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The Metro Redux FPS Games Will Require OpenGL 4 On Linux

Posted by , 29 August 2014 at 10:25 am UTC / 12511 views
In an interview with eurogamer Oles Shishkovstov the chief technical officer of 4A Games made some remarks about the Linux version of the new Metro FPS games.

QuoteDigital Foundry: Any thoughts on SteamOS? You have Last Light on Linux now running on an older OpenGL, but I understand you have a more advanced version in the works...

Oles Shishkovstov: Yes, the original Metro Last Light Linux port was based on OpenGL 3.2 - it was stable but did not support high-end features. For Redux we are essentially replicating the DX11 version, with almost one-to-one correspondence in features. The downside of that approach - the GPU should be at least OpenGL 4 'core profile'.

Looks like the Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux games on Linux will be looking mighty fine.

If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out this overview of the revamps:

Still, we don't yet have word on their release date, but it does mean that 4A Games will have a very up to date engine now for OpenGL.
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Beamboom 29 August 2014 at 10:34 am UTC
For me it's reason alone to buy this upgraded version just to see OGL4 in full effect.

GoCorinthians 29 August 2014 at 11:04 am UTC
So Im ready!

strider 29 August 2014 at 11:19 am UTC
I've been waiting for the first OpenGL4 only game for a while, glad it's finally happening!

lave 29 August 2014 at 11:58 am UTC
just in case someone is wondering - you will need:
AMD 5xxx Series or higher
NVIDIA 4xx Series or higher

mirv 29 August 2014 at 12:12 pm UTC
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Glad to see GL4 starting to be pushed a bit more. There's still plenty of older hardware around, but sadly it's time to push to newer generation architectures - at least with newer, high graphics demanding games.

Plintslîcho 29 August 2014 at 12:21 pm UTC
I was never particularly interested in Metro but have to say that the Redux version looks pretty impressive. I could imagine picking it up for Linux if it weren’t a Steam-only title.

Cimeryd 29 August 2014 at 12:25 pm UTC
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lavejust in case someone is wondering - you will need:
AMD 5xxx Series or higher
NVIDIA 4xx Series or higher

Does that mean my Intel graphics laptop won't be able to run it at all, even with settings cranked down?

godlike 29 August 2014 at 12:31 pm UTC
Cimeryd
lavejust in case someone is wondering - you will need:
AMD 5xxx Series or higher
NVIDIA 4xx Series or higher
Does that mean my Intel graphics laptop won't be able to run it at all, even with settings cranked down?

If the "redux" version of Metro's engine is OpenGL 4.x only, then I am afraid the chances to play it are slim. The Linux Intel drivers officially support GL 3.x with some 4.x extensions.

I guess we need to wait and see if they will support both 3.2 and 4.x.

STiAT 29 August 2014 at 12:31 pm UTC
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Wow, even my old 555 gtx has OpenGL 4.2 ...

Cestarian 29 August 2014 at 1:05 pm UTC
This is great news! I hope more will follow their example!

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