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Even though it was supposed to be delayed until April, GSC Game World have announced that there will be a public beta of the Linux version on Friday. We also have a spare key to throw at you!

From their announcement:
Quote3. Due to some technical issues with porting, we will launch an open beta of Cossacks 3 on additional platforms on Friday, March 31. We are sorry for any inconveniences.

I've had many chats with various people at GSC Game World during the delays with lots of different release dates thrown at me that never end up being hit, so it's good to see something finally happen. Although, I would by lying if I said I wasn't sceptical of them actually doing it, but I really hope they don't let us down again on Friday.

I will be reviewing the game once some time has been put into it to get a feel for it. I haven't been given any advanced access on this one.

I will also be doing some events online to play with the community, which I will livestream on Twitch.

About the game
This remake of the classic game, that originally launched in 2000, contains all of the elements that distinguish the successful Cossacks games and combines them with contemporary 3D-graphics. Cossacks 3 provides the player with infinite tactical options, including not only the construction of buildings, the production of raw materials, but also the broad selection of various units and the influence of the landscape.

How to get a free key
Thanks to the developer for providing keys for GOL staff, I also have a spare key to throw to our readers! If you want a free key, draw your best impression of you ready for battle using plain old pen and paper with your GOL username written on it (no username written on it, no entry!). Then post that in the comments. Competition will close on Friday at 8PM UTC. Article taken from
Tags: Steam, Strategy | Apps: Cossacks 3
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Kohrias 29 Mar, 2017
Would be great if they finally met the deadline. Really looking forward to this one.
Salvatos 29 Mar, 2017
What are the keys for if it's a public beta?
Liam Dawe 29 Mar, 2017
Quoting: SalvatosWhat are the keys for if it's a public beta?
You still need to own a copy of the game.
Alexander 29 Mar, 2017
I really hope they will do the public beta on friday. even if there is a problem with my setup and i could not play. But i want this game on linux.
const 29 Mar, 2017
To start the game and lower expectations:

IdleGandalf 29 Mar, 2017
Would be interesting to know if you purchase the game on friday, would the sale count as a linux sale even if its "only" in public beta. If this goes into public beta on friday there is no stopping me from buying it.
Segata Sanshiro 29 Mar, 2017
Quotedraw your best impression of you ready for battle using plain old pen and paper


Last edited by Segata Sanshiro on 29 March 2017 at 11:24 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 29 Mar, 2017
Less bad than me.
nerdknight 30 Mar, 2017

Riding on Linux I'm ready for any battle! :D
cdnr1 30 Mar, 2017
nice would totally love to play this game probably going to have to play vs the ai because my friends dont dare to fight with me lol (sadface)
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