see only a Windows and macOS icon.
No, this is mentioned twice in the article.


Something is wrong with this article: this game is actually not available on Linux officially on Steam. It's only on Windows and MacOS, that's it!

So do you mean that if we purchase the game, it will be available on Linux magically? Will it count as a Linux purchase?

Sorry, but this article is very misleading...

I'm saying that because I'd like to buy and play this game, but only on Linux, if not, I'll ignore it...
There is nothing misleading about it. Try reading it again, perhaps a bit slower.

If you are struggling, let me quote a key part for you:
me, the articleI've checked myself and it does download and launch.
It is on Linux, just not officially advertised. Quite a few games do this, that doesn't make my article misleading, when I clearly mention it:
hi, me again, the articleThere's no official announcement yet, but it's very much available and working really quite well.
Eike 19 November 2017 at 9:55 am UTC
BuzzleclairSomething is wrong with this article: this game is actually not available on Linux officially on Steam. It's only on Windows and MacOS, that's it!

It's available, but not officially. That's it.

BuzzleclairWill it count as a Linux purchase?

It has been reported that sells using Linux were even credited to Linux when there wasn't any Linux version (when not played on Windows in the next time, that is).

But you don't need to count on it, I guess they didn't make and upload a Linux version and are not going to make it official later on.
Armand Raynal 19 November 2017 at 2:10 pm UTC
MAkes me think of Metal Arms. Eager to try this!
Alexander 19 November 2017 at 5:26 pm UTC
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I have tested it and of course it downloaded like liam wrote. I like that this Game runs also with amd vega mesa driver. It is a nice part time Shooter for me on Linux. Nice comic graphics :-)


kernel used:
linux-amd-staging-drm-next-git 4.14.708912.85d09ce5e503-1

Mesa:
mesa-git 17.4.0_devel.97885.ddcd4b05a3-1
clang-svn 6.0.0svn_r318558-1
llvm-svn 6.0.0svn_r318558-1


Last edited by Alexander at 19 November 2017 at 5:27 pm UTC
jgacas 20 November 2017 at 7:02 am UTC
Developer officially announced Linux version in a blog post.
Plintslîcho 20 November 2017 at 6:36 pm UTC
The game looks super beautiful. But from the videos I've watched so far I had the impression there isn't much going on in the game. Still, it looks amazing.
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