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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition arrives on Linux on November 5th

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Feral Interactive have finally confirmed the Linux release date for Shadow of the Tomb Raider after announcing it for Linux back in November last year.

They've said today it will officially release as "Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition" on November 5th! Looking around at dates, technically this is the earliest we've seen any of the newer Tomb Raider series arrive on Linux. The first Tomb Raider came to Linux in 2016 after an original 2013 release, with Rise of the Tomb Raider arriving on Linux 2018 after an original 2016 release and we get the final game in the reboot trilogy next month!

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Since we've waited on it for just over a year after release, we get the fancy Definitive Edition which comes with its entire collection of DLC so it's not a bad package for a patient gamer to get. Feral's previous port of Rise of the Tomb Raider performed really well too, so I've no doubt this will.

One thing the Linux version will not support is Ray Tracing, as Feral Interactive confirmed to GamingOnLinux over email.

Feral announced it on their official site, Twitter, press emails and so on. They also have a fancy mini-site setup for it if you're after a bit more information. We also still have Life is Strange 2 and Total War Saga: TROY to come from Feral yet.

Will you be picking up a copy when it releases? We shall have a livestream of the fun no doubt, be sure to follow us on Twitch for when that happens.

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RunningTux 15 October 2019 at 6:03 pm UTC
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PatolaGood opportunity to introduce them to Linux, nudge nudge wink wink!
They know about Linux since they're born.
But well ... they're young gamers, not really sensible to Linux wonders yet.
Thetargos 15 October 2019 at 6:11 pm UTC
Insta-buy, a few days after my birthday!
Liam Dawe 15 October 2019 at 6:19 pm UTC
RunningTux
PatolaGood opportunity to introduce them to Linux, nudge nudge wink wink!
They know about Linux since they're born.
But well ... they're young gamers, not really sensible to Linux wonders yet.
Well if you buy it from the Feral store, you ensure Feral get the money.
Ehvis 15 October 2019 at 6:28 pm UTC
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PatolaWill it have RTX and DLSS like the Windows version? I would very much like to test my RTX 2070 SUPER with it...

I would too. But since they likely ported off the DX11 version, I don't expect it will.
tuubi 15 October 2019 at 6:41 pm UTC
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Ehvis
PatolaWill it have RTX and DLSS like the Windows version? I would very much like to test my RTX 2070 SUPER with it...

I would too. But since they likely ported off the DX11 version, I don't expect it will.
Maybe it took so long because they ported off the DX12 version and couldn't fully leverage their existing tooling and code? Wishful thinking, I know, even if it would technically make sense. Especially in the long run.
Kimyrielle 15 October 2019 at 6:47 pm UTC
Is it just me, or is this November release actually the first Top 10 AAA title of the year getting a Linux port? oO

(and yes, I know that technically it's LAST year's Top 10 title, even. :S)

I really welcome this release and don't want to be a Negative Nancy, but at the same time I am a bit sad that native Linux ports of AAA games seem to be sort of dead. And if we're still getting any at all, they so old that you could almost call them retro-games. I honestly don't know if a lot of people are willing to wait THAT long to buy the game from Feral. I freely admit that I bought this game last year when it was new, same as with its predecessor. I am willing to wait a few weeks or even a couple months for a native game, but a year is just way over top for me.

Honestly, I catch myself more and more buying Windows games again (which I had completely stopped doing during the 2-3 golden years of Linux gaming we've had a while back), and play them with Proton, which - let's be open for a second - seems to become the go-to solution for Linux gaming, if we like it or not.
stud68 15 October 2019 at 6:59 pm UTC
Now maybe they can fix ROTTR for 5700xt. So I can play through again before I buy Shadow again.
Liam Dawe 15 October 2019 at 7:03 pm UTC
Kimyrielle*snip*
I'm sure I've seen you post something like this before, more than once...

Feral, Aspyr and VP were pretty much the only ones doing AAA for us anyway. They all slowed down for one reason or another. VP do...well nothing? Aspyr do hardly anything either except update Civ and Borderlands 2/TPS (although Linux is STILL waiting on that) and Feral branched out to mobile and Switch as well.

Edit: Actually Aspyr also branched out to Switch now too.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 15 October 2019 at 7:04 pm UTC
jens 15 October 2019 at 7:09 pm UTC
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Yes, really cool! Surely a 5th November purchase at the Feral store!

PS: Technically this is a day one release, the definitive edition will hit other systems on the very same day
https://tombraider.square-enix-games.com/en-us/news/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-definitive-edition


Last edited by jens on 15 October 2019 at 7:34 pm UTC
stan 15 October 2019 at 7:13 pm UTC
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I wish they focused on porting better games. Sure, Tomb Raider is better than Total War by a long shot, but Mad Max was much better. I still haven’t started playing the previous Tomb Raider because the first one was ok but had a lot of annoying moments.
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