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The Witcher 3 was apparently never planned for Linux

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Sad news again (sorry). Apparently The Witcher 3 was never actually planned for Linux which makes things a bit odd.

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Hmmm, "never were any" huh. Let's have a recap shall we.

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The Witcher 3 was originally confirmed by a big front-page "coming to SteamOS" banner on Steam. This was up for a while, but it got pulled down and no announcement was ever made by Valve or the game developer about it. Everyone went silent on it.

Much later the game was again featured in Steam's big SteamOS sale. At this time I did note it was the only game not to specifically state it on the Steam store page, when all the others confirmed it somehow.

I reached out to both GOG and CD PROJEKT RED each time these happened, and I never got a reply.

I have now personally reached out to GOG for answers, although they never replied to me specifically before. Slightly annoying, as they have replied to a few other random people through emails when asking about it, but never to me directly. I am hoping they are now willing to get it properly cleared up.

This whole situation has been one odd thing after another.

What I imagine, is that it was planned, but was later dropped due to unforeseen issues. The problem here, is as always, the lack of communication. Neither party will want to blame the other, as it will sour business relations. It's likely both Valve and CDPR are at fault for it in some way or another.

The problem here is how utterly incompetent are they (either or both of them) to have it featured twice like this? Especially since the second time was specifically a sale to get people to buy it to play it on SteamOS directly.

The whole thing bloody stinks. I don't like speaking writing like this, but that's my honest opinion on the matter. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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coruun 2 September 2016 at 4:04 pm UTC
Sorry for my lack of insight, but what is the role of GOG, here?
Liam Dawe 2 September 2016 at 4:06 pm UTC
coruunSorry for my lack of insight, but what is the role of GOG, here?
GOG and CDPR (TW3 developer) are part of the same company "CD Projekt".
coeseta 2 September 2016 at 4:08 pm UTC
GOG/CD Project Red are the devs behind Witcher 3

Also sad story but maybe we are lucky and it comes anyways. Would be nice to have it on Linux.


Last edited by coeseta on 2 September 2016 at 4:09 pm UTC
opera 2 September 2016 at 4:09 pm UTC
The Iraqi Information Minister can confirm:

Nepenthes 2 September 2016 at 4:14 pm UTC
omfg
ajgp 2 September 2016 at 4:16 pm UTC
Which stands at odds to a mail I had from cdprojekt stating a steamos version was in planning. Though later statements did walk back on that.
coruun 2 September 2016 at 4:18 pm UTC
liamdaweGOG and CDPR (TW3 developer) are part of the same company "CD Projekt".
coesetaGOG/CD Project Red are the devs behind Witcher 3

Thanks! I didn't know that they are affiliated.
Keyrock 2 September 2016 at 4:18 pm UTC
Reminder: Never Pre-order
Segata Sanshiro 2 September 2016 at 4:18 pm UTC
This is the main reason I never bothered playing The Witcher 2. For starters, the story makes little sense without the first game, and I like story so would want to play that first, but it's not available. Then if I end up really liking the game and want more, I wouldn't want to be in a situation where there's a sequel I can't even play.

With the whole situation though, I wouldn't discount the idea of Valve getting a bit trigger-happy and announcing something that wasn't confirmed fully. Maybe there was a conversation between someone at Valve and at CD Projekt where they said they'd consider a port and Valve added it as confirmed to make the release lineup for Steam Machines look better.

I feel bad for anyone who bought this on sale as a pre-order to play on Linux.
Keyrock 2 September 2016 at 4:19 pm UTC
coruun
liamdaweGOG and CDPR (TW3 developer) are part of the same company "CD Projekt".
coesetaGOG/CD Project Red are the devs behind Witcher 3

Thanks! I didn't know that they are affiliated.
CD Projekt RED owns GOG
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