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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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Arehandoro 12 June 2019 at 10:56 am UTC
liamdaweThe thing to remember about Stadia is that games do have to run on Linux. It's literally Debian under the hood. However, most AAA titles have high levels of abstraction for APIs, since they often run on Windows, PS4, Xbox, Switch and some on Mac, so getting it on Linux with Vulkan for bigger studios isn't going to be a lot of trouble.

PlayStation OSes run on a variant of BSD and that didn't bring us more games from their platform. My opinion is that Stadia running on Debian is more a fun fact that an actual game changer or factor to take into account.

Vulkan, however, might be a better indicative for our interests.
liamdawe 12 June 2019 at 11:02 am UTC
Arehandoro
liamdaweThe thing to remember about Stadia is that games do have to run on Linux. It's literally Debian under the hood. However, most AAA titles have high levels of abstraction for APIs, since they often run on Windows, PS4, Xbox, Switch and some on Mac, so getting it on Linux with Vulkan for bigger studios isn't going to be a lot of trouble.

PlayStation OSes run on a variant of BSD and that didn't bring us more games from their platform. My opinion is that Stadia running on Debian is more a fun fact that an actual game changer or factor to take into account.

Vulkan, however, might be a better indicative for our interests.
I've never said Stadia will mean Linux ports though, just that it may help in future

This time is quite different though, since it's not a console. It's a service any of us will have the choice to use it or not on Linux.
GeoGalvanic 12 June 2019 at 11:38 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...

I imagine that devs will be releasing on Stadia and not doing native Linux releases so that they can design for only one OS and not "Linux".

It also seems that Google is willing to take on part of the porting process as well as support, which are still the major reasons (outside of third party tools and exclusive contracts) that devs are saying they won't support native Linux versions.

Personally I find the development of Stadia more intriguing than Steamplay, because they are promising to support Linux users, whereas Steam has still been pretty vague about what their support will look like.
mirv 12 June 2019 at 2:31 pm UTC
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liamdawe
Arehandoro
liamdaweThe thing to remember about Stadia is that games do have to run on Linux. It's literally Debian under the hood. However, most AAA titles have high levels of abstraction for APIs, since they often run on Windows, PS4, Xbox, Switch and some on Mac, so getting it on Linux with Vulkan for bigger studios isn't going to be a lot of trouble.

PlayStation OSes run on a variant of BSD and that didn't bring us more games from their platform. My opinion is that Stadia running on Debian is more a fun fact that an actual game changer or factor to take into account.

Vulkan, however, might be a better indicative for our interests.
I've never said Stadia will mean Linux ports though, just that it may help in future

This time is quite different though, since it's not a console. It's a service any of us will have the choice to use it or not on Linux.

It already has helped in some areas actually, specifically HLSL -> SPIR-V. The work on that from Google (just to be clear, it's not only Google doing it, but I won't go through the list here & now) has obviously had this in mind, but it's all being open sourced and basically managed by Khronos.
Hopefully I won't need to spell out how important HLSL -> SPIR-V is for porting games originally aimed at some DirectX variant.
dpanter 12 June 2019 at 3:32 pm UTC
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Afterparty went EGS? Aw motherfxx¤%!&"&% hell naw! *WHY*
liamdawe 12 June 2019 at 5:15 pm UTC
dpanterAfterparty went EGS? Aw motherfxx¤%!&"&% hell naw! *WHY*
Yeah and it's another that hasn't said a word on the Steam page.
F.Ultra 12 June 2019 at 5:26 pm UTC
Arehandoro
liamdaweThe thing to remember about Stadia is that games do have to run on Linux. It's literally Debian under the hood. However, most AAA titles have high levels of abstraction for APIs, since they often run on Windows, PS4, Xbox, Switch and some on Mac, so getting it on Linux with Vulkan for bigger studios isn't going to be a lot of trouble.

PlayStation OSes run on a variant of BSD and that didn't bring us more games from their platform. My opinion is that Stadia running on Debian is more a fun fact that an actual game changer or factor to take into account.

Vulkan, however, might be a better indicative for our interests.

Not really comparable. Playstation used BSD way down below but that was AFAIK not what you developed for when developing games for PS4, instead you developed against a complete Sony API for input, output, disk, network, display and so on. With Stadia they have one closed component but all the rest is pure Linux.

Which is not to say that the studios will release the Linux version ever, what they technically can do and what they will do is two different things.
sub 12 June 2019 at 6:17 pm UTC
liamdawe
dpanterAfterparty went EGS? Aw motherfxx¤%!&"&% hell naw! *WHY*
Yeah and it's another that hasn't said a word on the Steam page.

Why isn't Valve just wiping these products as long as they are exclusive elsewhere?

Or at least shut down the community hub for those products.
liamdawe 12 June 2019 at 6:26 pm UTC
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liamdawe
dpanterAfterparty went EGS? Aw motherfxx¤%!&"&% hell naw! *WHY*
Yeah and it's another that hasn't said a word on the Steam page.

Why isn't Valve just wiping these products as long as they are exclusive elsewhere?

Or at least shut down the community hub for those products.
No idea, any single time it happens the community turns into a complete shitfest, Valve should step in and do something really. Imagine any other business where something similar would happen, you would not see it in the store at all.
Cestarian 12 June 2019 at 9:51 pm UTC
Looks kinda boring tbh
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