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I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but the Linux & SteamOS port of Killing Floor 2 [Steam, Official Site] has been put on hold. Although, it's not all doom and gloom.

I spoke over email with Tripwire, and I asked about the status of the previously confirmed version and their reply was this:
QuoteThe last official statement on it remains true. It is on hold as we work find somebody who is capable of helping us complete it.

This was confusing, since their last official word on it I could find said "Currently it looks like Linux files will come post launch but we are working towards that" (found here). I searched various places they post information, but couldn't find anything related to their email to me.

Their FAQ on Steam which still notes Linux & SteamOS as being planned hasn't been updated since April as well.

I asked for confirmation on where they stated this (other than the email to me now), but no reply.

I was really looking forward to it, so I'm pretty sad at this. The first Killing Floor was really damn fun, and I've put plenty of hours into it.

Hopefully if a developer or two get in touch with Tripwire, things can get rolling once again. I am hoping by highlighting this, that something can be sorted.

It's likely to be a long time until it arrives on Linux.
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sarmad 21 November 2016 at 6:30 pm UTC
Well, we have to admit. Valve tried to make Linux a viable gaming platform but they failed miserably at execution and it seems none of the major players in the industry is taking SteamOS seriously. Very sad. Though they did give Linux gaming a great push.
Leopard 21 November 2016 at 6:42 pm UTC
Ethan Lee maybe?
Nel 21 November 2016 at 6:54 pm UTC
If it's coded in C++, it's a job for Aaron Melcher of Knockout Games!
http://knockoutgames.co/
Tuxee 21 November 2016 at 7:13 pm UTC
sarmadWell, we have to admit. Valve tried to make Linux a viable gaming platform but they failed miserably at execution and it seems none of the major players in the industry is taking SteamOS seriously. Very sad. Though they did give Linux gaming a great push.

Care to explain the fault of Valve when Tripwire realizes that they actually have no clue on how to develop cross-platform games (or adapt for the Linux platform at least)? Why did they announce a Linux port at all (in the beginning it was even planned as day-1-release)? After all there are quite a few companies out there who don't have any problems with that. And Tripwire is anything but a "major player" - I'd see it more in the indie camp.
liamdawe 21 November 2016 at 7:26 pm UTC
I just hope someone steps up and Tripwire are willing to communicate with someone to get it done.
Gonza565 21 November 2016 at 7:33 pm UTC
Shame. Not only does this look cool but Rising Storm 2 looks amazing too - essentially rather like a Battlefield game but maybe more teamwork oriented.

Shame they are using UE3 rather than UE4. You would think they would switch over by now considering the amount of usage UE4 is getting.
scaine 21 November 2016 at 8:02 pm UTC
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Glad I was sitting down when I read this! ;) I though they were still in EA hell, and from the sounds of the comments on the release page, it sounds like they still are, but they've decided to release it anyway and be done. I doubt we'll ever see this on Linux.

The original game remains the game I've played most on Steam (about 60% on Windows and 40% on the graphically glitchy Linux version), so my pessimism cuts me deep. But after two and a half years of Early Access drudgery and added microtransactions, my hype and excitement for the sequel is dead and gone.

To announce PS4 support while STILL in Early Access AND after announcing day-1 Linux support is a huge slap in the face to fans who are buying to help shape a PC game too. Tripwire have lost my faith.
sarmad 21 November 2016 at 8:07 pm UTC
Tuxee
sarmadWell, we have to admit. Valve tried to make Linux a viable gaming platform but they failed miserably at execution and it seems none of the major players in the industry is taking SteamOS seriously. Very sad. Though they did give Linux gaming a great push.

Care to explain the fault of Valve when Tripwire realizes that they actually have no clue on how to develop cross-platform games (or adapt for the Linux platform at least)? Why did they announce a Linux port at all (in the beginning it was even planned as day-1-release)? After all there are quite a few companies out there who don't have any problems with that. And Tripwire is anything but a "major player" - I'd see it more in the indie camp.

Valve failed to market SteamOS as a competitor to consoles and instead marketted it as a competitor to Windows. They also failed to convince AAA studios to target the platform. Finally, they failed to convince retailers to carry Steam Machines in their stores. As a result, studios didn't take SteamOS seriously and didn't find it to be worth it to hire a Linux developer to do the porting.
scaine 21 November 2016 at 8:28 pm UTC
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sarmadValve failed to market SteamOS as a competitor to consoles and instead marketted it as a competitor to Windows. They also failed to convince AAA studios to target the platform. Finally, they failed to convince retailers to carry Steam Machines in their stores. As a result, studios didn't take SteamOS seriously and didn't find it to be worth it to hire a Linux developer to do the porting.
But they did encourage Tripwire to hire a Linux dev? The problem is, he left, and Tripwire are struggling to recruit a replacement.

SteamOS was never touted as a competitor to either Windows or consoles, true, probably because doing so would be both suicide and (in the case of Windows) hurt their relationship with their primary source of income. A fine line had to be tread. It didn't work out in the way we were hoping, but while you're welcome to cast that at the feet of Valve, doing so would be disingenuous given that we wouldn't be having this conversation about SteamOS in the first place if they hadn't given Linux gaming an steroidal shot in the arm in the first place by supporting Linux when so few others actually did.
Galatolol 21 November 2016 at 8:41 pm UTC
It's a pitty. I loved Killing Floor (it was actually the first game I played on GNU/Linux after having abandoned another os).
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