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Tate Multimedia have today published the Linux version of their Unreal Engine powered and crazy looking Steel Rats. The Linux version comes with Vulkan support too.

What's interesting, is that Tate Multimedia said they made the Linux version as a direct result of users requests. Asking doesn't always help but it costs nothing and in this case, it's given us a new game to play with.

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The developer sent over a copy, so I've checked it out. The performance of it, set to the Very High setting has been giving me a solid 60FPS and it feels incredibly smooth. You will likely get one or two bits of small stutter towards the starts but it quickly evens out. Oddly, even with V-sync turned off, it still seemed to be locked.

Gamepad support seems good too, something a fair few games still in 2019 struggle with. Not an issue here, the Steam Controller worked beautifully out of the box with no special configuration required and for a game like this it feels built for a gamepad.

As for the gameplay, I've massively enjoyed it so far. It's an action-platformer and the 2.5D viewpoint certainly works in its favour with the motorbike. What's really slick, is that part of the platforming involves using the front of your bike like a magnet. For example, certain parts will require you to make a jump while tilting your bike mid-air into the correct position, allowing you to stick onto some pipes to begin driving up a wall and it's seriously awesome. It feels quite a bit like a moto trials game, only it's been pumped full of steroids and gives you some fun extra toys to play with.

There's multiple characters, which you unlock as you find them during the campaign and each of them has their own set of abilities which does make it pretty interesting. As you collect scrap, you can also purchase some upgrades between levels as well so there's a little bit of progression in there too.

You can find it on Steam now. It's also on GOG, but no Linux build there yet.

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thykr 1 Mar, 2019
This is awesome!
PublicNuisance 1 Mar, 2019
For those interested I tried the Windows demo from GOG using PlayOnLInux version 4.3.4 and it starts to launch the game but just goes to a black screen after hitting Enter to start. I had the same thing happen on Steam using Proton 3.16-4. Either way happy to see it on Linux. Hoping the GOG version comes soon.
Avehicle7887 1 Mar, 2019
This may be the first Unreal game using Vulkan on Linux. Hopefully more will follow.
Shmerl 1 Mar, 2019
Great! I'll buy it after GOG Linux version will come out.

Quoting: Avehicle7887This may be the first Unreal game using Vulkan on Linux. Hopefully more will follow.

As far as I know, Helium Rain also has an option to use Vulkan (it's also using Unreal).

Going forward, Vulkan in Unreal will be the default probably. It still is missing some high end features support in the engine though:

I.e. now Vulkan in UE is nice, but it's not providing performance benefits yet.

Last edited by Shmerl on 1 March 2019 at 5:17 pm UTC
GeoGalvanic 1 Mar, 2019
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Looks interesting. I wonder why the demo is windows only
dpanter 1 Mar, 2019
Nice! Rushing off to buy the game, only to find that Steel Rats™ is already in your Steam library... wat. ^_^
TheRiddick 2 Mar, 2019
Small indie devs using Vulkan more/faster then the big AAA fat cat companies.. lol
Kohrias 2 Mar, 2019
Nice. I'll grab the GOG version once it is out.
ronnoc 2 Mar, 2019
Well now - This is a bit different, to be sure. Looks cool - Glad to have it on Linux.
micha 2 Mar, 2019
Only played 2h so far but those were a blast! I finished only 1 of the 5 regions/maps so still plenty more to enjoy. =)
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