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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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mirv 17 October 2019 at 9:28 am UTC
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mirvSome 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.

Hmmm. Take it with a grain of salt but I read *somewhere* that this is not the case.
The Stadia version is not based on Feral's work.

That's normally why I say that I'm just pondering. I mean, there is a case for Square Enix to do it internally because it might make future titles easier to release on Stadia. And what makes sense to me with what I know about, well a company might have other considerations. We might end up not knowing too - I'd not be surprised if both Feral and Square Enix are tight lipped about it all.

So I'm perfectly happy if my pondering is entirely wrong, but at least I have fun thinking about it.
Liam Dawe 17 October 2019 at 9:32 am UTC
Reply from Feral today as people asked:
QuoteShadow of the Tomb Raider won't support ray tracing on Linux.
Eike 17 October 2019 at 9:35 am UTC
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Grim85When Stadia was announced I asked them [Feral] on Twitter if the footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider was their work and they said it was not

https://www.phoronix.com/forums/forum/phoronix/latest-phoronix-articles/1132685-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-coming-to-linux-on-5-november?p=1132779#post1132779

Hm, thanks. Couldn't find this with Google or on Twitter directly, but I'm not sure I would if it exists.
Ehvis 17 October 2019 at 10:32 am UTC
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YoRHa-2BFeature-wise, expect to lose HBAO+.

What is the reason why that specific feature could be missing from the port?
ageres 17 October 2019 at 10:41 am UTC
YoRHa-2BSaves may be incompatible with the Windows version of the game. This is basically the only gripe I have with Feral's games, it's annoying and seems somewhat unnecessary.
They just rename all files to lowercase. You can do that with your old Windows/Wine saves, and the Linux version will see them.
YoRHa-2B 17 October 2019 at 11:09 am UTC
EhvisWhat is the reason why that specific feature could be missing from the port?
HBAO+ is part of Nvidia's Gameworks, which means that it's implemented in a closed-source, Windows-only library that they can't just port over. It's missing from RotTR as well.


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sub 17 October 2019 at 11:12 am UTC
Eike
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Grim85When Stadia was announced I asked them [Feral] on Twitter if the footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider was their work and they said it was not

https://www.phoronix.com/forums/forum/phoronix/latest-phoronix-articles/1132685-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-coming-to-linux-on-5-november?p=1132779#post1132779

Hm, thanks. Couldn't find this with Google or on Twitter directly, but I'm not sure I would if it exists.

I don't have a Twitter account.
This make things even harder to find.

That's why I said "take it with a grain of salt".
Maybe someone finds that tweet.

Or Liam maybe uses his connections to just ask them.

I wouldn't be surprised if the companies strengthen their in-house Vulkan and Linux know how,
instead of relying to 3rd party porting studios, when they strategically plan long term with Stadia.
TheBard 17 October 2019 at 11:57 am UTC
Proton is nice indeed but having a Feral port is so much nicer. They took the time to optimize it to out system, ensuring all works great and they reply quickly to support issues. I contact the support once about Dirt crashing, they found very clicky that my keyboard was the problem. Yeah,the keyboard was guilty. I would have never thought of it myself. Thanks Feral


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Salvatos 17 October 2019 at 4:20 pm UTC
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Eike
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Grim85When Stadia was announced I asked them [Feral] on Twitter if the footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider was their work and they said it was not

https://www.phoronix.com/forums/forum/phoronix/latest-phoronix-articles/1132685-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-coming-to-linux-on-5-november?p=1132779#post1132779

Hm, thanks. Couldn't find this with Google or on Twitter directly, but I'm not sure I would if it exists.

I don't have a Twitter account.
This make things even harder to find.

That's why I said "take it with a grain of salt".
Maybe someone finds that tweet.
https://twitter.com/feralgames/status/1108314241298247680
sub 17 October 2019 at 4:29 pm UTC
Salvatos
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Eike
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Grim85When Stadia was announced I asked them [Feral] on Twitter if the footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider was their work and they said it was not

https://www.phoronix.com/forums/forum/phoronix/latest-phoronix-articles/1132685-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-coming-to-linux-on-5-november?p=1132779#post1132779

Hm, thanks. Couldn't find this with Google or on Twitter directly, but I'm not sure I would if it exists.

I don't have a Twitter account.
This make things even harder to find.

That's why I said "take it with a grain of salt".
Maybe someone finds that tweet.
https://twitter.com/feralgames/status/1108314241298247680

This should get you some GoL achievement here.
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