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Looks like the racing game 'Gravel' will be getting a Linux version

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Gravel [Steam], the "ultimate off-road experience" is a racing game from Milestone (MXGP, MotoGP and many more) and it's showing signs of coming to Linux.

Spotted by NuSuey from TuxDB, it does appear to be so. When looking for more details over on SteamDB, there's clearly plenty of activity going on towards a Linux version. It has a "Gravel Port Linux Binary" content depot as well as a "Mac/Linux port testing" locked branch on Steam.

It wouldn't surprise me if the port was being done by Virtual Programming, since their website still lists that they're doing a Linux port of MXGP3 (another Milestone game) which has been listed there for over a year now. Linux certainly doesn't have enough racing games, so this will be a very welcome port. It doesn't have the best reviews overall though, with many users and critics not too fussed with it. However, it's worth noting it's had quite a few patches to improve various aspects of it since the release back in February this year.

As for what the game features, it has four different disciplines to race in:

  • Cross Country: Huge areas with different layouts, perfect for competing in checkpoint races in the most evocative landscapes. Run through a waterfall with the aurora borealis as backdrop or try the right grip in the largest deserts in the world.
  • Wild Rush: The wildest locations where you can compete in lap races. Unique environments with natural obstacles that will force you to race your way through the slopes of a mountain, on paradise islands, and through masses of debris and quarry rocks.
  • Speed Cross: Races set in the most beautiful tracks in the world. Real-world tracks, from Europe to America, where you can show your skills in incredible jumps and chicanes.
  • Stadium: Real and fictional arenas, full of jumps and spectacular layouts!
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Leopard 25 October 2018 at 12:19 pm UTC
VP is still alive , wot?
tuubi 25 October 2018 at 12:21 pm UTC
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Could be a decent arcade racer. Reviews aren't great but they're good enough. I wouldn't mind giving it a go.
Mohandevir 25 October 2018 at 12:56 pm UTC
Driving like Dirt Rally or Dirt: Showdown? I would gladly use a lot more Dirt:Showdown style games. Something that doesn't require a Steering wheel to be competitive... If you know what I mean?
tuubi 25 October 2018 at 1:00 pm UTC
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Definitely more like Showdown according to reviews. This is not a simulator. About the same amount of content as SD as well (10-15 hours to 100%), for the rather hefty price tag of 50€ + DLC.
14 25 October 2018 at 1:16 pm UTC
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Since I'm terrible at F1 2017, I wouldn't mind a game that was more at the difficulty level of, say, Forza Motorsport 3.
Julius 25 October 2018 at 2:39 pm UTC
Any indications that this will support VR?
Redneck 25 October 2018 at 3:36 pm UTC
MohandevirDriving like Dirt Rally or Dirt: Showdown? I would gladly use a lot more Dirt:Showdown style games. Something that doesn't require a Steering wheel to be competitive... If you know what I mean?

Contrary to this popular belief, Dirt Rally is actually easier with a controller. The wheel (while more precise) is way more challenging than a gamepad and I've beated quite a few players who used the wheel, both in DR and Grid Autosport.

Back on the topic: being Milestone the makers of the MotoGP and Ride series I'm really glad to read this! Ride is now playable through Steam Play but Ride 3 is around the corner! Maybe... Jus' maybe? Pls Milestone

Last edited by Redneck at 25 October 2018 at 3:37 pm UTC
gustavoyaraujo 25 October 2018 at 4:05 pm UTC
Yes, We need for racing games, please!
GustyGhost 25 October 2018 at 4:24 pm UTC
LeopardVP is still alive , wot?

Now with Proton, I wonder if VP will drop out of the race entirely.
Leopard 25 October 2018 at 4:50 pm UTC
LeopardVP is still alive , wot?

Now with Proton, I wonder if VP will drop out of the race entirely.

I don't think so. Proton is there for stopping decreasing numbers in Linux gaming and give it a traction with giving access to many AAA titles we would never see in native form anyway.

So VP kinda dropped the ball because Steam Machine hype died. If we can gain more players and reach by 1.5 percent in somewhat reasonable timeframe ; game will be start again and porters like VP can get new deals.
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