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Strategy game Sudden Strike 4 has another DLC today with the release of the Africa: Desert War expansion.

This new expansion has two "mini-campaigns" with six new singleplayer missions from the North African campaign of World War 2. Africa – Desert War introduces over 30 new vehicles including an all-new medical truck, the Marder II Tank Destroyer, the British Bishop SPG, as well as the Italian Semovente da 105/25 Assault Gun.

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Despite the publisher telling us it would have cross-platform online play, it released without it. When told about it, they said they were looking into it and nothing was mentioned again with repeated attempts to contact them. When I asked about it again today, I was pointed towards this Steam forum post where a developer said this:

I am sorry to tell you that there will be no crossplattform multiplayer for SuS4. We looked at the requirements and it would require too much effort to get that working without lags and disconnects.

Such a shame, not really sure why "lags and disconnects" would suddenly be an issue but it might be a similar issue Feral Interactive have faced with some of their Linux ports.

That aside, it's still a pretty good strategy game. Not perfect by any stretch, but they've supported it well since release with a lot of new features and tweaks outside of DLC campaigns (which are quite good). If you're not particularly bothered by online play, it's easy enough to recommend.

Find Sudden Strike 4 and the DLC on GOG, Humble Store and Steam

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einherjar 12 October 2018 at 7:01 pm UTC
Makes no sense to buy, when it is not crossplattform multiplayer :-(
Dedale 12 October 2018 at 7:05 pm UTC
Sad, really.

I have no cross platform multiplayer on my CoH2 Linux native build but i have it with the CoH1, with no native version under proton !

Doc Angelo 12 October 2018 at 9:05 pm UTC
Quoteit would require too much effort to get that working without lags and disconnects

That's an interesting way to say "We just developed the network code for one system and didn't know that this could lead to problems with cross platform multiplayer. Whooops, we should have seen this coming..."
einherjar 12 October 2018 at 9:40 pm UTC
DedaleSad, really.
I have no cross platform multiplayer on my CoH2 Linux native build but i have it with the CoH1, with no native version under proton !

Hmm, that leads me to the question, if it would work with proton and CoH2. I would like to play CoH2 with a friend of mine, but he is on Windows....
Vishar 13 October 2018 at 1:01 pm UTC
einherjarI would like to play CoH2 with a friend of mine, but he is on Windows....

Just meke him install Linux
Dedale 13 October 2018 at 8:52 pm UTC
The infuriating stuff is that the game looks neat. But what is point of buying it if multi doesn't work !? It is not a minor feature of this genre of games.
14 14 October 2018 at 5:45 am UTC
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einherjarMakes no sense to buy, when it is not crossplattform multiplayer :-(
Drives are cheap. Buy one for your friend(s). Give them no excuses!
einherjar 14 October 2018 at 8:44 am UTC
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einherjarMakes no sense to buy, when it is not crossplattform multiplayer :-(
Drives are cheap. Buy one for your friend(s). Give them no excuses!

That's not really your opinion?!
Most of my friends don't want to use Linux. I will not get them on the nerves. I will just not buy this game...
BTW it is not a good marketing for Linux, to tell them what does not work.
rea987 14 October 2018 at 9:48 am UTC
So, how's Proton the compatibility of the Windows version? Has anyone tried it with proton_run?


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14 16 October 2018 at 12:05 am UTC
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einherjar
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einherjarMakes no sense to buy, when it is not crossplattform multiplayer :-(
Drives are cheap. Buy one for your friend(s). Give them no excuses!

That's not really your opinion?!
Most of my friends don't want to use Linux. I will not get them on the nerves. I will just not buy this game...
BTW it is not a good marketing for Linux, to tell them what does not work.
It is my opinion. Why do you have to be the one to miss out or give in? Why can't they do you a favor sometimes and boot to Linux so they can play this game with you? Flip the table sometimes.
Linux to Linux works. I wouldn't say that's broken.

Sure, if your friends wouldn't ever consider doing you a favor and booting to a system they didn't prefer, then don't waste your money. My idea could work in other circles.
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