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Natural Selection 2 Has Officially Smashed Onto Linux
Posted by , 29 August 2013 at 8:45 am UTC / 17761 views
You heard it right folks, Natural Selection 2 the FPS/RTS hybrid is now available on Linux from Steam. The official announcement has yet to be made but they confirmed it's correct on their forum.

QuoteThanks to the outstanding dedication of the Brians, the Reinforced update is now live. Changelog will come tomorrow after the boys have gotten some sleep at last.

Some notable last minute bug fixes include the bilebomb splash when going through phase gates, fixes for alien movement, and the new alien vision now highlights players and structures in a different colour. Huzzah!
Source: http://forums.unknownworlds.com/discussion/comment/2142909/#Comment_2142909

I have tested it myself and it works and works pretty well for me too! Did the whole marine training course without any major issues.

For those who don't know about it, details below!

About
Natural Selection 2 is an immersive, multiplayer shooter that pits aliens against humans in a strategic and action-packed struggle for survival. It seamlessly combines shooter and RTS/strategy gameplay.

Key Features:
  • Two Unique Sides:
    Whether you play as one of the elite marine Frontiersmen or the vicious alien Kharaa, you must use unique strategies and your abilities to win. Marines form persistent squads to find and destroy alien hives. Aliens can choose a wall-running Skulk, pudgy Gorge, flying Lerk, murderous Fade or gigantic Onos that can smash through doors.
  • Real-time Strategy:
    Commanders play from overhead to lead their team to victory. Build structures anywhere, collect resources and research upgrades. Marines buy weapons at an Armory or build sentry turrets and siege cannons to assault the enemy. Aliens build upgrade chambers, evolve special abilities and plant traps.
  • Dynamic Environments:
    Use a flamethrower to clear the spreading alien infestation. Aliens destroy power nodes knock out the lights and power down marine structures. Random start locations mean you must scout your enemy and before committing to a build. Every game is different.
  • Unlimited Variations:
    WYSIWYG graphical tools and powerful scripting allow you to create new weapons, scenarios or entirely new games. You’ll get all our tools (level editor, cinematic tool and more) as well as the full Lua source code to Natural Selection 2. Version 1.0 is just the beginning – ongoing automatic updates keep the game fresh by adding new maps, weapons and abilities. Steam Workshop support and auto-downloading makes playing and distributing mods automatic - and gameplay always fresh. 
Unofficial update video

So you know what to do folks, go pick up a copy here.

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abelthorne commented on 29 August 2013 at 9:09 am UTC

Mmm... Tried it a few hours ago, launched the training and all I got was a black screen with the mouse cursor visible. The game was not frozen, I could display the Steam overlay or alt+tab to get back to the desktop and kill the process.
I thought that maybe it wasn't really released yet and there would be an update tomorrow but if the devs confirmed it's live...


Arkdor commented on 29 August 2013 at 9:39 am UTC

Same here!! Any suggestion how to resolve black screen issue?


maokei commented on 29 August 2013 at 9:40 am UTC

abelthorneMmm... Tried it a few hours ago, launched the training and all I got was a black screen with the mouse cursor visible. The game was not frozen, I could display the Steam overlay or alt+tab to get back to the desktop and kill the process.
I thought that maybe it wasn't really released yet and there would be an update tomorrow but if the devs confirmed it's live...
The official Linux release date is supposed to be tomorrow with the new update, so theres probably going to be a path soon.


liamdawe commented on 29 August 2013 at 9:41 am UTC

maokei
Quote from abelthorneMmm... Tried it a few hours ago, launched the training and all I got was a black screen with the mouse cursor visible. The game was not frozen, I could display the Steam overlay or alt+tab to get back to the desktop and kill the process.
I thought that maybe it wasn't really released yet and there would be an update tomorrow but if the devs confirmed it's live...
The official Linux release date is supposed to be tomorrow with the new update, so theres probably going to be a path soon.
The official update has already landed, that's the point of this whole news post , read the quoted part in the article "the Reinforced update is now live".

If you have issues report it to the developers, if you don't report bugs then they don't get fixed.



little commented on 29 August 2013 at 9:42 am UTC
little commented on 29 August 2013 at 9:45 am UTC

littleTo resolve the black screen issue:
http://forums.unknownworlds.com/discussion/131682/linux-game-has-trouble-with-locales-that-use-different-decimal-separator
Also decided to register. I think I'll be hanging around here a bit more in the future
(sorry for doubleposting. wont happen again )


abelthorne commented on 29 August 2013 at 10:18 am UTC
toor commented on 29 August 2013 at 11:43 am UTC

is it normal that even with lowest graphics ever I get so few fps… it's hardely playable.

lspci | grep -i vga
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107 [GeForce GTX 650] (rev a1)

with nvidia-313 driver and Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz


scaine commented on 29 August 2013 at 11:55 am UTC
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tooris it normal that even with lowest graphics ever I get so few fps… it's hardely playable.

lspci | grep -i vga
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107 [GeForce GTX 650] (rev a1)

with nvidia-313 driver and Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz

I have a Core i7, Nvidia GTX670, so a bit better hardware, but comparable - the game plays perfectly here. Same driver too. What are you running things on - I'm on a 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 install here?

I must say, I'm really surprised at the quality of the graphics. This game is a real stunner.


toor commented on 29 August 2013 at 12:26 pm UTC

I'm running linux mint 15 so we could say ubuntu.
64 bit as well.
And I get between 30-40 frames per second.


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