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Slightly earlier than the public, I now have access to a Linux build of Cossacks 3 [Steam, GOG, Official Site]. So far, it's not looking too bad at all.

It is still very much a Beta build though, as there's no sound at all in the game, but here's a lovely shot of it running smoothly on Linux for you:
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Ignore the FPS counter in that shot, the game pauses on focus loss.

The developers have told me public access will be granted "soon". I know what you're thinking, but this time it might actually be sometime soon, since there is actually a build that runs now.

Performance so far seems okay, 70-130FPS on maximum settings with my i7/980ti combo, so for an RTS that's reasonable. It does generally hover well above 100FPS though and it feels smooth. Performance wise, it's hitting a good mark.

Hard to really get a feel for the gameplay right now, without any sound. I did try it out for a bit and it seems like a game I will end up loving. It feels very much like the old Age of Empires, so I think people will really enjoy it. It's perfect for me, having never played Cossacks before today.

Game features:
  • Breathtaking historical real-time strategy.
  • Actions unfold in Europe in the XVII–XVIII centuries.
  • Five singleplayer historical campaigns.
  • 12 playable nations.
  • Grandiose battles of up to 16,000 units on the map.
  • Realistic physics of bullets and cannonballs.
  • Considerable influence of the landscape on battle tactics.
  • Infinite variations of battles with computer enemies on random maps.
  • Flexible generator of random maps with selection of a preferable landscape.


I very much look forward to playing with some of you online when more people have access. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Liam Dawe 17 May, 2017
Quoting: m0nt3Running smooth at 1 FPS? lol. I was actually looking into this last nice. Glad to see something is happening with it.

Quoting: the articleIgnore the FPS counter in that shot, the game pauses on focus loss.
;)
CSharp 17 May, 2017
It's currently on -40% sale on Steam. Is it worth picking up like this? Also, if I were to pick it up - does Steam count it as a Windows sale? I'd hate to give the dev's the impression that their Windows version is selling when I just wanna sit on it until Linux is out. Or should I wait for Steam Summer Sale? Or should I pick it up somewhere else altogether?
STiAT 17 May, 2017
Quoting: CSharpIt's currently on -40% sale on Steam. Is it worth picking up like this? Also, if I were to pick it up - does Steam count it as a Windows sale? I'd hate to give the dev's the impression that their Windows version is selling when I just wanna sit on it until Linux is out. Or should I wait for Steam Summer Sale? Or should I pick it up somewhere else altogether?

Currently when you pick it it very likely would be counted a windows sale. I doubt the developer would mind, since it's a in-house port (money is theirs afterall), but if you care for the statistics you'd have to wait.
Liam Dawe 17 May, 2017
Quoting: CSharpIt's currently on -40% sale on Steam. Is it worth picking up like this? Also, if I were to pick it up - does Steam count it as a Windows sale? I'd hate to give the dev's the impression that their Windows version is selling when I just wanna sit on it until Linux is out. Or should I wait for Steam Summer Sale? Or should I pick it up somewhere else altogether?
The usual rule applies to every game: Don't buy it until the Linux version is released.
Leopard 17 May, 2017
Quoting: CSharpIt's currently on -40% sale on Steam. Is it worth picking up like this? Also, if I were to pick it up - does Steam count it as a Windows sale? I'd hate to give the dev's the impression that their Windows version is selling when I just wanna sit on it until Linux is out. Or should I wait for Steam Summer Sale? Or should I pick it up somewhere else altogether?

Don't buy it until actually released for Linux. No Tux , no bucks
GustyGhost 17 May, 2017
Quoting: Geppeto35Ooh nooo! Again a Total War! Stop that Feral :P

Cossacks looks to be a lot more in line with Empire Earth or 0 A.D.
minkiu 17 May, 2017
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I hadn't read about Cossacks until I this post(I am shocked myself), but this looks indeed really good!

It's even on a 40% Sale on Steam atm, but I'm not sure if I will get it on Steam, since I am unable to launch Steam (for the past week aprox), but it's a tempting deal, hope they make a sale when the Linux release happens! :D

Edit: You guys beat me to it, no Tux, no bucks :P


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Cyril 17 May, 2017
Quoting: AnxiousInfusion
Quoting: Geppeto35Ooh nooo! Again a Total War! Stop that Feral :P

Cossacks looks to be a lot more in line with Empire Earth or 0 A.D.

As you speak of Empire Earth, anyone have launched it successfully with wine ?
I recently tried... I'm stuck in the main menu, such a pain, i loved this game.
But i won't install a Windows partition just for that unfortunately.
Purple Library Guy 17 May, 2017
Everyone's talking about Age of Empires . . .
I've always thought there should be a computer game about baseball called "Age of Umpires".
STiAT 17 May, 2017
[quote=Cyril]
Quoting: AnxiousInfusion
Quoting: Geppeto35Ooh nooo! Again a Total War! Stop that Feral :P

Cossacks looks to be a lot more in line with Empire Earth or 0 A.D.

Depends on, if you actually do get to the menu you don't have a lot of issues ;-)

If you have an issue with the mouse (not moving / moving horrendibly slow):
https://github.com/PlayOnLinux/wine-patches/tree/master/custom/rawinput2
that one helps ;-). I think POL actually provides a wine version with rawinput2 patch in the repos which you could try.
It's an issue with mouse acceleration being wrong implemented in EE1. I've done this with xinput commands setting mouse acceleration profiles too at some time, but the rawinput2 patch seems to work properly.
Didn't try in the past year though.


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