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The E3 2019 Linux gaming round-up

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Since there was actually more from E3 2019 for Linux than I expected, here's a little round-up of things so you don't get lost in a sea of articles. As expected, there's little in the way of AAA games but anyone actually expecting that for Linux hasn't been keeping up. Traditionally, E3 has never really given much information for Linux gamers. There were still a few fun little surprises though!

Coming this year

 

Coming in 2020

 

Crowdfunding

 

Hardware

  • Ryzen 9 3950X and Radeon RX 5700
  • Smach Z handheld - Shipping this year, Linux by default (Windows costs extra). There's been talk of them bringing out a Switch-like dock, to enable the CPU to run faster too.
  • Atari VCS console - March 2020

 

Pinched by Epic Store

  • WHAT THE GOLF? - Epic Exclusive until next year
  • Griftlands - Epic Exclusive until next year
  • Afterparty - Epic Exclusive until next year, waiting to hear more info from the developer

 

Stadia

Since Stadia will work on Linux and it's powered by Linux, here's what is newly announced for it:

  • Marvel's Avengers - Square Enix
  • Watch Dogs: Legion - Ubisoft
  • Uplay+ - an extra subscription service, with access to 100+ games. Not clear how many of those will be on Stadia.

 

Interestingly, we also now know why Valve are going it alone in making their own stand-alone version of Dota Auto Chess. During E3 at the PC Gaming Show, the original creator of the popular Dota 2 game mode revealed that his own stand-alone desktop game is going to be an Epic Store exclusive. It now makes more sense why Valve said, "Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons".

On another Valve-related note that's small, Valve also put out Steam Play Proton 4.2-7 to "Fix for performance and sound regression that affected some games, like Wolfenstein: The New Order.". This was needed, as FAudio was a bit messed-up.

For those curious (we've been asked a few times about this), Paradox Interactive and Romero Games also revealed Empire of Sin, sadly though it seems to be another game published by Paradox that won't be seeing Linux support. Linux was missed out of all the press info they sent.

As for a random bit of non-gaming news, Debian 10 Buster was announced this week to release on July 6th.

Plenty more non-E3 news to come Linux gaming fans! I have a big todo-list and inbox waiting for me, which got pushed back by the surprising number of announcements over the last two days.

I will continue to add to this, as more comes out so check back often!

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Ardje 12 June 2019 at 9:02 am UTC
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You forgot the Smach Z in the list, which was primarily meant as a Linux device.
Eike 12 June 2019 at 9:03 am UTC
QuoteSince Stadia will work on Linux and it's powered by Linux, here's what is newly announced for it:
[...]
Uplay+ - an extra subscription service, with access to 100+ games.

This does mean the games do not need to run natively on Linux.
Ubisoft won't port 100+ games...
sub 12 June 2019 at 9:10 am UTC
Eike
QuoteSince Stadia will work on Linux and it's powered by Linux, here's what is newly announced for it:
[...]
Uplay+ - an extra subscription service, with access to 100+ games.

This does mean the games do not need to run natively on Linux.
Ubisoft won't port 100+ games...

Doesn't sound it's using the Stadia infrastructure.
It even supports offline gaming.
Liam Dawe 12 June 2019 at 9:10 am UTC
ArdjeYou forgot the Smach Z in the list, which was primarily meant as a Linux device.
Added, good shout.
Eike
QuoteSince Stadia will work on Linux and it's powered by Linux, here's what is newly announced for it:
[...]
Uplay+ - an extra subscription service, with access to 100+ games.

This does mean the games do not need to run natively on Linux.
Ubisoft won't port 100+ games...
Details of how it will work are yet to be confirmed, as are the exact number of Stadia-compatible titles.

Edit: As for "won't port", if the money is there to be had, they would.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 12 June 2019 at 9:16 am UTC
Eike 12 June 2019 at 9:15 am UTC
subDoesn't sound it's using the Stadia infrastructure.
It even supports offline gaming.

Ah. I thought they're all running on Stadia as well.

General remarks:
I do think Stadia might help us.
While not every Linux port will make it to the shops (DOOM, I'm looking at you, and angrily that is!), more game developers with Linux knowledge is a good thing for us.
kon14 12 June 2019 at 10:09 am UTC
liamdaweInterestingly, we also now know why Valve are making their own stand-alone version of Dota Auto Chess. During E3 at the PC Gaming Show, the original creator of the popular Dota 2 game mode revealed that his own stand-alone desktop game is going to be an Epic Store exclusive.

That's hardly the reason why they're making a stand-alone version of Auto Chess.
While they were busy releasing Artifact and having it end up as an utter failure of a non-free2play game with extremely greedy monetization, Auto Chess was one of the most successful games available on their platform and they somehow managed to let that one too get snatched by Epic.

If they ever hoped for Artifact to maintain a sizeable play base with that pricing they should have at the very least released the mobile client along with the desktop one.
Then it took them too long to start focusing on Auto Chess and they're still far from releasing their own version of it, with only a hideous dev gameplay vid recorded on a toaster.

Epic is not the only one releasing a competitor (well barely so, since the original dev is working on it). Tencent is also releasing a League of Legends spinoff and it seems like both of these versions are going to be out way before Valve's own standalone client.
Liam Dawe 12 June 2019 at 10:18 am UTC
kon14
liamdaweInterestingly, we also now know why Valve are making their own stand-alone version of Dota Auto Chess. During E3 at the PC Gaming Show, the original creator of the popular Dota 2 game mode revealed that his own stand-alone desktop game is going to be an Epic Store exclusive.

That's hardly the reason why they're making a stand-alone version of Auto Chess.
I didn't quite get my text right on that bit. I've adjust it, it was meant more as in why they're doing it alone and not together.
Liam Dawe 12 June 2019 at 10:20 am UTC
Added Bite the Bullet, shown off at The Mix during E3.
Liam Dawe 12 June 2019 at 10:30 am UTC
Added Mable & The Wood, was shown for Xbox and it's showing at The Mix too, has been confirmed for Linux since last year.
Liam Dawe 12 June 2019 at 10:52 am UTC
Added Aground, they announced a console release along with a big update to the Early Access release. Aiming for a full release early next year.
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