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I have to hand it to the development team behind Tower of Time [Steam], they're certainly putting in some effort to get their Linux version in top shape.

They just pushed out a rather large update that's just for the Linux build, as it seems many people were having trouble with it. Speaking in their announcement they said:

We originally intended to wait with that for the full release, but in the light of negative comments about Linux version not working properly (even if on unsupported distributions), we decided to push it now.

There is a long list of changes here, the most important one is the (yet) another one video player and also different format for all cinematic movies we have in game.

Linux version is giving us headaches since day one. We are struggling hard to make it work on as many distributions as possible, but we cannot guarantee that it will work on each and every one. We do hope that you will understand it. 

I've re-tested it with the latest available build and it does seem to work rather nicely. I'm actually really quite impressed with the game, as it performs well even on Ultra settings, it looks great and it's really quite fun now. They've put a lot of work into all aspects of the game since my initial tests and it feels so much better overall.

They also recently announced that they're going to release in full on the 12th of April, so they will be leaving Early Access.

If you appreciate the effort, you can find their game on Steam. It's 15% off for another ~5 hours. 

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Xpander 2 April 2018 at 11:41 am UTC
I have been helping to test a bit. Previously the problem was huge RAM usage and the videod didn't play for some people. Last Beta build i tried reduced RAM usage hugely (around 4-5GB) it was up to 8GB and more before iirc. Videos always played for me nicely but i had some crashing issues with the first builds which were fixed pretty fast.

Overall pretty good but performance could be better, im around 50-70FPS on ultra with GTX 1070 and 2560x1440.
I'd expect a bit more from game like this but its not terrible in terms of performance. probably +20FPS when on 1080p.

They also have vulkan option available but some things do not render correctly with it, but framerates are +10-15FPS better with Vulkan.
crt0mega 2 April 2018 at 12:18 pm UTC
QuoteWe originally intended to wait with that for the full release, but in the light of negative comments about Linux version not working properly (even if on unsupported distributions), we decided to push it now.
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raneon 2 April 2018 at 1:19 pm UTC
XpanderI have been helping to test a bit. Previously the problem was huge RAM usage and the videod didn't play for some people. Last Beta build i tried reduced RAM usage hugely (around 4-5GB) it was up to 8GB and more before iirc. Videos always played for me nicely but i had some crashing issues with the first builds which were fixed pretty fast.

Overall pretty good but performance could be better, im around 50-70FPS on ultra with GTX 1070 and 2560x1440.
I'd expect a bit more from game like this but its not terrible in terms of performance. probably +20FPS when on 1080p.

They also have vulkan option available but some things do not render correctly with it, but framerates are +10-15FPS better with Vulkan.

Thanks, I bought the game as of the Vulkan option. As it is the Unity engine, I used the parameter -force-vulkan, but the game crashed after the loading screen at the intro video with my RX480 on RADV from mesa-git. Anyway it runs well on OpenGL, but would be nice to see full Vulkan support.

Update: I did some further testing. I only get the crash on Plasma-Wayland, if I use the traditional X11 desktop the game does run on Vulkan. I think it is releated to video playback.


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Nanobang 2 April 2018 at 1:23 pm UTC
I just bought ToT this past weekend, Huzzah! It strikes me as incredibly generous of the devs to put so much energy into trying
Quote"to make it work on as many distributions as possible,"
and not just limiting it to "Ubuntu 12."
oldrocker99 2 April 2018 at 6:10 pm UTC
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It's a pretty good RPG, with separate battle screens, and a darn good story, so far at least.

Recommended.
inlinuxdude 2 April 2018 at 10:55 pm UTC
Went and bought it, and left a comment on their update thread letting them know I did so because they worked so hard on the Linux issues.. https://steamcommunity.com/games/617480/announcements/detail/1656636766775738465
Patola 2 April 2018 at 11:09 pm UTC
I have bought it and have been playing and trying to help the developer too, it's an amazing RPG with gorgeous graphics and a few original ideas. I like it a lot, specially the tactical battles with "slowdown" feature for you to think. They are challenging and fun. I highly recommend it to fans of the genre.
Patola 3 April 2018 at 12:15 am UTC
raneon
XpanderI have been helping to test a bit. Previously the problem was huge RAM usage and the videod didn't play for some people. Last Beta build i tried reduced RAM usage hugely (around 4-5GB) it was up to 8GB and more before iirc. Videos always played for me nicely but i had some crashing issues with the first builds which were fixed pretty fast.

Overall pretty good but performance could be better, im around 50-70FPS on ultra with GTX 1070 and 2560x1440.
I'd expect a bit more from game like this but its not terrible in terms of performance. probably +20FPS when on 1080p.

They also have vulkan option available but some things do not render correctly with it, but framerates are +10-15FPS better with Vulkan.

Thanks, I bought the game as of the Vulkan option. As it is the Unity engine, I used the parameter -force-vulkan, but the game crashed after the loading screen at the intro video with my RX480 on RADV from mesa-git. Anyway it runs well on OpenGL, but would be nice to see full Vulkan support.

Update: I did some further testing. I only get the crash on Plasma-Wayland, if I use the traditional X11 desktop the game does run on Vulkan. I think it is releated to video playback.

Here with -force-vulkan, Ubuntu 17.10 and a NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti it doesn't crash, but Maeve and a few items in-game appear as white blobs.
Akien 3 April 2018 at 11:21 am UTC
inlinuxdudeWent and bought it, and left a comment on their update thread letting them know I did so because they worked so hard on the Linux issues.. https://steamcommunity.com/games/617480/announcements/detail/1656636766775738465
Heh, I did the same
Beamboom 3 April 2018 at 2:05 pm UTC
Someone need to tell the devs that they don't need to support ALL distros - and someone need to slap those on unsupported distros a big trout bang in their face and tell them to STOP nagging. Just stop, right now. You're ruining Linux gaming out there.
Either go for the supported distro, or FIX IT YOURSELF. FFS.
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