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GOL follower 'Beer' wrote in to let us know that 'The Wild Eight' [Steam], a game I was previously excited about has decided to delay the Linux version because doing builds for different systems is 'too hard'.

This is becoming a really annoying pattern with crowdfunded games, here's what the developer said exactly:

QuoteWe are going to add it with updates later. Our hands are tied now because having builds for different OS is too hard for us because we want to publish updates and fixes really fast.


The problem is, Linux was specifically mentioned as a platform for 'simultaneous release' on their Kickstarter, which no doubt got them a fair few Linux gamers to fund them.

A situation that has become all too common and annoys me constantly. Don't fund games on Kickstarter if you're not prepared for things like this to happen folks.

Hopefully, when their update schedule slows down a bit they will actually do Linux support as it was promised.

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Aryvandaar 13 February 2017 at 11:58 am UTC
Thanks for the heads up Liam.

However, I don't kickstart games anymore, unless on very rare occasion where the company has a very good track record.
uoou 13 February 2017 at 12:01 pm UTC
QuoteOur hands are tied

Our hands are tied by the fact that we lied to you so that you would give us your money in order to make a game for a platform you don't even own.

It's too hard for us to not lie to you because we really wanted your money in exchange for nothing at all. I hope that clears things up - as you can see, because we are lying scammers, our hands were tied
Leopard 13 February 2017 at 12:09 pm UTC
It seems they also didn't publish promised Mac version as well.

I think developers are just like thatude,let's do the windows version first.As 90 percent of potential buyers are out there.If sales are going to slow down we will release Linux and Mac versions for getting one last sale.
uoou 13 February 2017 at 12:19 pm UTC
LeopardI think developers are just like thatude,let's do the windows version first.As 90 percent of potential buyers are out there.If sales are going to slow down we will release Linux and Mac versions for getting one last sale.

That's fine outside of crowdfunding - we get that Linux is a (proportionally) tiny market and that most devs are inexperienced with it - I think, as a community, we're pretty forgiving of (reasonable) delays and so forth.

It's entirely different when people have paid money up front on the promise of a (simultaneous) Linux release. We know from experience that these delays have a tendency to become permanent. Taking someone's money and then not delivering what you sold them is rightly criminal in any other context besides crowd-funding.

I think some devs go in knowing that they can get bit more money by offering Linux support then pull it later, confident that we have no recourse. They should be called what they are: scammers.
Nanobang 13 February 2017 at 12:25 pm UTC
QuoteOur hands are tied now because having builds for different OS is too hard for us because we ...

" ... suck as programmers almost as much as we suck as people."


[Addendum: Personally, this is no loss to me. Besides their belief that snow turns purple at night, these guys are bringing nothing to the table. "SURVIVE IN A FROZEN BLAH BLAH BLAH!" Been there. Survived that.]


Last edited by Nanobang at 13 February 2017 at 12:30 pm UTC
Mountain Man 13 February 2017 at 12:51 pm UTC
It's about time for Linux gamers to boycott Kickstarter. With over 3000 Linux games currently on Steam, and more being released every day, we can afford to be choosy.
TheroL 13 February 2017 at 12:58 pm UTC
hmm.. maybe i should start to bother dev's i know about proper linux support, and maybe help them with linux testing..
elbuglione 13 February 2017 at 1:44 pm UTC
Reminder nº 1897:

Don't ever never preorder or kickstart!
micha 13 February 2017 at 2:12 pm UTC
Did they really promise Linux/SteamOS during the EA period?

Ofc not having the SteamOS icon for the real release would be disappointing but if it's only EA I don't really care unless they drag it out for more than half a year or so.
SirBubbles 13 February 2017 at 2:31 pm UTC
I'd like to chime in. After being burned by Kingdom Come: Deliverance and The Mandate, I'd be really hesitant about touching anything from Kickstarter. Getting a cheaper price isn't quite the same as buying a product you can have some certainty about. Delayed for years and not supporting the platform you use is not good enough. And here is another dev saying "can't be arsed supporting linux. Too hard".
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