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The interesting survival game 'Raft' has dropped Linux support

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Sad news, the survival game 'Raft' that really caught my interest for doing something very different has decided to drop Linux support.

It's a real shame as it was the first survival game to come along for quite some time that properly interested me.

The developers didn't go into specifics as to why, other than being a small team and dealing with platform-specific issues is time consuming. They noted the change on their blog:
QuoteUnfortunately, we will no longer support Mac and Linux. Since we are three people, and we do not work on Linux or Mac, we don’t have the time or resources to develop to these platforms. As the game becomes more complex, more and more problems arise specifically on Mac and Linux, which means we would have to spend too much time fixing those problems. We’re really sorry about this, and we hope to be able to port to these platforms in the future! We hope you understand!

I asked for a bit more info on Twitter and they didn't give me any, other than being a small team and several bugs appearing.

I totally understand being a small team and dealing with multiple platforms can get interesting, but it's a shame for us to miss out. Hopefully they will change their mind in future. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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cyanidearsenic 23 Jan, 2017
Oh how unfortunate, I just downloaded their alpha build too.
Nyamiou 23 Jan, 2017
Actually doing QA on three platforms when you are only three is probably really time consuming. Especially if none of those thre person know anything about OS X and Linux. Maybe when the game will be finish they could ask a porter to do the job.


Last edited by Nyamiou on 23 January 2017 at 12:23 am UTC
Shmerl 23 Jan, 2017
Too bad, I was interested in this game. Developers should learn how to work with Linux. May be they should find someone who knows Linux development for their team? Leaving to "may be in the future" is prone to bite them, when they'll realize they used too much Windows only stuff along the way.


Last edited by Shmerl on 23 January 2017 at 12:27 am UTC
sr_ls_boy 23 Jan, 2017
There are other titles to play rather than this one.

Quern, Greenwood, and Detention are available.
bgh251f2 23 Jan, 2017
I discovered this title earlier today and just downloaded it, now to discover it will no longer available. Sad.
km3k 23 Jan, 2017
They should update their Itch.io page then. It still says they support Linux.
Xpander 23 Jan, 2017
good thing i didnt thow money at them yet.
i can understand their decision though, it might be hard to keep testing and debugging for 3 different platforms if they could use that time to add more content.

hopefully they will port it later down the road though
Swiftpaw 23 Jan, 2017
It's not using Unity3D? It should take care of platform abstractions for you.
Cybolic 23 Jan, 2017
They would probably find them easier to fix if they named some of the issues they ran into. I get the limitations of a three man team, but this does seem a bit like giving up before even really trying.
Liam Dawe 23 Jan, 2017
Quoting: CybolicThey would probably find them easier to fix if they named some of the issues they ran into. I get the limitations of a three man team, but this does seem a bit like giving up before even really trying.
Yeah i asked a few times on Twitter, but they wouldn't give me specifics.
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