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The Linux gaming Sunday round-up paper

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Catch up on some recent big news and some things we haven't covered through the week on GamingOnLinux.

Total War Saga: TROY

Let's start with the really big one, Creative Assembly and SEGA officially announced Total War Saga: TROY. Game porting studio Feral Interactive will be bringing this one to Linux "shortly" after the Windows release next year. Total War games must sell reasonably well on Linux for Feral to port so many of them.

Linux For Everyone interviews CodeWeavers

Jason Evangelho, who writes for Forbes and ended up becoming quite a huge Linux fan now has his own podcast called Linux For Everyone. I guest speak on it here and there to highlight a fun game every few episodes, with episode 9 having a really great interview with Codeweavers CEO Jeremy White and Wine developer Andrew Eikum.

Valve lose a court battle, users should be able to re-sell their digital games

Still a lot to think about on this one, something that could cause major issues for the gaming industry. I've yet to see an indie developer happy about the possible issues this comes with. If this actually goes through, the decision may force developers to change how they treat digital sales of games.

Canonical detail what 32bit packages will continue to see support

Now the dust has settled on Canonical nearly dropping 32bit entirely and then deciding against it when Valve were going to drop support for Ubuntu, Canonical have given some info on what packages will continue to be supported through to Ubuntu 20.04.

New Steam Library enters Beta

While a big step in the right direction, with a lot of new and useful features it has come with numerous issues that need solving. There's no mention of Steam Play, all games are bundled regardless of operating system support into a single list, a pretty big memory leak somewhere and more. I've been greatly enjoying the new dynamic collection feature though, very handy!

The full animated opening for the upcoming game Indivisible is up

Releasing with Linux support on October 8th on GOG (no page up yet) and Steam, Indivisible is the latest game from Lab Zero Games the creator of Skullgirls. Take a look at their opening animation in full:

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Subsoap updates Faerie Solitaire Harvest, still free on itch for Linux

Faerie Solitaire Harvest continues to be free for Linux gamers on itch.io, with it recently being given an update. Windows and Mac have to pay but we can either donate to support the developer or play free. The developer shared this image, showing very little income for it on itch and almost all downloads on itch were from Linux (source). It's also on Steam and they have announced Faerie Solitaire Dire.

KDE launches the beta release of Plasma 5.17

Another release of KDE Plasma is due soon, with it now in Beta. Lots of improvements to all areas of the desktop, with the promise that Plasma will start "even faster".

GNOME 3.34 Released

GNOME 3.34 released recently with a much improved retro gaming application "Games" that allows multiple saves per game.

AMD possibly up to 25% of the desktop CPU market

According to Wccftech, it's looking like AMD may have captured 25% of the desktop CPU market thanks to strong growth powered by their Ryzen processors although supply shortage is causing issues.

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Let's end with a question for readers: What have you been playing this week/weekend and what are your thoughts on it?

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Vortex_Acherontic 22 September 2019 at 10:59 am UTC
I tried Conan: Exiles on Linux live on Twitch, because it had a free weekend, with my Window friends and it went very well as long as you run your own dedicated server or play it in co-op mode.
Quite an interesting game and ran extremely well on Linux. Unfortunately they do not have a native Linux port and you'll not be able to play on official servers due to BattlEye.
But as I said with your own dedicated server it's pretty fun with friends.
I hosted one on my 2nd Linux box using wine So we had one Linux Server using Wine, one Linux player using Proton and DXVK (me) and 2 Win10 players and it was quite funny because I had zero issues while my windows using friends had some graphical glitches here and there and some input issues, after respawn one of them was not able to move for a few seconds and some other stuff too
The only thing which was a bit annoying for me was the server running through wine, which had some minor instability issues and I had to restart it 5 times in about 15 hours of stream
WorMzy 22 September 2019 at 11:05 am UTC
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Thanks for the sum up, I'd missed a couple of these.

As for what I'm doing -- I have fallen into the same trap as Sin and fired up Minecraft again. Goodbye non-working life, I will remember getting shit done with fond memories.
linuxcity 22 September 2019 at 11:11 am UTC
feral has been very good to us and sega as well.
Patola 22 September 2019 at 12:24 pm UTC
And in other news, Rocket League does not follow regional pricing anymore, so for us cucarachas the price is about 250% of what it was before.
Nanobang 22 September 2019 at 1:13 pm UTC
I enjoyed this Sunday roundup article. Is it new? I don't remember seeing it before. Anyway, kudos.
Liam Dawe 22 September 2019 at 1:27 pm UTC
NanobangI enjoyed this Sunday roundup article. Is it new? I don't remember seeing it before. Anyway, kudos.
We do it sometimes, this was a bit of a new format though, just trying something a lil different.
BrazilianGamer 22 September 2019 at 2:43 pm UTC
QuoteTotal War games must sell reasonably well on Linux for Feral to port so many of them.

That's my opinion too. They announce a new game and right after it, they announce it will be ported to Linux. Linux sells very well otherwise there wouldn't be any reason for so many ports. May they come more and more


Last edited by BrazilianGamer on 24 September 2019 at 1:58 am UTC
kaiman 22 September 2019 at 3:02 pm UTC
Been playing a bit of Kingdom Come: Deliverance in Wine + DXVK and Jenny LeClue in all its native glory! :-).

Not much to say about the former; the fact I've been playing that for close to 175 hours speaks for itself. I've only got one and a half DLCs to finish, though, so the end is drawing near.

Jenny LeClue turned out great, after all those years of waiting. It's delightfully funny and mysterious. It's not too difficult, but that also means the narrative flow doesn't get interrupted by unfair or illogical puzzles thrown in purely to stall for time. After Heaven's Vault, that's this year's second highlight in gaming for me!
Ehvis 22 September 2019 at 4:52 pm UTC
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BrazilianGamer
QuoteTotal War games must sell reasonably well on Linux for Feral to port so many of them.

That's my opinion too. They announce a new game and right after it, they announce it will be ported to Linux. Linux sells very well otherwise there wouldn't be any reason for a many ports. May they come more and more

And they are allowed early ports for near simultaneous release. I think they had Three Kingdoms up only hours after the Windows release. Which keeps it nicely visible in short period of high attention.
Purple Library Guy 22 September 2019 at 7:01 pm UTC
BrazilianGamer
QuoteTotal War games must sell reasonably well on Linux for Feral to port so many of them.

That's my opinion too. They announce a new game and right after it, they announce it will be ported to Linux. Linux sells very well otherwise there wouldn't be any reason for a many ports. May they come more and more
Probably the cost is also very low by now. I mean, Feral must know the codebase inside out at this point, they just poke around to see what's different, do a little update to their now-almost-standard setup for porting Total War titles, and Bjorn Stronginthearm's your uncle.

I just finally finished the game of Stellaris I'd had going for ages. There I was, coasting to the finish line, even the ancients were Pathetic next to me, and then stuff started happening. First one of the ancients decided to go all crusader . . . fine, time to beef up the navy and crush them, no worries, and they hadn't even declared war on me in particular yet . . . then some AI thing starts trying to kill all sentient life, OK, let's whack that and ignore the ancients until I'm finished . . . then these other ancients decide it's their job to stop the first ancients . . . great, they'll keep each other busy while I kill off the AI thing . . . then the second group of ancients want me to join up with them to stop the first ones . . . with them as my boss. Yeah, thanks but no thanks . . . so then I find both ancient groups have declared war on me and intimidated half the galaxy into joining them, and I'm barely started crushing the AI things. And then I make the mistake of going along with a proposal to head a Federation to stop the ancients; the rest of the federation is useless but my fleet size cap drops because some of it is now allocated to the federation!
I took them all down, but it was like playing whack-a-mole for a while there. Ended up inadvertently owning most of the galaxy. All in all, the very late game turned out much more eventful than I'd been expecting.

So now I've started Battletech. Seems good so far.


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