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Seems like Feral Interactive may have a few surprises for Linux in 2020

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Porting studio Feral Interactive [Official Site] have already given Linux a lot of games and it sounds like more are coming.

While this year they've already released Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, a Vulkan beta for Shadow of Mordor, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS and DiRT 4 plus big updates/expansions to Company of Heroes 2 and Total War: WARHAMMER II. Still to come is Life is Strange 2, which Feral previously teased to arrive sometime soon.

After that, we already know Feral is porting Total War Saga: TROY but what about more games, is that the end of it for Linux? Going by their replies to people on Twitter, like this one "We may have a few Linux games planned for 2020... ;)" they seem to indicate there may be some surprises for us next year.

That's good news of course, since Steam Play/Proton was an obvious worry that they might stop porting. There's tons of games that are completely broken with Steam Play and plenty that perform really badly that Feral could certainly do their porting magic with. Actual support would be good too and Feral certainly know what they're doing.

What game would you like to see Feral port to Linux and support?

Hat tip to NuSuey.

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Shmerl 13 December 2019 at 2:46 am UTC
TheRiddickSome games can't come to GOG due to lack of DRM

Some, and in those cases Feral is out of the picture, since original publishers decide that. You simply don't see even Windows versions of those games on GOG. But there are already several examples that have Windows versions on GOG, but are missing Feral's versions there. So in those situations it's surely Feral's decision not to release them.

Feral even said it's not "feasible" for them to do it, but they didn't explain what's so unfeasible in it.

Last edited by Shmerl on 13 December 2019 at 2:47 am UTC
TheRiddick 13 December 2019 at 2:48 am UTC
Doesn't feral have their own store? isn't that the proper way to get their games for Linux?
Shmerl 13 December 2019 at 2:51 am UTC
TheRiddickDoesn't feral have their own store? isn't that the proper way to get their games for Linux?

Yep, and you would think that if GOG pay split is the issue, you would see games that original publishers released DRM-free in Feral's store without DRM as well. Yet, you can't find such games. That leads me to the conclusion that Feral have pro-DRM stance and that's the main blocker, and not GOG's payment logic.

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TheRiddick 13 December 2019 at 2:54 am UTC
Yeah I guess, the problem with DRM is that its CRACKED within 12hrs of release anyway, it really isn't fixing the problem of piracy all that well. Perhaps 12hr window is worth the hassle of DRM nonsense, I dunno? (in particular I'm talking about DRM on single player components of games).

What I would like publishers to do is just setup a ingame sign-up thing when you go online, and have that somehow verify your purchase (key or login to store). I've actually seen some games do that, quite sensible IMO without disturbing those who just want to play single player part of a game.

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Shmerl 13 December 2019 at 2:57 am UTC
DRM is only harming sales, that's a well known thing for anyone who researches the topic. But I guess there is no point to speculate, Feral have some problem and don't seem to be interested in addressing that. It's the reason I prefer original studios to make Linux ports, rather than Feral. It increases chances of getting it DRM-free (right away or eventually).

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TheRiddick 13 December 2019 at 2:59 am UTC
Yes DRM can often hurt sales, but like I was saying, only the online portion may need DRM or at least purchase verification. That is sadly unavoidable.

You must ONLY play single player games or you'd understand the issue with multiplayer cheating/hacking/botting, all of which is unstoppable if no DRM exists.

In saying that, some multiplayer games don't need it, like Outward for example.. Makes no sense. I'd even argue that MechWarrior5 doesn't need DRM!

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s8as8a 13 December 2019 at 3:02 am UTC
Off the top of my head, the following are some games I'm hoping get GNU / Linux ports (and support).:
  • Batman Arkham Knight

  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

  • The Halo games

  • GTFO

  • Dying Light 2

  • Nine Parchments

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Shmerl 13 December 2019 at 3:03 am UTC
That goes a bit off-topic, but multiplayer games may require authentication in general, that's not the same as DRM. It's a normal feature. Unless you mean malware like anit-cheat, that spies on the user almost on rootkit level. That's for sure very nasty and not something I'd be interested in using.
Patola 13 December 2019 at 3:36 am UTC
appetrosyanHonestly, any game that’s not in my steam/gog library. I’d buy it out of principle, comment that the reason why I bought the game was that it had native support. That being said, a game with prohibitive multiplayer software aka anti cheat would be a great option, mainly because these are the only ones you can’t play via proton.
I thought that about multiplayer too, but remember that Feral does NOT support crossplay with Windows on their Total War ports. So would it really be worth it if we got e.g. PUBG but could only play with other linux gamers?

Because the reason for TW games not supporting it does not lie with Feral.
And why would it be different with any other game they port?
Eike 13 December 2019 at 7:52 am UTC
PatolaAnd why would it be different with any other game they port?

The techniques used which inhibit cross-platform play might or might not be used in this other game.
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