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EVERSPACE [Steam, Official Site] has been a wee bit overdue for Linux, but today that ends. It's now available to download and it seems to run just fine.

There's no formal announcement yet on the Steam store page, but the developer posted this on the Steam forum:

Good news for all Linux users - the Linux version is as of now unofficially available. Because AMD is not supported in this version (you can try, but it's likely that the game will crash or there will at least be a lot of graphical issues) and we'd like to collect user feedback first, we've decided to not feature the Linux version on the steam page, yet.

All backers and everyone else who already bought the game will be able to install it using the steam client on Linux, though.

Have fun and please let us know if there are any problems.

The developers also tweeted to us on the gamingonlinux account this video of them running it on Linux. Seems like they're quite excited to see their work finally start paying off. I'm really happy for them, it's been a long bumpy road but it's finally coming to an end.

I personally purchased the game, since I've been extremely excited to give it a go. I'm happy to report that it does work just fine, for me. I am on NVIDIA though, so I'm at least supported in the unofficial release.

Note: If it doesn't run for you, then you may need to remove the "LD_LIBRARY_PATH" from the launch script, to make it look something like this (Arch users and maybe more):

#!/bin/sh
UE4_TRUE_SCRIPT_NAME="$(echo "$0" | xargs readlink -f)"
UE4_PROJECT_ROOT="$(dirname "$UE4_TRUE_SCRIPT_NAME")"
chmod +x "$UE4_PROJECT_ROOT/RSG/Binaries/Linux/RSG-Linux-Shipping"
"$UE4_PROJECT_ROOT/RSG/Binaries/Linux/RSG-Linux-Shipping" "$@"

This can be found in the "Everspace.sh" file in the games installation folder. I've tested this and while the original launch script works for me, the above also works.

I have the game set to the "Epic" preset, with Motion Blur (eww!) turned off and it's been a dream so far. There was a minor blip when I first fired some weapons, but after that it didn't happen again. Super smooth display, extremely responsive controls and boy does it look incredible.

Here's some shots I took, isn't it a beauty?

About the game:

EVERSPACE™ is an action-focused single-player space shooter, combining roguelike elements with top-notch visuals and a captivating story. It takes you on a challenging journey through an ever-changing, beautifully crafted universe full of surprises. Your skills, experience, and talent for improvisation will be tested continuously as you piece together the puzzle of your existence through encounters with interesting characters, each having their own unique part of the story to tell. In each exciting run, you will face entirely new situations, ensuring countless hours of thrilling gameplay and generating myriad opportunities for individual, meaningful moments to experience. No matter how skilled you are, death is inevitable but is also only the beginning of a much larger journey.

I will have a more thorough review up once I've had more time to play it!

Appreciate the tip, @eld_dop!

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razing32 8 September 2017 at 3:25 pm UTC
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CorbenYeehaaw!

When I talked to the CEO of Rockfishgames about the Linux version, he said he thinks they are doing the port for about 1000 people at max... let's prove him wrong!

Yup.
Already bought.
johndoe 8 September 2017 at 3:33 pm UTC
I will buy this game for sure in the next days and hope that Tux will be visible then.
Already bought ASTROKILL which also use Unreal Engine 4 and it runs very nice (no Tux yet, Early Access but cheap).
fabry92 8 September 2017 at 3:46 pm UTC
i will buy when appear logo!
liamdawe 8 September 2017 at 3:51 pm UTC
fabry92i will buy when appear logo!
Is there a reason for that? If you're waiting for more issues to be solved, fair enough, but if you're worried about being counted for Linux - just buy it.
Shmerl 8 September 2017 at 4:10 pm UTC
I'd like to test it with Mesa, but where is the GOG release?

And still zero bugs here: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/buglist.cgi?quicksearch=everspace

So I'm not sure they are following right procedures needed for these issues to be resolved.


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Kimyrielle 8 September 2017 at 4:12 pm UTC
Does this play a little like the old Wing Commander games?
tuxintuxedo 8 September 2017 at 4:12 pm UTC
Wonder which AMD driver they used for testing.
Lakorta 8 September 2017 at 4:18 pm UTC
liamdawe
fabry92i will buy when appear logo!
Is there a reason for that? If you're waiting for more issues to be solved, fair enough, but if you're worried about being counted for Linux - just buy it.
I guess because it's only an unofficial release for now, which means it could still be dropped (even if it's unlikely).
gustavoyaraujo 8 September 2017 at 4:19 pm UTC
I will buy it, for sure.
raneon 8 September 2017 at 4:20 pm UTC
Just bought the game as well :-)

On Arch Linux I have an issue with a library path for VlcMedia. I'm not able to test with mesa-git on my AMD GPU, maybe others have more luck.
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