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Painkiller: Hell and Damnation FPS Game Now In Beta For Linux

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We told you it would come and it finally has, we got notified via twitter from the porter in question that Painkiller: Hell and Damnation (Steam Link) now in beta and be sure to read the release notes.

If you have Painkiller H&D on Steam check your Linux Games!

Leszek Godlewski (@TheIneQuation) October 16, 2013


You can find the steam announcement here with the notes:

QuoteDear Painkiller Linux fans,

We just set the Beta to our Linux version live.
Please mind these known issues and note that these issues are temporary and being worked upon!:

* Open-source GPU drivers (Gallium rx00, radeonsi, Intel) may not work.
Those drivers may lack support for the necessary OpenGL extensions. For the
best experience we recommend the latest proprietary, vendor-supported GPU
drivers.
* Loading times may be slow because of shader compilations.
Not much can be done about this because of the way the Unreal Engine 3
handles shaders. :(
* Loading screen movies have no sound.
* Game controllers have no force feedback.
* No multiplayer compatibility with Windows.
* Multiplayer host might crash when a client is trying to join.
This is a bug in the Steam Client fixed in the beta - if it happens, opt in
for the beta: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta/discussions/1/864957817328247556/

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You have to own Painkiller Hell & Damnation to get access to the Linux Beta version.

Your Nordic Games Team


It's a bit sad to see more games come out that don't have cross-platform multiplayer on them (like Worms in the recent Humble Bundle), I guess sometimes it cannot be helped for older ports. I hope no brand new games do this though.

Compatibility for multiplayer will be added the developer confirmed:

@gamingonlinux Liam, multiplayer compatibility will be there in an update, don't despair! :)

— Leszek Godlewski (@TheIneQuation) October 16, 2013


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Swiftpaw 16 October 2013 at 3:51 pm UTC
Leave the cross-platform multiplayer issue, it will pile up more reasons for Windows gamers to switch, haha. ^n.n^

Anyway this is amazing news and made my day!  15.3 GBs download, hurry up!
hele 16 October 2013 at 4:19 pm UTC
Quote from happygirlJust because it is one of the few titles that put your skills over scripts doesn't mean it's "medicore game", I'd actually rate it 10/10.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the concept of traditional FPS based more on skill than on a story (I like Quake II a lot). I just think that the original Painkiller is better game (more levels and mor fun). Hell and Damnation added modern graphic but cut levels. Also mediocre doesn't mean bad.
philip550c 16 October 2013 at 4:25 pm UTC
Quote from happygirl
Quote from hele
Quote from OZSeaford
Quote from heleI'm not interested in Painkiller, but I'm wondering if Nordic Games can port Alan Wake and Gothic 3. I'd also appreciate Dungeon Lords MMXII.
Gothic 3 huuuuummmmm, lovely
I'm wondering why they chose Painkiller, because it's not the best game in their catalogue (quite mediocre actually).

Just because it is one of the few titles that put your skills over scripts doesn't mean it's "medicore game", I'd actually rate it 10/10.
I agree. I love this series more than the other Nordic games
SC 16 October 2013 at 6:38 pm UTC
Does Painkiller have a ton of DLC?  Will this work on Linux?

Oh man, this such an awesome time for Linux gaming! I never, ever thought I would see all these games come over
Anonymous 16 October 2013 at 7:07 pm UTC
Quote from SCDoes Painkiller have a ton of DLC?  Will this work on Linux?

Oh man, this such an awesome time for Linux gaming! I never, ever thought I would see all these games come over
Same, this is kind of confusing. Before I was very hungry of games and bought everything possible, now there are just too much of them, I have to select much more and restrict myself x)
Lord Avallon 16 October 2013 at 9:17 pm UTC
Quote from Anonymous
Quote from SCDoes Painkiller have a ton of DLC?  Will this work on Linux?

Oh man, this such an awesome time for Linux gaming! I never, ever thought I would see all these games come over
Same, this is kind of confusing. Before I was very hungry of games and bought everything possible, now there are just too much of them, I have to select much more and restrict myself x)
Now, we are starting to have more food than we can eat, this is awesome!
oldrocker99 17 October 2013 at 3:56 pm UTC
It's downloading on my box right now!
philip550c 17 October 2013 at 5:20 pm UTC
Quote from oldrocker99It's downloading on my box right now!
I did yesterday but havent had a chance to launch it yet, let us know how it goes.

I cant wait to play this at the LAN party at work. I just need to wait for the multiplayer to work with windows as most of us are on linux but some still use windows. Does anyone know if this is on mac too?
Swiftpaw 17 October 2013 at 5:29 pm UTC
It's pretty buggy but fairly playable sometimes.

I ended up alt-tabbing around because I thought there was a problem because the game takes like one whole minute to load after sitting at a black screen just after the title box disappears, and this is on high end hardware.

The resolution was messed up and put my screen into panning mode where you move the cursor to move the viewport around on your still-higher-resolution desktop.  Then after I bumped up the resolution to native in the game (after re-applying my proper desktop resolution with the display manager), it tried to restart the game, but that failed, so I had to manually re-launch it. 

The tutorial is missing some textures.

I got stuck when launching the tutorial.  I just sat there and could only look around, but couldn't move, jump, or fire weapon.  Eventually after a voice says something you're suddenly free to run around.

The movies have no sound.

I haven't played any further but I'm going to wait until some of these major issues are fixed before doing so.
philip550c 17 October 2013 at 6:04 pm UTC
hopefully all will be fixed when out of beta
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