Support us on Patreon to keep GamingOnLinux alive. This ensures we have no timed articles and no paywalls. Just good, fresh content! Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal, Flattr, Liberapay or Buy us a Coffee. You can also buy games using our partner links for GOG and Humble Store.

Update: Feral got in touch, all is fine. As I suggested it was, it's due to a late filling of accounts. Phoronix has now removed their article and Feral has given permission to quote them on this:

Hello Liam,

Thank you for your email.

Sorry to give a mundane explanation, but this is a non-story. It is simply due to late filing of our accounts, not great, but not terribly unusual.

It’s a shame Michael Larabel didn't contact us before publishing this piece, we would have been happy to set him straight.

Feral is in good health and we look forward to continuing to bring great games to our favourite platforms for many years to come.

Regards,
Timur


Original article:

Feral Interactive, the porting company that has made many games available on Linux (as well as macOS and mobile) may be in a spot of trouble.

Reported first on Phoronix, as found out from the UK's Companies House, they're being given a "First Gazette notice for compulsory strike-off" which is not exactly a good sign for any company. What this means, is that they have a few months before they might cease to legally exist. There can be a few reasons for this, like not sending in their accounts or an annual confirmation statement. Looking at Feral, it seems theirs are overdue as they should have been done by 31 December 2019.

This would be really bad for Linux gaming as a whole considering just how many ports they've given us including: Mad Max, Shadow of Mordor, XCOM, XCOM 2, Life is Strange 1 & 2 + Before the Storm, HITMAN, Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, numerous Total War titles and they were supposed to also be bringing Total War Saga: TROY to Linux this year too.

However—given how they've only somewhat recently expanded into Nintendo Switch and mobile porting with multiple titles (and they're pretty lucrative platforms), and they only just released Company of Heroes on iPad, something about this seems a little odd. Hopefully it's a case of some missing paperwork that's being prepared late with this notice perhaps being automatic.

We've reached out to Feral Interactive, to see if they can provide a statement.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
37 Likes, Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG, Humble Store and Paradox Interactive. See more here.
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
72 comments
Page: 1/8»
  Go to:

Patola 26 February 2020 at 12:28 pm UTC
I do really really hope we don't lose Feral. Maybe buying more stuff from them would help, even though we're a tiny demographic.
Eike 26 February 2020 at 12:31 pm UTC


PatolaI do really really hope we don't lose Feral. Maybe buying more stuff from them would help, even though we're a tiny demographic.

Just bought the new Tomb Raider and LiS 2 full price from their store.

Feral leaving would be the day I'm installing Windows 10. Because there's no better suited system to start Exe files.
mirv 26 February 2020 at 12:33 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
  • Top Supporter
Given the timing (end of tax year), I'd say this is nothing more than an accounting slip-up.
Eike 26 February 2020 at 12:36 pm UTC
I decided that's nothing serious.

In case you wondered:
Yes, I'm the one to decide.
sub 26 February 2020 at 12:38 pm UTC
Proton/Steamplay. *Hooray* \o/

It's not like that at least some people assumed this will affect Feral.
Going for Switch is a good business decision.
Hopefully, it's not too late for them.

I feel for the employees and the uncomfortable time they're going through. :/
vipor29 26 February 2020 at 12:40 pm UTC
one can hope this is just speculation.this just came out of the blue.
Ehvis 26 February 2020 at 12:49 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
  • Top Supporter
In Dutch we say "een storm in een glas water" (I'm sure the meaning can be figured out with the knowledge of English. I'm expecting that this is what we have here.
BielFPs 26 February 2020 at 12:51 pm UTC
I think Feral should think about become a gaming developer company rather than just porting existent ones...

Of course they can't use the codes from the games they already ported, but I think they may have people with know how to make decent multi platform games (pc/consoles/mobiles) and this is still a niche even between big companies.

It take just one good game to make a company relevant, and if they somehow could make a cross platform game (consoles) this could be the icing on the cake.
benoliver999 26 February 2020 at 12:52 pm UTC
EhvisIn Dutch we say "een storm in een glas water" (I'm sure the meaning can be figured out with the knowledge of English. I'm expecting that this is what we have here.

In England we unsurprisingly say 'storm in a tea cup'.


This could really just be an admin oversight.
Eike 26 February 2020 at 12:56 pm UTC
BielFPsI think Feral should think about become a gaming developer company rather than just porting existent ones...

Game design and making takes totally different skills from porting.
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on Patreon, Liberapay or Paypal. We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!

You need to Register and Login to comment, submit articles and more.


Or login with...

Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams
Popular this week
View by Category
Contact
Latest Comments
Latest Forum Posts