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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is officially coming to Linux in 2019

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Originally published by Square Enix and developed by Eidos-Montréal, Feral Interactive confirmed today that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is officially heading to Linux in 2019.

Making sure we have the full experience, with Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider already ported to Linux by Feral this is really quite exciting news! I've no doubt it will be using the Vulkan API, as I'm sure people will be wondering.

This replaces the recent teaser put out earlier this month on the Feral port radar. So we now have Total War: WARHAMMER II arriving today plus Life is Strange 2, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS and Shadow of the Tomb Raider all heading to Linux. Feral sure are busy and that's good for us.

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From the press release:

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a vibrant jungle, overcome challenging tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider® she is destined to be.

Lara's quest will take her from the bustling Mexican town of Cozumel to the dark heart of the Peruvian jungle where the hidden city of Paititi awaits. She'll navigate complex underwater caverns, traverse spectacular landscapes, and discover challenging tombs filled with traps. 

Outnumbered and outgunned by Trinity, Lara must become one with the jungle and instill fear in her enemies through using mud as camouflage, disappearing into jungle vines or striking from above while perched in the canopy. 

Let's hope for an early 2019 release. The longer they wait, the more likely it is they will lose sales from Steam Play. I mentioned before in a comment, that their timing will make or break future ports. I'm hoping for many more Feral ports in the years to come, having officially supported ports is great.

We will share more details closer to release and do our usual port report and review.

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clatterfordslim 20 November 2018 at 8:08 pm UTC
I hope that Feral Interactive, could make this game to not have any background music at all, when you switch it off in the settings? I bought this game through Proton, which acts as a Linux buy, or so I am believed to understand. Whenever I live streamed it, I kept getting copyright from YouTube, even though I had switched off the music in the options, there is still background music, when Lara and Jona are following matey through the bar, the live band on stage, their music still coming through and much later in the game at the first town Jona and Lara get to, in the bar the jukebox is playing. Then much, much later in the game in a jeep the stereo is playing the same music from the bar on the jukebox, from the first town Jona and Lara visit. Now I know Brian D'Oliveira, who done the Mexican soundtracks and so blooming good they are too, especially La Bruga, which is so damn addictive, that you end up singing it in your head and yes I have been known to sing it out loud, whilst walking through town, above my snoring when I'm awake, yes got to that stage in my life, when I'm snoring when I'm completely awake, walking down the street.

Anyway usually when you switch off music in a game, it's off no other music should be heard and to be honest it isn't fair on game streamers whom don't want copyright infringements on their channels. So please Feral when you port this game, could you please make it, so that all the music is switched off, when it is switched off in the options? Looking forward to the port, as fed up having to play this in Winders 10. Getting a new build soon, AsRock B450m Pro4, Ryzen 5 2400g, 16GB 3000MHz DDR4 (Obviously) Ram, the disappointing part though to my mind is still a brilliant card, the 1050ti, 500GB WD Blue SSD 2.5 might in the future invest in M.2 cards as this board has two slots. A 1TB SSD hybrid drive, 2.5. This is a Xmas present to myself, as then I'll be able to move fully to Linux for gaming, as it's only this game and of course Capcom's Resident Evil series, that I would like to see on Linux, but I can dream, that's stopping me from using Linux full time. But with new build I should be able to get it going in Proton, so I will follow up with another novel of this stature, once my new build's parts are here and I've built it. Loving this gamingonlinux channel by the way, thank you Liam for making such great content.
rcgamer 20 November 2018 at 8:16 pm UTC
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RadiarionNOTE: Is it possible for someone to create an easy install nvidia drivers package for linux vergins like me? Just a thought.. If not, anyone have an idiots guide (and I mean complete idiot) to installing nvidia drivers on mint 19?
Go to their Unix drivers page. Pick a version, download it and run the file. That's about it as far as I remember
Edit: And reboot, of course.

Um, no you can't just run the file. You have to drop to terminal and shut off display manager. It's not that hard though. On mint I only need to control-alt-f1, then cd to the directory where the .run file is stored. Type in "sudo service lightdm stop" then "sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-*". Then choose the prompts that are already highlighted. Really though unless you just like installing and testing the very latest drivers (like me) then you don't need to do anything special with mint. Either just use driver manager or add the ppa from https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa , that page tells you how to add it.


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Micromegas 20 November 2018 at 8:25 pm UTC
62 comments. Don't tell me that there isn't interest in native ports anymore with Steam Play available.
chui2ch 20 November 2018 at 8:28 pm UTC
RadiarionI think I've just died and gone to heaven! I've just a couple of months ago dumped windows for linux mint, and so far I have no regrets. I love it. Wish I knew how to set up nvidia drivers correctly though (sorted mine by accident and don't know how..)

My only issue is gaming. I love the tomb raider games, and complete every one and today's news is bliss. I really thought I'd have to turn traitor and install Windows to play shadow of the tomb raider but feral games to the rescue.

I really hope this is the start of more new games going to Linux, steam made a good start, Gog too and I've just found part on Linux, but hopefully more to follow.

I can't wait to part with my hard earned cash to someone who supports Linux gaming, and I know I won't be dissapointed.

Thanks guys, looking forward to it release...

NOTE: Is it possible for someone to create an easy install nvidia drivers package for linux vergins like me? Just a thought.. If not, anyone have an idiots guide (and I mean complete idiot) to installing nvidia drivers on mint 19?

Long live Linux!

Message me and I can help you with the nvidia driver.
Salvatos 20 November 2018 at 8:34 pm UTC
rcgamer
Salvatos
RadiarionNOTE: Is it possible for someone to create an easy install nvidia drivers package for linux vergins like me? Just a thought.. If not, anyone have an idiots guide (and I mean complete idiot) to installing nvidia drivers on mint 19?
Go to their Unix drivers page. Pick a version, download it and run the file. That's about it as far as I remember
Edit: And reboot, of course.

Um, no you can't just run the file. You have to drop to terminal and shut off display manager. It's not that hard though. On mint I only need to control-alt-f1, then cd to the directory where the .run file is stored. Type in "sudo service lightdm stop" then "sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-*". Then choose the prompts that are already highlighted. Really though unless you just like installing and testing the very latest drivers (like me) then you don't need to do anything special with mint. Either just use driver manager or add the ppa from https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa , that page tells you how to add it.
Hm. I thought they had made it achievable through the GUI in recent years. Must have been something else. Maybe LAMP.
F.Ultra 20 November 2018 at 8:56 pm UTC
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KeyrockI might actually get this. I was not a fan of the reboot nor Rise of the Tomb Raider, mainly because they were 90% murder simulator and 10% actual raiding of tombs, and I would much rather the ratio was reversed. However, I have heard that while Lara still goes on a ridiculous murdering spree in this game, at least there is a lot more exploration and tomb raiding, which is my jam.

Now port HITMAN 2 (actual murder simulator), please. Pretty please.

Made me laugh
Ironically, the whole point of HITMAN is to kill as few people as possible. While you can achieve your objective in any way you see fit, in order to get a silent assassin rating and the highest score possible, you have to kill the target(s) and ONLY the target(s). The game actively punishes you for killing anyone else. So while HITMAN is absolutely a game about murdering people, I mean, you play an assassin, it's a game where the best score is attainable by killing as few people as possible.

Compare that to Tomb Raider 2013 where Lara murders roughly 500 Russians. She then comes back and kills another 500 Russians in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Lara must really hate Russians. Her bloodlust for Russian blood is insatiable.

Lara is a far more prolific, albeit less stylish, killer than Agent 47, and she's supposed to be an archeologist.

Well each to their own I suppose. Myself I just love our new Valkyrie-esque Lara Croft. One of the most satisfying moments in gaming 2016 for me was halfway through the first game when Lara starts to really fight back and you could here the bad guys scream in terror "she's got a rocket launcher". Haven't had a moment like that since
I grew up on the original Tomb Raider games. The vast majority of the first game was exploration and puzzle platforming with a some fights here and there, but they were few and far between. I loved the puzzle platforming and the cinematic escape sequences they added in later titles where Lara tried to evade traps or crumbling ruins, but whenever combat came up I was always like "let's just get this crap over with so that I can get back to the fun exploration and puzzle solving". Of course, it didn't help that the combat in the original games was garbage. Over time, combat became a bigger and bigger part of the series, so when they rebooted the series in 2013 I was hoping they would go back to the roots and make it mostly about exploring and puzzle platforming again rather than having so much janky combat and crappy QTEs. Instead, they went the other way and made the game overwhelmingly mostly combat and QTEs with some exploration and very little puzzle platforming. Granted, the combat in the reboots is MUCH better, but that's not what I was looking for and it was a bitter disappointment. It didn't help that the few optional tomb puzzles in the 2013 reboot were insultingly easy and could be solved in about 45 seconds each.

I recognize that the reboot games are well made games, they're just not what I was looking for from the series. Shadow seems to be the closest the reboots have come to being like the old games.

Yeah that is where the each to their own comes to play . Myself I found the original PS game somewhat boring, was far more into RE and say Dino Crisis. That said I too hope that we will get bigger and more puzzling tombs in the next game.
MasterSleort 20 November 2018 at 8:58 pm UTC
I can't wait, but I can, because I've already waited for so long - and I'm sure a couple of extra months is worth the wait. Go Feral. Will buy this for me and my brother provided it works well on Vega 64 and Fury X, which I am sure of.

Wonder if Feral will make use of stream-output / transform feedback on Vulkan?
sa666666 20 November 2018 at 9:08 pm UTC
massatt212So theirs a game you really like Only on Windows thats works pretty well on proton you would not consider buying it the reason i believe in porton over feral rpg and adventure ports, i will be able to take almost my entire collection over to linux, instead of praying a dev will port it to linux.
Why would i leave windows to play games i dont like i hate windows and i wont leave it to play nothing, most of you guys here enjoy those games Feral Port but a lot of us dont
And if Proton kicks off to a bright start their will be More Vulkan Ports and then A lot more native Ports
and if proton gets to the point of every game running at 90% to 100% performance of Windows i would take that with open Arms over Native.
Again you contradict yourself by saying that we should support Proton ports over native ports so that will lead to more native ports. You're not making sense.

Also, you are exactly the type of user I expected to flood Linux forums once Proton was announced. You don't care about the Linux ecosystem at all, and are strictly concerned only with the games, even to the detriment of Linux-native developers. I kindly suggest that you stay on Windows, since you obviously want to be there anyway.

I realize this is going to alienate some people, but your attitude in these posts just invites a harsh response.
compsci101 20 November 2018 at 9:16 pm UTC
@liamdawe: was there any mention of RTX / raytracing support? I might have a reason to upgrade if that's the case
jens 20 November 2018 at 9:27 pm UTC
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Really really cool to see the confirmation! I really love the first two parts of the franchise reboot and having this series soon complete on Linux is just wonderful. This will be a first-day-full-price-purchase from Feral store.
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