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No Brakes Games have discontinued Linux support for Human: Fall Flat

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Some sad news to wake up to, as No Brakes Games have discontinued Linux support for Human: Fall Flat [Steam].

Here's what they said on a Steam post:

Unfortunately we've made the decision to discontinue Linux support so we can focus on new content and features for Windows and Mac versions. Apologies for this but thank you for your understanding!

Going by SteamDB, it looks like this was done around five days ago.

The Linux version does still exist and it is still playable, but they're no longer advertising it and so it will not get any future updates. It's a sad time when things like this happen, especially when I was quite a fan of the game. Thankfully though, this situation is actually really quite rare.

In the era of Steam Play/Proton, it's not such a massive issue, although it does become a nuisance when they leave an outdated build up since Steam doesn't currently offer a built-in way to pick between Native and Steam Play. Native2Proton is a thing, but it's not as simple as Steam's click and play. So, Linux gamers end up with a subpar experience. It's also not great for people who don't use Steam, since they actually removed Human: Fall Flat from GOG at some point too. Obviously though, it's still not good.

What bugs me about situations like this, is that developers end up being able to drop support for platforms with basically no repercussions. Anyone who purchased it solely for Linux support does have a right to be annoyed, but can they refund it? Not unless you're within two weeks and under two hours play time. You could argue "you got your money's worth", but then you paid for support which you no longer get while other platforms that paid the same still do. 

As mentioned though, this situation is quite rare but it's still not great.

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Eike 30 October 2018 at 11:32 am UTC
pb> Anyone who purchased it solely for Linux support does have a right to be annoyed, but can they refund it? Not unless you're within two weeks and under two hours play time.

I think it's still worth a shot, Valve is sometimes flexible with refunds and dropping Linux is a valid reason. I'd try but I bought it from humble store. :-(

This has to be a valid reason.
Dedale 30 October 2018 at 11:34 am UTC
Maybe you could explain yourself politely to the humble store people. I did no talk a lot with their support but they seemed reasonable.

Edit: i had my refund from Humble and my game was removed from my steam Library afterwards. But it was a port which was not working and i had asked the refund quickly.

I sort of understand the devs but this weaken the efforts of other devs. I like gaming but i buy Linux games to support the platform otherwise i probably would not bother that much. If i think that even with buying the Linux version i still won't have a Linux support and eventually no refund it makes me much more circumspect when it comes to buying games from game studios i do not know very well.

I already do not kickstart or buy early access for that kind of reasons.


Last edited by Dedale on 30 October 2018 at 11:47 am UTC
YoRHa-2B 30 October 2018 at 11:53 am UTC
ArticleThankfully though, this situation is actually really quite rare.
Not sure if that statement is really true when you're writing at least one such article every week as of late.
saturnoyo 30 October 2018 at 12:15 pm UTC
I didn't notice! I was about to buy it now that it is on sale (it's been on my wishlist for some time).

I don't understand how a developer can stop supporting a game on a platform once they have sold it. I hope they at least offer refunds if someone plays on linux and finds a game breaking bug.

To me the path is clear, game removed from my wishlist and I won't buy any future games from them. Clearly they can't be trusted.

It's a pity, I wanted to play it.
scaine 30 October 2018 at 12:25 pm UTC
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YoRHa-2B
ArticleThankfully though, this situation is actually really quite rare.
Not sure if that statement is really true when you're writing at least one such article every week as of late.

Examples? I'm only aware of Rust, which was a couple of months back? At least one article a week?? What am I missing...?
Liam Dawe 30 October 2018 at 12:50 pm UTC
YoRHa-2B
ArticleThankfully though, this situation is actually really quite rare.
Not sure if that statement is really true when you're writing at least one such article every week as of late.
Now now, with all due respect that's just not true.

  • The Banner Saga, earliest post asking I can find is Feb this year

  • Rust, which was back in July and they should add Linux support back eventually.

  • Anodyne a few days ago

  • Human: Fall Flat



So, that's what, four actually removed? I'm not remembering anything else. That's across this entire year.

I will back this up with data anyone can go back to: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/wiki/Games_that_removed_Linux_support


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 30 October 2018 at 2:02 pm UTC
Corben 30 October 2018 at 1:05 pm UTC
Meh, I just recently started playing it with my girlfriend... cross platform play was working pretty well
So... let's speak up against that and be loud as usual. Then the devs might reconsider.

edit: I hate do think about it... but... does it work good enough in proton?


Last edited by Corben on 30 October 2018 at 1:08 pm UTC
sonic 30 October 2018 at 1:24 pm UTC
I think I should change my positive review "...And runs fine on Linux"

Anyone tried the refund?
Pit 30 October 2018 at 1:55 pm UTC
QuoteIn the era of Steam Play/Proton, it's not such a massive issue,

Sorry, what kind of statement is this?

What do we need Linux native games, we have wine. And such words on a site like GOL.....
Liam Dawe 30 October 2018 at 2:03 pm UTC
Pit
QuoteIn the era of Steam Play/Proton, it's not such a massive issue,

Sorry, what kind of statement is this?

What do we need Linux native games, we have wine. And such words on a site like GOL.....
I'm simply stating that it's available, I didn't say anything further about that aspect, let's not put words in my mouth. I also mentioned how it's not great for anyone outside of Steam.
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