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For those watching any of the E3 livestreams, you might have noticed that We Happy Few [Official Site] developer Compulsion Games has joined Microsoft as a Microsoft Studio. Thankfully, We Happy Few is still coming to Linux.

As soon as I got back to my desk, I opened my inbox to see a number of worried readers. Naturally, I was also concerned. So I spoke with the developer shortly after about continuing Linux support, they told me this (quoted with permission):

Hey Liam

Yes, We Happy Few is still coming to Linux. Sorry for causing your readers concern! 

Cheers
Sam

In regards to a release date, they said this to me:

We have a build working internally but we haven't announced a Linux date yet. It'll be coming to Steam and GOG.

Really good news, a game I'm personally very excited to try as it looks simply incredible. Easily one of the best looking games thats coming out this year.

Since you're here, check out the newest trailer released today:

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nijiwar 11 June 2018 at 3:12 pm UTC
ShmerlSilence means they messed up and don't want to talk about it. But it says nothing about what else they can decide.
Ah irony , DRM free , but only for $S and $M
The bigger you get , less you care for little peasants
Comandante Ñoñardo 11 June 2018 at 5:51 pm UTC
Well.. Mark of the Ninja has the Microsoft Studios signature, and is available for Linux anyway...
Tiedemann 11 June 2018 at 6:06 pm UTC
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Some time in the future we will be so incredibly fortunate that we can use a MS account to log on to github, then we can use the same account to log on to the MS store and buy games to run them on Linux. I'm scared.

Anyway, I really look forward to this game. It looks great and crazy enough to be interesting.
stan 11 June 2018 at 7:21 pm UTC
As Tiedemann just said, this trailer looks great! I’m glad it will come to GOG for Linux. BUT the trailer doesn’t show gameplay… I hope it will be good.
14 11 June 2018 at 10:15 pm UTC
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RetrogamerWoah, Microsoft is on a buying spree as of late.
Might mean that their existing products and services are not growing.
14 11 June 2018 at 10:23 pm UTC
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TiedemannSome time in the future we will be so incredibly fortunate that we can use a MS account to log on to github, then we can use the same account to log on to the MS store and buy games to run them on Linux. I'm scared.

Anyway, I really look forward to this game. It looks great and crazy enough to be interesting.
Even though I am also scared, think of this as well:
- Look at Visual Studio Code. It's open sourced and it runs on Linux. Granted, this product is not a game.
- If MS store games really did work on Linux, then we wouldn't have much reason to dislike MS DRM any more than Steam DRM.
edenist 11 June 2018 at 11:55 pm UTC
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LeopardThat silence means NO.

Silence means they messed up and don't want to talk about it. But it says nothing about what else they can decide.

Didn't they come out a few years back [when talking about the linux port of Witcher 2] and basically say that the caustic attitude of the linux community put them off wanting to do future linux versions?
No commentary here personally about the veracity of those claims, but I do recall that was their position and that point wrote off any expectations of future titles on linux.
Shmerl 12 June 2018 at 12:55 am UTC
edenistDidn't they come out a few years back [when talking about the linux port of Witcher 2] and basically say that the caustic attitude of the linux community put them off wanting to do future linux versions?

I don't think they ever commented on their failed Linux plans publicly and on how it affects their future games specifically. The only one speaking about it was former Virtual Programming developer Peter Mullholand, who left VP at that time already, so it was his personal opinion rather CDPR's position on it.


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edenist 12 June 2018 at 1:28 am UTC
ShmerlI don't think they ever commented on their failed Linux plans publicly and on how it affects their future games specifically. The only one speaking about it was former Virtual Programming developer Peter Mullholand, who left VP at that time already, so it was his personal opinion rather CDPR's position on it.

Yes, you are correct that CDPR never commented publicly. But the statements from the ex-DP developer seemed to indicate their [CDPR] position. His statements also don't read like a disgruntled rant, but rather [unfortunately] likely an accurate assessment of the situation.
Shmerl 12 June 2018 at 2:06 am UTC
Firstly, I'm not sure how correct his statement is. Many brought quite solid counter arguments to his claims. Secondly, we can't really make conclusions on their future plans from that. Things can change same way they changed last time.


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