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I'm a little sad to see this, the unique multiplayer survival game One Hour One Life [Official Site, Steam Link] where you're born into the world as a baby to a random parent is only going to support Windows on Steam despite having a Linux build.

When going over my inbox this morning I spotted an email from the developer, to give access to those who purchased it directly a copy on Steam. Excited, since I personally purchased it, I went ahead and redeemed it. Sadly, it turns out they're not putting the Linux build on Steam. Writing about it in a Steam announcement, the developer said this:

One thing I should warn you all about is that the Steam release will be Windows-only for the time being. The build process is complicated enough, and the Mac platform is finicky enough, that I've decided not to tackle it for now. Come to think of it, the old Mac that I build the game on probably can't even run Steam, so I'd have no way to test it. And sadly, Linux on Steam is even less of a priority. In my experience, Mac and Linux users make up only a tiny sliver of the Steam audience anyway. The Mac and Linux builds will continue being updated off-Steam as usual, however (and anyone who buys the game on Steam will be able to access them). Hey, I'm typing this update message from Linux right now, so I'm a true believer, but I don't even have Steam installed on here.

Thankfully, it's not the end of the world since they're continuing to update it as it always has been with copies purchased directly. Still, it's sad when things like this happen as personally I do much prefer to keep the majority of my games installed and updated it one single place just to make things a lot easier. It's also difficult to keep track of directly purchased games when there's just so many of them now.

The thing is, while it's not a massive game, this repeating issue of Linux gamers making up only a "tiny silver" of the Steam audience is an issue that will continue if developers don't get their Linux builds available on Steam. Although, with Steam Play it's obviously not as big an issue as it once was.

Here's something interesting too, the official Linux native version has a pretty outdated build of SDL. So for those like me, with two monitors, the starting experience with the native version really isn't great. It starts in fullscreen, spread across both monitors with it displayed in the middle cutting directly through the game. However, when run through Valve's Steam Play, the experience is actually massively better. Correct screen, correct resolution and everything works. So in this case, I'm actually getting a better experience with the Windows build through Steam Play thanks to Valve.

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sub 23 October 2018 at 10:16 am UTC
When it comes to recent games released on Steam Windows and Mac, but lacks Linux support, I'm particularly sad about Obra Dinn by Lucas Pope.

And it's a Unity game.
abelthorne 23 October 2018 at 10:26 am UTC
subWhen it comes to recent games released on Steam Windows and Mac, but lacks Linux support, I'm particularly sad about Obra Dinn by Lucas Pope.

And it's a Unity game.
He said that he has no plans for a Linux version in the near future but it's a possibility later (basically, he has to take a bit of time for himself after years developing the game, plus he's currently busy with support for Windows and Mac after the release). Also, he's already been contacted by Icculus and ValiantCheese who offered help for a Linux port.
Alm888 23 October 2018 at 3:48 pm UTC
sub
abelthorne

Eww… What are you guys/girls talking about?

The developer said the game is and will be available for Linux. Why are you behaving like he dropped support?

The only news here is that the game will not be available on Steam. That's all.

"Steam /= Linux", for mother's sake!!!
mylka 23 October 2018 at 5:00 pm UTC
in this case proton needs more disk space than the game itself?

this game looks like it could run in a browser and would be playable on all OS

like dead maze. you can play it on steam or in browser https://www.deadmaze.com/
seven 23 October 2018 at 5:38 pm UTC
proton will solve this, so no harm done
abelthorne 23 October 2018 at 5:44 pm UTC
Alm888
sub
abelthorne

Eww… What are you guys/girls talking about?

The developer said the game is and will be available for Linux. Why are you behaving like he dropped support?

The only news here is that the game will not be available on Steam. That's all.

"Steam /= Linux", for mother's sake!!!
We're talking about Return of the Obra Dinn, the new game by Lucas Pope (who made Papers Please), that sub just gave as an example of a recent game which doesn't have Linux support. It was just a small side discussion unrelated to the game in the article (One Hour One Life).
Alm888 23 October 2018 at 6:07 pm UTC
abelthorneWe're talking about Return of the Obra Dinn, the new game by Lucas Pope (who made Papers Please), that sub just gave as an example of a recent game which doesn't have Linux support. It was just a small side discussion unrelated to the game in the article (One Hour One Life).

Oh! Sorry, my bad. Didn't even play Papers Please, so that name of yours' haven't ring any bells.
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