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Steam's top releases for August 2019 are out, here's our usual look over

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Another month has passed and Valve have just now put up a post going over some of the big new releases on Steam for August.

Their top twenty list goes over what games earned the most in the first two weeks following the release. It doesn't matter if it's a "full" release or Early Access as it all counts when talking about revenue. Then they also take a look at the top five free titles by their peak concurrent player count following release.

Interestingly, while there's plenty of developers struggling to get noticed, Steam is also seeing brand new developers releasing for the first time doing well. Of the twenty below, seven developers were new to Steam.

Here's the top twenty ordered by Linux support first in bold and then by release date:

  1. Dicey Dungeons - Linux supported.
  2. Ion Fury - Linux supported.
  3. We Need To Go Deeper - Linux supported.
  4. UnderMine - Linux supported.
  5. Monster Sanctuary - Linux supported.
  6. Hide or Die - Steam Play: No reports.
  7. Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Steam Play: Silver.
  8. Cliff Empire - Steam Play: Platinum.
  9. Metal Wolf Chaos XD - Steam Play: Bronze.
  10. Shortest Trip to Earth - Steam Play: Platinum.
  11. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition - Steam Play: Broken.
  12. RAD - Steam Play: Not enough reports.
  13. Remnant: From the Ashes - Steam Play: Silver.
  14. ONINAKI - Steam Play: Platinum.
  15. Telling Lies - Steam Play: Broken.
  16. Hunt: Showdown - Steam Play: Broken.
  17. Pagan Online - Steam Play: Silver.
  18. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan - Steam Play: Gold.
  19. Blair Witch - Steam Play: Not enough reports (looks broken).
  20. Re:Legend - Steam Play: Not enough reports.

From August we have five that have official Linux support, with at least another three that should hopefully be click and play when used with Steam Play. For comparison April had three, May had two, June had one, July had six and we're here for August with five. So that's the second best month of new releases for Linux.

As for the top five free releases, this is where I never expect to see Linux. A lot of the free to play releases are online games, from developers focused on profiting as much as they can from micro transactions. Due to this, a thought is rarely given to Linux as they try to maximise that. Here they are:

  1. Steel Circus - Steam Play: Silver.
  2. Steambirds Alliance - Steam Play: Platinum.
  3. Hobs - Steam Play: Not enough reports.
  4. UNDEFEATED - Steam Play: Platinum.
  5. Rise of Legions - Steam Play: Not enough reports.

Now we come to the end of what Valve did, so let's do our usual bit by looking over games by the current player count in Steam's top lists. It changes a lot based on new releases, what's suddenly popular again and so on but it's still fun to just have a glance at.

For the top ten right now there's three that support Linux (Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 - all Valve games) and for the top one hundred there's forty one.

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Ehvis 24 September 2019 at 9:43 am UTC
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There are several Proton "broken" reports there mentioning black screens. I also see others that went from black screen to working with the Media Framework fix. If that helps for the other broken ones as well, then the only true broken ones are the EAC games.
eldaking 24 September 2019 at 11:47 am UTC
Looks like AoW Planetfall with Proton only has the bug with Paradox Launcher, that can be bypassed making it gold-rated (works perfectly with workarounds); the rating is brought down by the borked reports that didn't know how to fix it.

I'm not a fan of how ProtonDB averages ratings, as that is not how they work... silver isn't an average between gold and borked, it means it works but not perfectly. And gold isn't an average between platinum and whatever either, it is the same as platinum but workarounds needed. It would be best to say something like "50%Pl/30%G/0%S/20%B" to indicate the breakdown.

I'm also a bit annoyed by the Age of Empires remake not working at all. Because the old games worked, so in a way the remakes are a huge regression.
Mordrag 24 September 2019 at 12:06 pm UTC
Well i am kinda of a different opinion. Steam Play should be primarily for users who dont want to mess with wine to run a game. So if you need to apply workarounds to even play a Game that is clearly for me borked.
If the Game is playable but has Graphical Glitches or occasionally crashes that is silver.
If the Game runs good but minor Glitches can occur, or the game doesnt really perform as good as native its gold.
And Platinum is like Native.
What you are talking about is more like the Wine Rating on winehq, but Steam Play is also for linux/wine noobs.
BrazilianGamer 24 September 2019 at 1:27 pm UTC
I see progress. The glass of wine is always half full
PlayX 6 years 24 September 2019 at 2:05 pm UTC
MordragWell i am kinda of a different opinion. Steam Play should be primarily for users who dont want to mess with wine to run a game. So if you need to apply workarounds to even play a Game that is clearly for me borked.
If the Game is playable but has Graphical Glitches or occasionally crashes that is silver.
If the Game runs good but minor Glitches can occur, or the game doesnt really perform as good as native its gold.
And Platinum is like Native.
What you are talking about is more like the Wine Rating on winehq, but Steam Play is also for linux/wine noobs.

what is "like native" for you. maybe like some native linux games where the game runs much better with proton?
or same performance like on windows? I will not install a dualboot to test this ;-)
If the game runs without any errors out of the box for me with good performance (best ingame settings on the recommended or better hardware) then it is platinum for me.

But if we look at "Man of Medan" this is a good example for a wrong rating. The game can't be gold, because some game elemnts (videos) don't work. you can play the game without it because the not very important but this should bring the rating down to silver.

SteamPlay is only for noobs as long as they don't force it for all games. If you want run unsupported games you maybe will have some little work sometimes.
eldaking 24 September 2019 at 2:29 pm UTC
MordragWell i am kinda of a different opinion. Steam Play should be primarily for users who dont want to mess with wine to run a game. So if you need to apply workarounds to even play a Game that is clearly for me borked.
If the Game is playable but has Graphical Glitches or occasionally crashes that is silver.
If the Game runs good but minor Glitches can occur, or the game doesnt really perform as good as native its gold.
And Platinum is like Native.
What you are talking about is more like the Wine Rating on winehq, but Steam Play is also for linux/wine noobs.

ProtonDB adopted the wine rating system. If you mouse over the ratings, it shows the description according to that - gold says "runs perfectly after tweaks". If in the current system you report a game that doesn't run perfectly as gold, or one that runs perfectly after workarounds as borked, it is simply a wrong and misleading report.

I agree that SteamPlay should be more friendly to noobs, which means we need Platinum and not just Gold; games should simply work (which is exactly what Platinum is).
Kimyrielle 24 September 2019 at 2:38 pm UTC
I guess this list points out nicely why we need Proton so badly, and people need to stop bashing it. I don't think we can sell Linux as a viable gaming platform to interested users, if we have to tell them that only 25% of best-selling games work on it. In an ideal world, all games would work on all platforms, but alas, that's not the case. And with our 1% market share, it's not that we'd exactly be in a strong position to tell devs to release native ports.
Eike 24 September 2019 at 2:50 pm UTC
KimyrielleI guess this list points out nicely why we need Proton so badly, and people need to stop bashing it. I don't think we can sell Linux as a viable gaming platform to interested users, if we have to tell them that only 25% of best-selling games work on it. In an ideal world, all games would work on all platforms, but alas, that's not the case. And with our 1% market share, it's not that we'd exactly be in a strong position to tell devs to release native ports.

I understood the theory, I just don't see it happen in reality.
OG SWAT RV@Linux 24 September 2019 at 3:04 pm UTC
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Hmmm, I bought Starpoint Gemini 3.
The game is not in ProtonDB ranked.
The game start and always crashes after the loading screen to the desktop...
I hope for future patches. But where to find help ?
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