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For those wanting to colonise Mars, but you don't buy from Steam you can rejoice as GOG have announced they will have Surviving Mars too!

Surviving Mars is being developed by Haemimont Games, who are known for Victor Vran, Tropico and more. It's being given a publishing hand by Paradox Interactive (not to be confused with the Paradox Development Studio) and it's due for release on March 15th.

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About the game:

Surviving Mars is a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement. Cultivate your own food, mine minerals or just relax by the bar after a hard day’s work. Most important of all, though, is keeping your colonists alive. Not an easy task on a strange new planet.

It looks extremely promising and as a huge fan of city builders and strategy games, along with a healthy curiosity about other planets I'm pretty keen to see how it runs on Linux. I'm hoping to have some thoughts up on the day of release or shortly after.

You can pre-order it right now from GOG, or Steam—whatever floats your boat.

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Pit 1 Mar, 2018
That is great news indeed :D

Seems this is/was a very good week for GOG/DRM-free lovers.
gomera 1 Mar, 2018
So, are you guys buying games from GOG even though they never finished the promising GOG Galaxy for Linux? For me it's a blocker, I prefer still buying games on Steam because of the simplicity when installing games. Am I missing something? cause installing manually dependencies may be a pain in the neck. Is it just because of DRM Free? Just asking, not trying to impose my idea to anyone.


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belisama 1 Mar, 2018
Quoting: gomeraSo, are you guys buying games from GOG even though they never finished the promising GOG Galaxy for Linux? For me it's a blocker, I prefer still buying games on Steam because of the simplicity when installing games. Am I missing something? cause installing manually dependencies may be a pain in the neck. Is it just because of DRM Free? Just asking, not trying to impose my idea to anyone.

GOG vs Steam is a quandary of DRM-free vs supportive of Linux and some people go one way and others go the other way and a few hardy souls tell them both to sod off.
Hamish 1 Mar, 2018
As long as I am able to buy Linux games on GOG.com then by definition the company is "supportive of Linux" because it is supporting it as an available platform. It may not be as enthusiastic about it as some would like, but that is not the same thing as offering no Linux support. It does a disservice to everyone involved with the Linux side of things at GOG.com to claim as such.
razing32 1 Mar, 2018
I actually buy on both platforms , usually related to cost.
For stuff I play with my friends , Steam is a must since it makes joining easy.
Also workshop support is great for mod management.
But I understand people who don't like Valve and Steam.
Avehicle7887 1 Mar, 2018
Quoting: gomeraSo, are you guys buying games from GOG even though they never finished the promising GOG Galaxy for Linux? For me it's a blocker, I prefer still buying games on Steam because of the simplicity when installing games. Am I missing something? cause installing manually dependencies may be a pain in the neck. Is it just because of DRM Free? Just asking, not trying to impose my idea to anyone.

GOG-only customer here, many games come with libraries right out of the box (most probably provided by the devs). As for the missing libs, most games use almost the same ones, so you install libraries for a game today, you install them tomorrow for another game and eventually your system will already have what a game requires. It's a non issue really, I haven't had to go library hunting in some time now.

Personally I wouldn't use Galaxy even if it existed. Downloading the installer and running "unzip -d ~/Output_folder ./game_name.sh" takes me seconds and I have greater control than any client that way.

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Glad this is coming to GOG, I haven't played a city build in a long while, will probably go for the middle tier with Deluxe.
GustyGhost 1 Mar, 2018
Quoting: gomeraSo, are you guys buying games from GOG even though they never finished the promising GOG Galaxy for Linux? For me it's a blocker, I prefer still buying games on Steam because of the simplicity when installing games. Am I missing something? cause installing manually dependencies may be a pain in the neck. Is it just because of DRM Free? Just asking, not trying to impose my idea to anyone.

While it would be nice for them to finish porting Galaxy, I view the ability to run games without a client as a strength. It just makes sense to have games install right to your system menu, the same location from which you launch any games installed from your package manager also. If Valve made the Steam client optional (or open sourced^_^), I would be much more supportive of them.
tumocs 1 Mar, 2018
Quoting: gomeraSo, are you guys buying games from GOG even though they never finished the promising GOG Galaxy for Linux?
Yes.
DRM free goodness with installers available from the website. That's been the draw for me with GOG long before the whole galaxy came to be. I don't care about the whole galaxy and never have.
hummer010 1 Mar, 2018
I use both, although Steam is typically only for bundled games and things I win on steamgifts. Generally, if I'm actually purchasing a game, it will be from GOG. Sometimes if the pricing is way out of whack, I'll buy on Steam and hope it hits Connect.

GOG + lgogdownloader = very simple game management with way more control than any client could give me. I would very likely not use Galaxy even it existed for Linux.

Most of the games I actually play on Steam don't require the client, and I manage them using SteamCMD instead of the actual client.
slaapliedje 2 Mar, 2018
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Quoting: tumocs
Quoting: gomeraSo, are you guys buying games from GOG even though they never finished the promising GOG Galaxy for Linux?
Yes.
DRM free goodness with installers available from the website. That's been the draw for me with GOG long before the whole galaxy came to be. I don't care about the whole galaxy and never have.

You'd be a terrible Jedi. No care for the whole galaxy...

I tend to only buy games on GoG that are from the original use case of it, old ones! These usually aren't on Steam anyhow.
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