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SteamOS/Linux Version Of Gauntlet Cancelled

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A developer has posted on the Gauntlet Steam forums about Gauntlet: Slayer Edition, a free upgrade to Gauntlet. In the same post the developer noted that the SteamOS version has now been cancelled due to limited resources.

QuoteSince all our focus has been needed on this free upgrade for PC, regretfully, the SteamOS version of the game has been cancelled. We hoped to have had that version ready by the time Valve had officially launched it later this year, but together with WBIE, it was decided that our limited resources were better dedicated to making the PC version the best it possibly could be. In our judgment that’s both what you PC players deserve, and what the PS4 version needs for the August release. We’re hoping that instead, you will enjoy the updates coming next month in Gauntlet: Slayer Edition as much as we do ourselves!

You can read the full post here.

So, that's that then, no Gauntlet for the penguin crowd it seems. I've done a quick scan of the Steam forums and it seems some people did pre-purchase the game due to the earlier promise of a Linux port. You might already be familiar with my attitude towards pre-orders and pre-purchases but I'll give you a small reminder: DON'T FRICKING DO IT.

This should be a good example of what could happen if you do not follow the mantra "don't buy before it's out". Hopefully the folks who bought early can get the game refunded.
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omer666 24 July 2015 at 10:20 am UTC
If that's what we deserve, then I'll be happily spending my money on the numerous other games awaiting in my wish list.

Sorry but their resources are not more limited now than they were when they promised the port to us in order to get our money.

I did not preorder it, nor was I waiting for it to be released, but that's yet another poor excuse that'll only cost them money because of refunds.

So, yeah, so long Gauntlet. We will not miss you.

Last edited by omer666 at 24 July 2015 at 10:21 am UTC
Linas 24 July 2015 at 10:21 am UTC
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Nothing is ever released on Linux until it is released on Linux.
ripper 24 July 2015 at 10:22 am UTC
They could at least learn saying "Windows".
coeseta 24 July 2015 at 10:26 am UTC
ripperThey could at least learn saying "Windows".

Exactly my thoughts when I read the quote.
darkszluf 24 July 2015 at 10:31 am UTC
well if you bought it within a year of the new policy on steam, and the game was released late 2014 so that is certain, you can just get a refund.
abelthorne 24 July 2015 at 10:35 am UTC
Not a big loss, as the game doesn't seem very good from what I've heard (maybe it has improved since its release or will with this Slayer Edition, though).

About people pre-ordering, can't they ask a refund from Steam, as it has been made easier recently? Maybe there's a time limit (I heard about two monthes after purchase, not sure where) but "the game won't run on my OS because the developer changed their mind about SteamOS" might be an argument.
Linas 24 July 2015 at 10:40 am UTC
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ripperThey could at least learn saying "Windows".

Exactly my thoughts when I read the quote.

Oh come on, if they want to say PC, let them have it. It is just as meaningless as the whole Linux vs GNU/Linux debate. Sometimes the distinction is important, but most of the time it is not.
weaponx169 24 July 2015 at 10:42 am UTC
I think we will remember this when they want us to buy any other games they may promise in the future. If that day comes, my money resources will be best used to improve other developer's wallets that aren't jerks and cancel games they promise on linux/steamOS.
linux_gamer 24 July 2015 at 10:47 am UTC
Maybe a job for Feral. According to their radar, they must run out of work in the near future.
muntdefems 24 July 2015 at 11:21 am UTC
LinasOh come on, if they want to say PC, let them have it. It is just as meaningless as the whole Linux vs GNU/Linux debate. Sometimes the distinction is important, but most of the time it is not.

In my regular skimmings through Kickstarter when updating the crowdfunding wiki I come by a lot of campaigns with ambiguous platform support statements like "this game will be available for PC". You'd be really surprised how many times the devs really mean "Personal Computer" (i.e. Windows+Mac+Linux) and not only "Windows".

So no, even if Steam does it, "PC" does not always equate to "Windows" and it can lead to confusion.
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