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In another case of Kickstarter woes, Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom a promising looking action-RPG seems to be delaying the Linux release. The main release is now scheduled for the 18th of April and it looks like Linux gamers will be left out in the cold.

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I've been following it for a long time and it's sad that the Steam store page for it only lists Windows.

Their official release date announcement didn't mention Linux either, it said "PC" and we all know how confusing that term is for Linux gamers.

They mentioned Linux in a random comment on their Kickstarter a few days ago, but it was a simple "We don't have any release date yet.". That's not encouraging at all, why don't they have a release date, why is this not being clearly communicated forcing Linux gamers to sift through thousands of comments? I get developers are busy people, but seriously come on! If you list a platform, you should damn well communicate properly about it.

I reached out to the developer to ask about the status of the Linux version and I haven't received a reply.

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Whitewolfe80 27 Mar, 2017
I am not surprised when mentioning of linux stops you know it is not happening not sure what engine the game is being made on but i will be surprised if not unity.
cxpher@gmail.com 27 Mar, 2017
Think it's UE4.
Liam Dawe 27 Mar, 2017
Note: Article updated with newer info, but still not any clearer.
Shinikio 27 Mar, 2017
"it said "PC" and we all know how confusing that term is for Linux gamers."

"PC" is clear for me, it means "Personal Computer" not Windows or any system but more like hardware :P
Unfortunately, that often means "Windows" for most of people, but this is wrong and it should change. That's like say "console" and think it's only Sony, that's just nonsense
Nanobang 27 Mar, 2017
Well darn. I've been following this one forever. I suppose the one silver lining I can find is I can stop being confronted by that weird-ass first non-word of the title: "Shiness". It looks like it should be pronounced the same as "shyness," but what does it mean? Does it have something to do with the word "Shine?" It looks like the bastard child of a ménage à trois involving the words "shines," "shininess," and "shins."

Gahh. Good riddance to a weird name!
adamhm 8 years 27 Mar, 2017
Not just that, but I also note on their Kickstarter FAQ:

QuoteWill the game be DRM-Free ?

Indeed, we will also release the game on GoG.

Game has been on the Steam store for ages, but there's still nothing on GOG & the dev is now saying that the GOG release will come later. Given the issues they also seem to be having with PS4 keys it sounds like their choice of publisher was a poor one IMO
Nyamiou 28 Mar, 2017
I've backed this one so I do hope they deliver, I was really dissapointed when I received the survey which listed the minimum requirements with Windows all over it.
Whitewolfe80 28 Mar, 2017
Quoting: Shinikio"it said "PC" and we all know how confusing that term is for Linux gamers."

"PC" is clear for me, it means "Personal Computer" not Windows or any system but more like hardware :P
Unfortunately, that often means "Windows" for most of people, but this is wrong and it should change. That's like say "console" and think it's only Sony, that's just nonsense

Yeah but it has worked when a game is announced they say PC and thus have managed to get into the heads of the majority PC = Windows.
Vuko2000 28 Mar, 2017
I`m glad that i did not support this game on Kicstarter. Last time I dont support any game from Kicstarter becouse there is lot of promises and nothing on the end. Better try support Fig there are clear rules. And at the end to bad no Shiness on Linux no money from my pocket. :-)


Last edited by Vuko2000 on 28 March 2017 at 3:23 pm UTC
Shinikio 21 Apr, 2017
Quoting: Whitewolfe80
Quoting: Shinikio"it said "PC" and we all know how confusing that term is for Linux gamers."

"PC" is clear for me, it means "Personal Computer" not Windows or any system but more like hardware :P
Unfortunately, that often means "Windows" for most of people, but this is wrong and it should change. That's like say "console" and think it's only Sony, that's just nonsense

Yeah but it has worked when a game is announced they say PC and thus have managed to get into the heads of the majority PC = Windows.

Yeah I know, but should be "PC Windows" not only "PC" :)
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