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Raven’s Cry Released On Linux, Still A Bit Buggy

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The open world pirate RPG Raven’s Cry has been released with day one Linux support.

The game features some impressive AAA quality graphics and it’s an encouraging sign to see these kinds of games released on Linux at the same time as Windows now and also a couple of months before console releases.

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Raven’s Cry looks promising in terms of story and setting, featuring historically accurate architecture from the 18th century, a morality system, side-quests and economy system. However, the game does seem to be plagued by the usual release issues with a few bugs here and there along with performance issues.

These issues appear to occur across all platforms and aren't exclusive to Linux. From what I have seen, the game appears to run under Linux but those wanting better performance may want to wait until a patch is released.

I haven’t had a chance to play the game and test it myself, so if anyone who has it wants to share their experiences here, it would be useful for those looking to buy the game. If the bugs are ironed out, I will most likely get the game myself since I’m itching to play an open world RPG with an interesting story.

Check out Raven's Cry on Steam. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Faugn 31 January 2015 at 8:26 pm UTC
Sad how releasing a buggy game is now the norm.... Another reason to wait before buying a game, and more importantly never ever pre-order.
Keyrock 31 January 2015 at 8:34 pm UTC
Yeah, the game seems to have a lot of bugs. I've been pretty lucky on my Xubuntu 14.04 rig. There is a bug (which I reported) that the game often (not always) locks up when autosaving. There is an easy workaround which is to simply disable autosaving (I've never had the game lock up when manually saving). Outside of that, the game has run quite well for me, though it could just be dumb luck as I've only played a little over 2 hours so far.

I'd say AAA graphics is a bit of a stretch. The environments look pretty nice, but the character models, especially outside of the main character and a few other major characters, look like they're from about 7 or 8 years ago. The voice acting and dialogue are pretty bad, there are major lip sync issues (maybe due to this being in a different language than English initially), missing voice acting, clipping issues pretty crazy for a game released in 2015, weird audio mixing problems making it hard to hear conversations (luckily there are separate volume sliders for voices and other stuff, so you can work around this), and a whole host of bugs and lack of polish issues.

With all that said, I'm enjoying the game. It has a weird low budget charm to it. The naval combat isn't as smooth, fast, and nicely flowing as in Black Flag, but it works well enough once you get used to it and doesn't hold your had as much (which I like). Plus the game has real, proper, dirty, vulgar, sexist sea shanties, the way they were meant to be. I love me some sea shanties.

Anyway, I've been lucky with the game running well for me. Hopefully they'll get the issues sorted out so it will run well for others too. To anyone thinking about getting this, know that it;s essentially a beta right now.
Samsai 31 January 2015 at 8:37 pm UTC
What's up with buggy AAAs these days? QA god dammit!
godlike 31 January 2015 at 8:52 pm UTC
Bought it and tried it for 10' on a nVidia 560ti. The performance is not great but that is somewhat understandable, 560ti is a 3+ years old mid-range GPU. The game looks quite good though.

Thought it was better to support the developers now even if the current state of the game is not optimal. Hope they will sort these problems out.
nitroflow 31 January 2015 at 9:40 pm UTC
It's full of negative steam reviews so I'll pass for now.
tony1ab 31 January 2015 at 10:26 pm UTC
Keyrock 31 January 2015 at 10:38 pm UTC
tony1abthe best reason to not to buy it is this
http://steamcommunity.com/app/281130/discussions/0/624075482725081987/

That is pretty messed up if true. At the same time, that's a Gamasutra article, and I trust Gamasutra about as far as I could throw a M1A1 Abrams tank, which is to say, not at all.
Segata Sanshiro 31 January 2015 at 11:22 pm UTC
tony1abthe best reason to not to buy it is this
http://steamcommunity.com/app/281130/discussions/0/624075482725081987/

Kind of playing devil's advocate here because I can't confirm the validity of this story, but isn't not buying a game punishing the developer more than the publisher?

For all we know, the publisher rushing the developers could have been the reason why the game is buggy or maybe they had to go with topware because they were the only ones who would put up the money to make the game.

That's why I try to be a bit careful when writing because we don't really know what happens behind closed doors. Still, if that is true, then it's pretty bad.
tony1ab 1 February 2015 at 12:01 am UTC
Segata. Publisher and developer are the same guy/guys in this case.
One on that forum post realized.
Orkultus 1 February 2015 at 12:56 am UTC
KeyrockYeah, the game seems to have a lot of bugs. I've been pretty lucky on my Xubuntu 14.04 rig. There is a bug (which I reported) that the game often (not always) locks up when autosaving. There is an easy workaround which is to simply disable autosaving (I've never had the game lock up when manually saving). Outside of that, the game has run quite well for me, though it could just be dumb luck as I've only played a little over 2 hours so far.

I'd say AAA graphics is a bit of a stretch. The environments look pretty nice, but the character models, especially outside of the main character and a few other major characters, look like they're from about 7 or 8 years ago. The voice acting and dialogue are pretty bad, there are major lip sync issues (maybe due to this being in a different language than English initially), missing voice acting, clipping issues pretty crazy for a game released in 2015, weird audio mixing problems making it hard to hear conversations (luckily there are separate volume sliders for voices and other stuff, so you can work around this), and a whole host of bugs and lack of polish issues.

With all that said, I'm enjoying the game. It has a weird low budget charm to it. The naval combat isn't as smooth, fast, and nicely flowing as in Black Flag, but it works well enough once you get used to it and doesn't hold your had as much (which I like). Plus the game has real, proper, dirty, vulgar, sexist sea shanties, the way they were meant to be. I love me some sea shanties.

Anyway, I've been lucky with the game running well for me. Hopefully they'll get the issues sorted out so it will run well for others too. To anyone thinking about getting this, know that it;s essentially a beta right now.

Yeah this autosaving lockup for me always happens right as i start trying to board my ship. It just freezes the system for a few minutes and then crashes to desktop.
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