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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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dorron 16 October 2019 at 4:57 am UTC
At long last! I was starting to believe Feral was retiring from linux development.

Will buy this for sure. Been waiting on it for a looooooong time!
Jewgeni Filippowitsch Iwanowski 16 October 2019 at 5:16 am UTC
I've also been waiting for it and will buy it as soon as it's available.

Maybe I'm too old to be needing the greatest and newest games. I appreciate what's already there and as I don't spend that much time gaming anymore I might never fully finish my (rather medium sized) backlog. That's okay for me as long as once in a while there are some gems like this one released to brighten up the day.
Sojiro84 16 October 2019 at 6:28 am UTC
I guess my normal version of the game I bought and played on Windows before finally switching over, doesn't get a basic edition of the game that is Linux compatible?

Would be nice if it did, but no harm if it doesn't. But I won't buy the game twice though.
Eike 16 October 2019 at 7:26 am UTC
Sojiro84I guess my normal version of the game I bought and played on Windows before finally switching over, doesn't get a basic edition of the game that is Linux compatible?

Would be nice if it did, but no harm if it doesn't. But I won't buy the game twice though.

If guess it will. Let's see...
Eike 16 October 2019 at 7:30 am UTC
Jewgeni Filippowitsch IwanowskiI've also been waiting for it and will buy it as soon as it's available.

Maybe I'm too old to be needing the greatest and newest games. I appreciate what's already there and as I don't spend that much time gaming anymore I might never fully finish my (rather medium sized) backlog. That's okay for me as long as once in a while there are some gems like this one released to brighten up the day.

As I don't have much time for playing anymore, I can also still satisfy my gaming needs with native ports (and whitelisted Proton games). For the same reason, I'm keeping my backlog of bought games small (half a dozen games or so). But the reason for writing...: How many games is "rather medium sized"? :-D
Eike 16 October 2019 at 7:44 am UTC
stanI 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.

I think Mad Max was the only big game I abandoned on Linux. It just felt so grindy and cumbersome at some point. ("Now you need to raise/lower the IDontCare level yet another time...")
mirv 16 October 2019 at 8:08 am UTC
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Some random thoughts, and disclaimer: these are just ideas, I've no idea if any of this is actually the case. Just pondering really.

As an additional point about this game: it's been listed as coming to Stadia. Given that Feral have ported it to both Metal (presumably, or possibly MoltenVK I guess, though I doubt) and Vulkan, it's likely that Feral have also done the work for this game on Stadia.
Which will probably mean quite a lot of changes beyond what is normal for their porting. Stadia might need more performance than Feral can get away with on GNU/Linux desktop (mostly because any frame rate dips would impact latency much more severely), so there might have needed to be much, much more effort to get there. I also suspect some non-technical roadblocks too. Sales on Stadia would hopefully give funds to Feral if they ported it there, but you can bet the rights holders will want to have a larger slice compared to usual. And there's no Steam integration, no working with Valve to publish or provide various services that would normally be relied on.

But, again, I'm glad to see this coming. A game I'm willing to pay full price for, directly from the Feral store. Not been playing anything for a few months (not even Three Kingdoms, which is still waiting for me to give it more attention), but maybe this can motivate me some more.
Beamboom 16 October 2019 at 10:36 am UTC
An obvious purchase, if nothing else than to support the one single porting company of AAA releases we have left.
Desum 16 October 2019 at 10:57 am UTC
Going to be interesting to compare Feral's pre-baked Vulkan wrapper to DXVK.
mirv 16 October 2019 at 11:40 am UTC
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DesumGoing to be interesting to compare Feral's pre-baked Vulkan wrapper to DXVK.

Just to keep expectations in check (and I think we all know people will be trying to compare the two come release day!), several points to keep in mind:
* Rise of the Tomb Raider I couldn't run through wine at all. I know there's been a bit of hassle from others trying to run Shadow of the Tomb Raider, so it seems a bit hit & miss. Worth considering that.
* Again based on Rise, some machines might perform much better with Feral's work. Or not. I say this based on machines with 6 cores (which I have) or more getting a much smoother experience.
* Support. Ok, that doesn't affect performance, but I'd take a few fps hit for the safety of support for the game.
* Features. At this point we don't know if anything is changed (texture formats, extra or missing graphical details, that kind of thing) which can impact results one way or another. Apples to apples comparisons may therefore be difficult.
* Feral have their game mode launcher. It'll be worth making sure anything wine based runs the same way.

Almost all games of native Vulkan port vs DXVK that I've seen (and really there aren't many) give pros & cons to each. I would expect the same here.
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