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It seems the recent teaser of a new Linux & Mac port from Feral Interactive has seen the two platforms split, with Mac now getting it first.

When the "West Norwood" teaser was first announced, it was shown as coming to Linux & Mac at the same time. Now they each have an entry, with the Mac version due out first.

Now the Linux version is sat in the "Soon" section, with Mac in the "Very Soon" section:
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Have you any idea what it is yet?

I have to say it's a shame. Not unexpected though, since Feral now have to work with a different graphics API for Mac. They also likely have two different teams working on Linux & Mac ports, so the Linux team might be encountering problems.

So from Feral: Linux isn't getting Bioshock Remastered, the Total War WARHAMMER 'Norsca' DLC is delayed for us and the XCOM 2: War of the Chosen expansion is not a day-1 Linux release either. Hopefully Feral will step up a bit for us, but I'm sure they have some surprises in store for us yet.

This year they've already given us some really fun games like HITMAN, Shogun 2 and DiRT Rally. I personally hope for some more great single-player games from them!

Thanks to MaCroX95 in our Discord for pointing it out.
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const 13 August 2017 at 7:46 am UTC
'Norsca' DLC is delayed for us
step up a bit for us
I'm sure they have some surprises in store for us
in store for us
yeah
jens 13 August 2017 at 8:01 am UTC
Talking about a delay without a baseline planning is rather speculative. Eventually the Linux port is exactly on track, but the Mac port is progressing much faster than initially expected

I don't mind waiting at all, I prefer quality above quantity.
(Hopefully it's indeed Rise of the Tomb Raider )
liamdawe 13 August 2017 at 8:59 am UTC
PixelPiI also love Liam's Linux bias.
I'm a little confused on what you mean here?

jensTalking about a delay without a baseline planning is rather speculative. Eventually the Linux port is exactly on track, but the Mac port is progressing much faster than initially expected
Do note I didn't say anywhere this teaser is delayed for us only that Mac is getting whatever it is first.
jens 13 August 2017 at 9:32 am UTC
liamdaweDo note I didn't say anywhere this teaser is delayed for us only that Mac is getting whatever it is first.

Yes, your wording were very carefully, though "might be encountering problems" might imply "they might experience a delay"


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tuubi 13 August 2017 at 9:56 am UTC
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liamdawe
PixelPiI also love Liam's Linux bias.
I'm a little confused on what you mean here?
The day you lose that Linux bias I'm outta here. What is this, gamingonwhatever.com?
Duke Takeshi 13 August 2017 at 10:14 am UTC
Hmmm okay so mac people might get whatever game it is on the radar a little earlier...so what? I also think that a direct comparison of games being ported to Mac and Linux isn't very productive. Concerning Bioshock Remastered:Feral never stated that they will port all games for mac to linux as well. It's a revenue based decision for them if they want to port a game to mac, linux or both.

Feral is one of the very few companies out there that care about bringing games to our platform. We know that linux sales amount to two to three percent on average, even if it was five percent it's still pretty small, and we also know from some insider interviews (thanks to the great work of people like Liam) that linux issues also take up a lot of resources for the support.

I remember the article about Witcher 3 not being ported to linux because of the linux community treating the developers in a really bad way for the witcher 2 port. So if I was a dev, and I had some trouble porting whatever game that is to linux, would I want the linux community to push me and support me to make it work (cookies helped in the past ) or do I want it to complain about the game being ported to mac first (even if not intended, I think the article does sound like a complaint in part)?

I recently played a lot of Ferals ports: Shadow of mordor, Hitman and now total war: warhammer, all work just fine on my machine and I am really thankful for Feral bringing those games to linux, because otherwise I had to switch to my Windows 10 partition to play and I always feel like having to shower afterwards
1xok 13 August 2017 at 10:30 am UTC
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liamdawe
PixelPiI also love Liam's Linux bias.
I'm a little confused on what you mean here?

I share your predilection for Linux. And it is pretty cool that you also report on such details. I like these articles.

But remember: The Mac people wait until today on Deus Ex, DiRT Rally and many more.

The disease is called "proprietary API". But I'm curious what the current port will be. I guess it will be the current Tomb Raider with Vulkan support. For Linux they will have to support a lot of Hardware. Not so easy. For Apple they will use Metal and have to support only a few systems.
liamdawe 13 August 2017 at 10:35 am UTC
@Duke: Don't really get where you seem to think pointing out things are complaints, but okay. The article even ended on a positive note.

You can hardly compare this article to what happened with The Witcher 2, come on now. I'm mostly stating basic facts, which gave me an opportunity to reshare the teaser.

The fact is though, I want Bioshock Remastered on Linux and I will repeatedly make it known


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jaycee 13 August 2017 at 12:00 pm UTC
If people are really going to start thinking that the only reason Mac is going to get ports over Linux, is because of Metal, then those people are very much deluded.
Duke Takeshi 13 August 2017 at 12:47 pm UTC
liamdawe@Duke: Don't really get where you seem to think pointing out things are complaints, but okay. The article even ended on a positive note.


Sorry I didn't mean to offend you or anything . And you are right, the article did end on a positive note.

However I can't really understand the necessity of the article for us linux gamers. The title says explicitly that the game will be on mac first, but why would a linux gamer care, as long as the game gets ported to linux eventually? What would be of interest however, is to know if said game was delayed, which we couldn't possibly know because no one knows the time schedule of feral. Why were linux and mac versions separated on the radar? Maybe they've got problems with the linux version,maybe they were faster with the mac version than expected, we can only speculate.

liamdaweYou can hardly compare this article to what happened with The Witcher 2, come on now. I'm mostly stating basic facts, which gave me an opportunity to reshare the teaser.

Sorry again, I didn't mean to say that either. In no way is this article comparable with what happened with witcher 2, of course. I was merely trying to break a lance for supporting devs who keep bringing great games to our platform.

liamdaweThe fact is though, I want Bioshock Remastered on Linux and I will repeatedly make it known

Me too! Who knows maybe, if the recent feral questionnaire turns out to show enough interest in the game, we'll get a linux port eventually.
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