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Darwin Project from Scavengers Studio is a free to play Battle Royale game and thanks to Steam Play updates it can now be played on Linux.

From what I've seen from others and on ProtonDB, people assumed the issue was with Easy Anti-Cheat. The most recent Steam Play Beta did have some networking fixes, which has likely enabled this to now work. However, there's two rather small caveats to be aware of.

The first time you attempt to play, it may give you an error about shaders and quit before even loading the game. Click Play again and it then works fine, odd but not a big issue.

The second, is that it will fail to match-make until you select a region. This is an interesting one, as other developers have emailed me to say the same about Steam Play, that their game doesn't work if it tries to pick a region automatically. Thankfully, doing so is easy. Simply click "SERVER" and pick your actual region:

After that, it seems to be running rather nicely. On maximum settings, I've been seeing some really nice performance. It also works nicely with a friend, no issues there in the duos or solo modes.

It's much smaller than other such Battle Royale games, as it has less of a focus on player numbers and more on the environment and their own unique features. One such feature is the show director, where one player acts as the host of the survival game and they will screw with the environment.


Darwin Project pictured, played on Linux with Steam Play.

Additionally, each player has a customizable crafting wheel which you can change before a game starts. So instead of you running to find the most powerful weapons, it becomes a mad dash to gather supplies and make what you've picked and then begin your hunt. Find footsteps in the snow, look for smoke plumes from fires and so on to find your prey.

I have to admit, I've had quite a lot of fun testing it out. One amusing feature, is that if you and your target both hit each other at the same time in melee you will bounce away. When testing it out with community member NuSuey, we ended up in a pretty epic 2 on 2 battle with us all bouncing around, attempting to land that one fatal hit while others were firing arrows down to catch us too. It was frantic and completely silly.

If Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Danger Zone (what a mouthful!) isn't your cup for some Battle Royale action, perhaps this might be worth a try? It's free, so you have nothing to lose but time itself.

You can find the Darwin Project on Steam. While it's free, you do have the ability to buy cosmetic items.

Hat tip to NuSuey.

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Beamboom 23 December 2018 at 3:56 pm UTC
This is the dev that was "open" for Linux support after release, right? Let's hope that openness is still there also after Steam Play...
liamdawe 23 December 2018 at 3:59 pm UTC
BeamboomThis is the dev that was "open" for Linux support after release, right? Let's hope that openness is still there also after Steam Play...
While I can't go into real specifics, as far as I know it's not happening due to middleware that is not available on Linux. While sad, they never committed to a Linux version (ever) and we're still too small to expect a developer to completely re-do something just for us. It's a reminder to pick fully cross-platform stuff from the start of course, but it's free to play so eh this is a nice compromise.


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2DK 23 December 2018 at 4:08 pm UTC
Any chance for Fortnite? It is also using EAC, isn't it?
Ehvis 23 December 2018 at 4:12 pm UTC
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This game is f2p, has no dlc and does not have "in-app purchases" specified. How is this funded?
liamdawe 23 December 2018 at 4:21 pm UTC
EhvisThis game is f2p, has no dlc and does not have "in-app purchases" specified. How is this funded?
That's odd, not sure how the steam features system works. It does have in-game cosmetics, just like Fornite. I poked them about it.

It wasn't always free to play, so likely something that just slipped through.


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WorMzy 23 December 2018 at 4:26 pm UTC
2DKAny chance for Fortnite? It is also using EAC, isn't it?

Fortnite isn't on steam, so you'll need to test with proton (or wine) directly.
hardpenguin 23 December 2018 at 4:35 pm UTC
Regular reminder that you can play another battle royale title, Rules of Survival on Linux thanks to Wine and Lutris:

https://lutris.net/games/rules-of-survival/

You will also need the Android or iOS version of the game to log in (as the Google login does not work), otherwise it's 100% playable.

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Last edited by hardpenguin at 23 December 2018 at 4:35 pm UTC
heidi.wenger 23 December 2018 at 4:47 pm UTC
Hmm, i only get "DX11 feature level 10.0 is required to run the engine" on launch.

Is there anything to do?
shotm7 23 December 2018 at 5:52 pm UTC
heidi.wengerHmm, i only get "DX11 feature level 10.0 is required to run the engine" on launch.

Is there anything to do?

Check your updates for ur gpu drivers, and maybe install prefix on winetricks for dx11.. I fix this with an update
Arnvidr 23 December 2018 at 7:46 pm UTC
I wonder if this also does something for Cuisine Royale. Whenever I boot into Windows for some Quake Champion matches, I try to make time for a few rounds of that as well. Now that Quake is more or less ready to play without reboot, it would be fantastic if both of them were available.
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