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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In the era of Steam Play/Proton, it's not such a massive issue, although it does become a nuisance when they leave an outdated build up since Steam doesn't currently offer a built-in way to pick between Native and Steam Play.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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inlinuxdude 30 October 2018 at 7:47 pm UTC
Welp, they've managed to get themselves removed from my wishlist... That generally only happens when I buy games unless some company really ticks me off...
slaapliedje 30 October 2018 at 9:19 pm UTC
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I didn't notice that Orion removed Alice's Mom's Rescue. That game was released for the Jaguar and the Falcon, so why he wouldn't support it on Linux.....

He tried a kick starter for his game tools to create games, and because he didn't advertise enough, he bailed on it and dropped out of the community...
g000h 30 October 2018 at 9:56 pm UTC
Not at all happy about this status. Sure I "could" play these games on Steam Play/Proton, but...

1) I own Human Fall Flat, Vive Le Roi - I bought them as native Linux games and I bought them because they were on Linux, and I haven't even played them yet.

2) Had they not been on Linux when I bought them I would not have bought them at all. I was specifically supporting Developers that support Linux.

Meanwhile, even though RUST has possible issues, I have continued to play it since July 2018, regularly on different RUST servers including the official ones, and it has been working fine.

Finally, Proton is only a partial fix - I DON'T want to use Proton wherever possible. I avoid buying games which are not out on Linux. Currently Proton tech is only working on about half the titles I want to play.
Captain_Rage 30 October 2018 at 10:44 pm UTC
NOOOO!!
orochi_kyo 30 October 2018 at 11:14 pm UTC
MaxPowerSad. I did not have any problem running that game. Why?
Gonna tell you why, No Brakes games are just awful developers, the game itself is fun and good, but its plagued with a lot of bugs that hasnt been attended for months, the menus and the way you get into the splitscreen is just so counterintuitive.
Also the lack of content is disturbing and the fact their workshop support is just awful, it seems they are planning another DLC stage soon and they see Workshop maps as a menace to their plans.

Another dev to blacklist, nothing else.
tofuhead 31 October 2018 at 11:13 am UTC
hmm, a bit sad thing yes.. but understandable.. if I remember correctly there isn't really a huge dev team behind it, but one or two people only. so supporting all platforms adds of course to the workload. and Linux sales being what it is, sure, it's the first thing to drop.

I didn't buy the game to support Linux, I bought the game to enjoy it with my daughter and support the developers. and we can continue to enjoy it.. works fine in Wine too, maybe on that Proton thing too later on.. if it comes to that.

before, you bought the game, and that was it, the game you got. nowadays, you buy a game, and expect the developer to keep on making it to you for free for years and years? it's a bit puzzling for me. nice, but puzzling.

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Ehvis 31 October 2018 at 12:55 pm UTC
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stretch611And Ticket to Ride which was mentioned here last year.
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/the-developers-of-ticket-to-ride-have-abandoned-linux-support-for-their-game.9397

This one was put back though.
sonic 1 November 2018 at 11:27 am UTC
Look at all those negative reviews

Human Fall flat reviews
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