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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.


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.

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BrazilianGamer 26 February 2020 at 10:17 pm UTC
Whoa. That was scary. Well, it's everything fine at the end
pete910 26 February 2020 at 10:17 pm UTC
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jensI really think Phoronix should stay at summarizing commit messages. The Feral article has a bitter taste on in considering they gave Feral apparently very little time to respond in private first.

Anyway, on the bright side we do know now that Feral is shiny and kicking. Reading the responses to the articles they even got a few extra sales out of it ;)

Thing is, emailing them in the morning to him is gone home time in the UK depending on were he is in the US
JJNova 26 February 2020 at 10:26 pm UTC
I'm actually disappointed that they aren't in trouble. If they were in a situation, maybe they would sell their games somewhere other than Steam.
slaapliedje 26 February 2020 at 10:36 pm UTC
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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.
Funny thing, I recently bought Campaign Cartographer 3 plus. It runs terribly on Windows 10, runs much faster under Wine 5.0 (as packaged in Debian Unstable.)
Then again, it also hasn't been updated to 64bit either.
Phlebiac 27 February 2020 at 7:30 am UTC
Whitewolfe80wb ... promised Arkham then pulled the plug on feral.

Do we know for sure who pulled the plug? It happened when it was getting review bombed and everyone was using the (brand new!) Steam refunding system. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Feral backed out at that point. Either way, it's disappointing, as it seems the reviews turned quite positive after the initial hatred.
F.Ultra 27 February 2020 at 10:22 am UTC
ShabbyXYou would think Feral can now get many games that are ported to Stadia and release them on desktop fairly quickly. I wonder what's stopping them from doing that.

The original game publisher is what is stopping them from doing that. Either by outright refusing to let Feral buy the Linux/macOS rights or by having such a high price that it's not worth it.
Nanobang 27 February 2020 at 12:35 pm UTC
Not a fan of Phoronix for reasons like this.
pete910 27 February 2020 at 1:56 pm UTC
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JJNovaI'm actually disappointed that they aren't in trouble. If they were in a situation, maybe they would sell their games somewhere other than Steam.

What a ridiculous thing to say!
leillo1975 27 February 2020 at 2:58 pm UTC
I think that Feral must make a few great announcements as soon as possible to shut the mouths of those who like rumors.
BrazilianGamer 27 February 2020 at 3:55 pm UTC
JJNovaI'm actually disappointed that they aren't in trouble. If they were in a situation, maybe they would sell their games somewhere other than Steam.

What a ridiculous thing to say!

WTF? Indeed
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