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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III releasing for Linux on June 8th

Posted by , 19 May 2017 at 10:29 am UTC / 7262 views
Feral Interactive have announced now that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III [Steam] is coming to Linux on June 8th!


You can visit the minisite here (the correct link), but their site seems to be having a few issues. The link in the tweet doesn't work and the minisite claims it's "out now".

Sadly, it seems multiplayer is only macOS and Linux, with no support with playing with Windows gamers, which means the multiplayer will again be limited. Even so, I'm still excited and will likely resume my weekly livestreams with someone from Feral like I did with Dawn of War II. Even if Feral won't do weekly games for it, I likely will arrange something to get the community going for it. If you're interested.

Dawn of War III will be available through the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99/£39.99/59,99€. It seems there will be no release-day sale for the Linux version.

David Stephen, Managing Director, Feral InteractiveWe’re delighted to bring such a hugely anticipated game to macOS and Linux. Dawn of War III’s epic single-player campaign and visceral multiplayer combine to deliver an exhilarating experience on a vast scale.

They have a trailer up now too:
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kit89 19 May 2017 at 4:51 pm UTC

I look forward to picking this up.

Deterministic floating-point calculations is an exceptionally difficult task and near impossible to guarantee.

Though deterministic fp can be done it is CPU intensive, for most user needs absolutely accurate calculations are not required, they can be 0.0000001 off, however two users playing the same game but getting slightly different results create a cascade of problems.

That minor variance could mean the difference between an NPC turning left or right, dieing and surviving.

If I was a betting man, I would say that different compilers are being used. For Windows it most likely the MS compiler & for Mac/Linux I'd say the GCC/G++.

Different compilers will compile the fp calculations into different assembly instructions which will result in these variations.

My guess is that Feral does not maintain the Windows branch & so any modifications needed to ensure parity is down to Sega and Relic.


rustybroomhandle 19 May 2017 at 5:30 pm UTC

I have a great solution for the non-cross-platform-multiplayer woes. Get your friends to all install Linux.


NovenTheHero 19 May 2017 at 6:08 pm UTC

Jahimself
QuoteQuake Champions is not self Vulkanized , it is DX11. Also it is a F2P title , so how can you expect to Feral make money on that?

Before that , we need Doom on Linux natively.

It will be using doom's vulkan engine part, so it must be opengl at the moment. And I'm pretty sure linux community would buy the full game as a support if Feral was doing the port. Zenimax has dropped support on linux in quake 3 and quake live, but we need at least one quake game on linux, as it use to be the rule under Carmack era. I'm pretty sure it would be easily doable as doom without denuvo can run as fast as windows.

Quake 4 has a linux build. I have it installed.


PJ 19 May 2017 at 6:45 pm UTC

great and bad news at the same time. Awesome as I really want to try this game. Bad as no multi-system multiplayer kills a lot of charm (would be willing to get it only with a massive discount with -nix only multiplayer). Otherwise I'd be willing to try risk getting it , even though DoW2 port didn't work on my workstation (no matter supported or unsupported distro has been installed).


liamdawe 19 May 2017 at 7:01 pm UTC

PJgreat and bad news at the same time. Awesome as I really want to try this game. Bad as no multi-system multiplayer kills a lot of charm (would be willing to get it only with a massive discount with -nix only multiplayer). Otherwise I'd be willing to try risk getting it , even though DoW2 port didn't work on my workstation (no matter supported or unsupported distro has been installed).
Interesting, did you email Feral support? DOW2 is one Linux title I've never had an issue with loading.


PJ 19 May 2017 at 7:34 pm UTC

liamdaweInteresting, did you email Feral support? DOW2 is one Linux title I've never had an issue with loading.

yeah, and it seems they gave up after a while. Initially they suggested trying a supported distro (I think Ubuntu 16.04), but that didn't help at all. The game launches, but just after the mission loads it hangs up (no crash, thus no crash report).
But to give them a bit of credit I humbly admit my workstation is a bit less common setup - dual Xeon workstation I use for rendering and my 3d modelling.
I'd still love to play DoW2, but at this time I don't have my hopes up.


mirv 19 May 2017 at 7:38 pm UTC
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liamdaweInteresting, did you email Feral support? DOW2 is one Linux title I've never had an issue with loading.

yeah, and it seems they gave up after a while. Initially they suggested trying a supported distro (I think Ubuntu 16.04), but that didn't help at all. The game launches, but just after the mission loads it hangs up (no crash, thus no crash report).
But to give them a bit of credit I humbly admit my workstation is a bit less common setup - dual Xeon workstation I use for rendering and my 3d modelling.
I'd still love to play DoW2, but at this time I don't have my hopes up.

The only thing I could try in a similar circumstance was disable bits & pieces of audio (for me it was speech). Same symptom: just after the first mission loads, it crashes. I didn't think it'd be a problem for a supported distro, but it's worth a try.


Purple Library Guy 19 May 2017 at 7:39 pm UTC

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cRaZy-bisCuiT.. but better have no port at all than a only partly functioning one..

I wholeheartedly disagree dude, I've been hoping for a Linux version since it was first announced. People can still enjoy the single player campaign and multiplayer with Linux and Mac, it's not like the lobbies will be empty. I do see your point that's its a shame we can't join matches with our Windows friends, but no reason not to release the game.

.. Maybe it's a good excuse to get them to switch to a better OS

I was going to say--they'll just have to dual-boot Linux, that's all there is to it. Well, makes sense. I mean, for me to dual-boot Windows I'd have to, like, buy it, and the install would be painful and probably try to wipe my Linux partition and stuff. Whereas for a Windows person to add a Linux partition is free, and a breeze unless it's like Slackware or something.


PJ 19 May 2017 at 8:33 pm UTC

mirvThe only thing I could try in a similar circumstance was disable bits & pieces of audio (for me it was speech). Same symptom: just after the first mission loads, it crashes. I didn't think it'd be a problem for a supported distro, but it's worth a try.

Interesting you mention audio. I fondly remember that during the benchmark, after the progress bar loaded up I've heard some orc/gretchin mumbling and then the game would hang up (as mentioned not crash, but freeze).
Just to make sure - do you mean disabling audio options in the DoW2 settings panel? Or something on a system level?


mirv 19 May 2017 at 8:58 pm UTC
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mirvThe only thing I could try in a similar circumstance was disable bits & pieces of audio (for me it was speech). Same symptom: just after the first mission loads, it crashes. I didn't think it'd be a problem for a supported distro, but it's worth a try.

Interesting you mention audio. I fondly remember that during the benchmark, after the progress bar loaded up I've heard some orc/gretchin mumbling and then the game would hang up (as mentioned not crash, but freeze).
Just to make sure - do you mean disabling audio options in the DoW2 settings panel? Or something on a system level?

For me it was enough in the DoW2 settings panel. The game sure isn't fun without audio, but....well, it _can_ be played.
As a last ditch effort, the game runs well through wine on single player. I normally don't advocate that when a native version is available, but if you can't get it running any other way then there's not a whole lot of choice.


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