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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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tuubi 25 October 2018 at 5:24 pm UTC
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RedneckContrary 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.
It's rare to see any top-ten times in any of the Dirt Rally online events that were not done with a wheel, as proven by the leaderboards. You can be good with a gamepad, but a proper wheel and pedals do give you an edge if you've got the skill. But I do agree that a wheel isn't required to enjoy the game, and a better controller doesn't make you into a better driver.
psycho_driver 25 October 2018 at 6:41 pm UTC
Glad to see VP is still working on linux ports. People need to get over the whole early Witcher 2 thing. Their ports since then have been some of the best work we've seen from a porting company, performance wise.
Mohandevir 25 October 2018 at 7:30 pm UTC
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RedneckContrary 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.
It's rare to see any top-ten times in any of the Dirt Rally online events that were not done with a wheel, as proven by the leaderboards. You can be good with a gamepad, but a proper wheel and pedals do give you an edge if you've got the skill. But I do agree that a wheel isn't required to enjoy the game, and a better controller doesn't make you into a better driver.

In fact, I think you nailed the right expression: Simulation racing vs Arcade racing. I have a lot more fun in Arcade racers where you don't need to be in the right path, at the good speed, where you have to brake + accelerate at the right time and where precision is the key. I prefer more "casual/arcade" racers like Dirt: Showdown or, maybe, Distance.

This said, on more racing game is always good!
stan 25 October 2018 at 8:31 pm UTC
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Don’t listen to anyone saying that Dirt Rally is better with a gamepad, it’s not true. It requires the precision of a wheel. I don’t have a wheel and only the first car (the Mini) is playable because it is slow enough and FWD.
GustyGhost 25 October 2018 at 9:00 pm UTC
psycho_driverGlad to see VP is still working on linux ports. People need to get over the whole early Witcher 2 thing. Their ports since then have been some of the best work we've seen from a porting company, performance wise.

I appreciate their work on porting the entire Saint's Row franchise. They all ran beautifully. If only they could return to that level of determination.
tuubi 25 October 2018 at 9:01 pm UTC
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stanDon’t listen to anyone saying that Dirt Rally is better with a gamepad, it’s not true. It requires the precision of a wheel. I don’t have a wheel and only the first car (the Mini) is playable because it is slow enough and FWD.
As I said in an earlier comment, it's definitely not better with a gamepad, but it's perfectly playable. Dirt Rally is simply a challenging game and takes a lot of practice. I've never owned a wheel either, but after 387 hours of gameplay I'm still having fun with it.

The old Mini is the slowest and easiest car in the game, but after a while you'll also find it's the most boring. Not much fun in just flooring the gas and pointing the car in the right direction, which is what you'll be doing on most stages.

I do like a good arcade racer as well, but it's a whole different type of fun.
Redneck 29 October 2018 at 4:35 pm UTC
stanDon’t listen to anyone saying that Dirt Rally is better with a gamepad, it’s not true. It requires the precision of a wheel. I don’t have a wheel and only the first car (the Mini) is playable because it is slow enough and FWD.

The wheel is heavily recommended to have the best fun, but every car is doable with a gamepad. You may struggle a bit with the RWD group B or the R4 category, but it's not impossible
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