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Portal out of Beta, what's next for Valve's Linux titles?

Posted by , 25 June 2013 at 7:54 am UTC / 11866 views
That's right yet another title is now official stable enough not be in Beta, that's Portal for Linux!

So then Valve have released a few awesome titles onto Linux and I am sure many will be forever grateful for their Linux push, they still have a few titles still to come and I am wandering, when they will come to Linux?

Portal 2
So we have Portal now, one of Valve's most interesting titles that's for sure but can anyone guess when we will see Portal 2? Portal 2 expands a lot on the first one and includes a co-op mode to play with friends so, it's sure to be another hit! When will it hit though? That's the real question.

DOTA 2
The one I am probably most looking forward to is DOTA 2, it's a very competitive game and the types of players you can regularly find can be quite err..horrible? Still if you find good people to play with this is a game like TF2 that can be played for endless hours of fun.

Counter Strike: GO
The latest version of Valve's popular Counter Strike series has yet to hit Linux, with it's graphical updates, new maps and game types this is sure to be a hit with FPS on Linux.

Left 4 Dead
So we have Left 4 Dead 2 in Beta forum but, will we get the original game? That remains to be seen but a few people do seem to prefer the balance in the original over the current version. I'm unsure on this one, since L4D2 includes the original campaign but of course it plays differently, this is why I think they won't port the original as the newer version has that.

We also have a good list of Valve titles that are still in beta including Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2 and it's episodes, so they still need a bit of further polishing.

The question is folks, can you guess when they will be released? This is just for a bit of fun, if you have played the titles before in say Wine or Windows (I know some of you dual boot, I am still 'guilty' of having Windows on a very small partition!)  let us know how you found them and are they worth it for prospective Linux only purchasers?

Personally the way I think it will go down for future Valve titles on Linux will be (in order appearance on Linux);
  • Portal 2
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA2, I don't think we will see DOTA2 until next year either so prepare for a long wait!

One of the main reasons I think it will be a little slow is taking into account the amount of games still in Beta, if you look at their Github's they have a fair few bug reports open so I think the Valve Linux guys may have a lot of work ahead of them before they do yet another port!
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Kristian 25 June 2013 at 8:15 am UTC
What about Alien Swarm, Half-Life Source and Half-Life Deathmatch Source?
liamdawe 25 June 2013 at 8:21 am UTC
I tend to forget about them really, mainly as no one else seems to really talk about them!

There is this post on the steam forum to ask for a Linux version of Alien Swarm, you should all add your wishes there too.
Kristian 25 June 2013 at 8:29 am UTC
liamdaweI tend to forget about them really, mainly as no one else seems to really talk about them!
None of them are even out for Mac, but neither were the Goldsrc titles when Valve started their Linux porting adventure. Porting those three titles to Linux would be a great gesture showing how commited they are, just like with the Goldsrc titles. Another way of showing that would be to port the Source SDK and modding tools.  If they port the titles you mentioned and I mentioned + the SDK and modding tools they would basically have nothing left they even could port at all. Besides Half-Life Decay but that didn't even get a Windows release as it was console exclusive(PS2).
edgley 25 June 2013 at 9:14 am UTC
I think Portal 2 is most likely the next goal -- though I kind of wish they would go for CS:GO, just as it's a newer iteration of the engine.

I have to say, I don't agree about your L4D comment. It would be silly for them not to port it considering the amount of people that still play it; not to mention it would end up being the only title they actively chose against porting it. I do, however, think it will be on the back burner -- much like I imagine HL:S and HLDM:S are.
suore 25 June 2013 at 12:31 pm UTC
To port left:

*Half Life 1: Source
*Half Life 1: Deathmath
*Counter Strike 1:Condition Zero - Deleted Scenes
*Portal 2
*DOTA 2
*Counter Strike: Global Offensive
*Left4Dead 1

Source SDK 2XXX
Kristian 25 June 2013 at 4:08 pm UTC
suoreTo port left:

*Half Life 1: Source
*Half Life 1: Deathmath
*Counter Strike 1:Condition Zero - Deleted Scenes
*Portal 2
*DOTA 2
*Counter Strike: Global Offensive
*Left4Dead 1

Source SDK 2XXX

Don't forget Alien Swarm!
techheadz 26 June 2013 at 9:02 am UTC
Either way I didn't think in a million years I would be downloading games to play in Linux on Steam. I'm downloading Portal now. I bought Half Life 2 last month and love it.
FutureSuture 26 June 2013 at 12:02 pm UTC
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I sincerely hope that Left 4 Dead does get ported. It just wouldn't make sense to me for it not to get ported considering Valve's previous efforts. In addition, I think it would make most sense for Valve to release games in terms of their requirements i.e. games with higher requirements should be released later to benefit from newer graphics drivers.
s_d 27 June 2013 at 12:59 am UTC
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I swear I read that the Valve team had confirmed (once, somewhere) that DOTA 2 was coming eventually.  Perhaps I'm conflating that with something else, but I'll go try to dig that info up.
Linas 27 June 2013 at 2:51 pm UTC
Half-Life 2 is not marked beta in my account since today! True story.
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