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Croteam has stated on their forum that Serious Sam 3: BFE [Steam] running on their new Fusion engine which uses Vulkan could arrive in public Beta as early as next month.

From their forum post:
Quote[..]There are no official deadlines, but my hope is that Fusion version of SS3 would enter public beta in the next month or so.


For those that don't remember, Croteam are updating all of the Serious Sam games to their new "Fusion" game engine. This newer game engine will be using Vulkan and it sounds like a big win for Linux, as all the Serious Sam games will support Linux thanks to this.

Thanks for the link mphuZ93. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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g000h 20 February 2017 at 4:40 pm UTC
Now that's some serious firepower
Comandante Ñoñardo 20 February 2017 at 4:48 pm UTC
Is a remastered edition or a forced update of the same game?
HollowSoldier 20 February 2017 at 5:03 pm UTC
"This newer game engine will be using Vulkan and it sounds like a big win for Linux"

Vulkan too, or Vulkan only? The game is ancient, people bought it according to ancient system requirements and may be playing it on ancient PCs. Getting a surprise update after the beta, that locks them out wouldn't make them happy.
km3k 20 February 2017 at 5:11 pm UTC
HollowSoldierGetting a surprise update after the beta, that locks them out wouldn't make them happy.

That's true, but I imagine that they'll have a "legacy" beta branch of some sort that has the current engine. I think they did this for one of their other games where they had a "legacy" linux version for older versions of Ubuntu.


Last edited by km3k at 20 February 2017 at 5:12 pm UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo 20 February 2017 at 5:12 pm UTC
HollowSoldierThe game is ancient, people bought it according to ancient system requirements and may be playing it on ancient PCs. Getting a surprise update after the beta, that locks them out wouldn't make them happy.

That is why I asked if it is a remastered edition or a forced update...
Leopard 20 February 2017 at 5:14 pm UTC
HollowSoldier"This newer game engine will be using Vulkan and it sounds like a big win for Linux"

Vulkan too, or Vulkan only? The game is ancient, people bought it according to ancient system requirements and may be playing it on ancient PCs. Getting a surprise update after the beta, that locks them out wouldn't make them happy.

I think Vulkan too.

Because they said they will remove Dx9 support,which is clear game will support other Dx versions and OpenGL too.
MayeulC 20 February 2017 at 5:25 pm UTC
HollowSoldier"This newer game engine will be using Vulkan and it sounds like a big win for Linux"

Vulkan too, or Vulkan only? The game is ancient, people bought it according to ancient system requirements and may be playing it on ancient PCs. Getting a surprise update after the beta, that locks them out wouldn't make them happy.

They stated the following on the big steam thread the other day.

1. Vulkan too. OpenGL will stay supported for the foreseeable future; only dx9 was removed [1]
2. This isn't an update, this is a new "Serious Sam Fusion" game that will appear in your library, that will allow to play every Serious Sam game/level you own with all the new goodies (splitscreen, Vulkan, updated graphics, etc...). With original gameplay IIRC. [2]

[1] https://steamcommunity.com/app/41070/discussions/0/451850849186806043/?ctp=8#c133256758576805333
[2] https://steamcommunity.com/app/41070/discussions/0/451850849186806043/?ctp=9#c133256758578372665

Lots of repetition in that thread, but those links can back the claims I made.


Last edited by MayeulC at 20 February 2017 at 5:26 pm UTC
lejimster 20 February 2017 at 6:26 pm UTC
I could never play Serious Sam 3 in opengl in the past. The performance was just too poor. So with Vulkan support I might finally be able to enjoy the game.
g000h 20 February 2017 at 6:34 pm UTC
Well, I've been playing the "old" OpenGL Serious Sam 3 BFE on GTX 1070 at 4K resolution (and high/ultra settings) and it is playing at a decent FPS for me. Still, won't complain for even better performance. Might play the whole game through AGAIN.
Shmerl 20 February 2017 at 8:23 pm UTC
Are Croteam reading these comments? I still encourage them to release their games on GOG. What they have there now are only a few old games.


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