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What Linux games are you looking forward to this year? Here's my top picks

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We're nearly halfway through 2018 now and we've seen some great Linux games getting released. We've had some top titles like RUINER, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Pillars of Eternity II, Vaporum, EVERSPACE, The Station, Deep Sixed, Surviving Mars, Slipstream and so many more.

Here's a few still to be released I have high hopes for, in no particular order:

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Feral Interactive/Deck Nine

As surprising as it is, it's actually reviewed rather well. I was quite torn when I originally heard it would be a prequel, but considering how much I enjoyed playing through the first game I do have some high hopes for something interesting out of this one. Feral Interactive are once again handling the Linux port and their port radar has it in the "Very Soon" section.

Total War: Thrones of Britannia - Feral Interactive/Creative Assembly

Another Linux port coming from Feral Interactive, one that is confirmed to be releasing on Linux next month. I'm not always a big fan of Total War games, but this one is a bit special since it will be all about my home country. They've done quite a lot of changes to the normal formula of Total War too, so I'm quite keen to see if this helps me enjoy it.

Battletech - Harebrained Schemes

As a huge fan of strategy games and a big fan of massive mech units of death, Battletech certainly seems promising. Still sad that the Linux release was delayed, but they did say it was a high priority. Thankfully, we should get the release once all the launch issues have been sorted.

Them's Fightin' Herds - Mane6, Inc.

A 2D fighting game featuring a cast of 4-legged combatants, with designs by Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) it has a story mode as well as local and online multiplayer. Let's hope the Linux port is stable once released.

INSOMNIA: The Ark - Mono Studio

If there's one genre Linux is lacking in quite badly, it's decent 3D RPGs. INSOMNIA: The Ark combines good looking graphics and real-time combat with a post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting that's sure to be a hit with Linux gamers around the globe. 

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass - Croteam

Aaaaaaaah!
Okay, so who doesn't love a good bit of Sam? Stretching it a bit here as we have no idea when it will actually released. Croteam support Linux really well, so another decent shooter is going to be fantastic. It's going to be shown off at E3 this year and I'm very keen to see where Croteam will go with their latest version of the mental shooter series.

We Happy Few - Compulsion Games

An action/adventure game set in a drug-fuelled, post-war retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England. How could I not be excited about such a weird and wondeful sounding game? Linux support is due either at launch or a little while after last I heard. Sounds like it will be one of the most unique single-player survival games around.

DRAG

An off-road racing game with some seriously good-looking models for the vehicles. It will have singleplayer, online multiplayer with splitscreen support, realistic physics and driving mechanics and more.

See here if you don't remember it. I spoke with the developer again recently and they said progress is good, but they decided to make sure it had a bit more work done before releasing it.

Off Grid - Semaeopus

A relatively unknown title compared with my other picks here, but Off Grid promises an interesting take of stealth and hacking with data being your most powerful weapon. It's also completely moddable, so it will be fun to see what people do with it. Hack the planet!

Hypergate - Geoff Nagy

With space battles that look like they would fit into Battlestar Galactica, Hypergate looks like it will be a pretty decent space sim. After playing a lot of EVERSPACE, I'm pretty keen to play some more space shooter sims. With a single-player campaign that will allow you to upgrade you ship, it sounds like a lot of fun.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus - Bulwark Studios

A dark Warhammer setting (not that you can really have a light Warhammer setting), the Imperium and XCOM-like combat. I was sold the moment I saw the first gameplay teaser.

Pathway - Robotality

After being quite impressed with the previous game from Robotality, Halfway, it's going to be fun to see what they do with Pathway. Giving you the option to explore tombs, temples and ruins where each location gives you a new tough choice—it should be rather exciting.

Artifact - Valve

The first of a number of new Valve games! As usual for Valve they will be taking an already well known genre and flip it upside down with their own unique take on it. Taking mechanics and lore from Dota 2, along with a multiple-lane card combat system, it should prove to be rather interesting.

Crazy Justice - Black Riddles Studios

This is likely my number one right now. A third person shooter with single-player, co-op and Battle Royale. I know a few people are torn on this one, but a shooter that promises cross-platform support with PC platforms and various consoles along with giving us a Battle Royale mode—it could end up as something quite special.

 

Those are my current top picks, what are yours?

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evergreen 31 May 2018 at 12:33 pm UTC
Drag seems to be very cool.
My little summer dream would be a No Man's Sky port. The August release is expected to be the game all expected 2 years ago..


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Shmerl 31 May 2018 at 12:40 pm UTC
We Happy Few, The Bard's Tale IV, Underworld Ascendant, Insomina, and fixes in wined3d and dxvk to finally support D3D11 better in Wine.


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hardpenguin 31 May 2018 at 12:57 pm UTC
Insurgency Sandstorm and This Is The Police 2. Both might not have a Linux version at game release, but I hope it won't be too much of a delay before we get those


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Lefl 31 May 2018 at 1:14 pm UTC
Currently waiting for State of Mind...
Nanobang 31 May 2018 at 1:32 pm UTC
My most anticipated from the List de Liam: Insomnia
My most anticipated not on the List de Liam: System Shock

and then a handful of I-don't-know-when-it-might-be-released-but-I-hope-it'll-be-in-2018 games.


Atom RPG
Depth of Extinction
Fort Triumph
Glory Warrior
Lost Satellite
Make Sail
The Padre



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PublicNuisance 31 May 2018 at 1:56 pm UTC
Life is Strange: Before the Storm is my top game for sure. I can't wait for that and will day 1 purchase it from Feral's site when it is available. I am also interested in Serious Sam 4 and INSOMNIA: The Ark from your list. I would like to add We Happy Few but I have little to no confidence a Linux version will be coming out. That game has such as troubled development history at this point I would have doubts even if I were a Windows gamer. As for games not mentioned on the list I am looking forward to that should be out in 2018:

State of Mind:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/437630/State_of_Mind/

Lake of Voices:

https://gbpatch.itch.io/lake-of-voices

Jenny LeClue – Detectivu

https://store.steampowered.com/app/319870/Jenny_LeClue__Detectivu/

Green Mirror:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/553140/Green_Mirror/

Warped Reality:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/604030/Warped_Reality/

A Quiet Mind:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/860930/A_Quiet_Mind/


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Whitewolfe80 31 May 2018 at 2:15 pm UTC
Hypergate looks cool mmm as for any others nothing right now hoping the new Tomb Raider games comes across to linux sooner rather than the standard 2 and bit years wait we have been on. I know people get hyped about indie titles I ve enjoyed a few such as Shovel Knight and most of 11 bit studios games This war of mine etc but for the most part they do nothing for me as am not a fan of rogue likes. I know there are others but there are a lot of pixel rogue likes and if there your jam great and am glad when any game comes to linux its just for me they are not to my taste.

What worries me is that we are half way through the year and we have had one triple A game and it came out on windows 2 years ago that being Tomb Raider this concerns me. I understand we are slowing down and we have been spoilt in the past by rapid-ish in terms of annoucement to release, but one in half a year is concerning looks like we are going to get Hellblade from fereal thats great I just hope they have at least another title or two in the bag for linux this year.


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Keyrock 31 May 2018 at 2:43 pm UTC
The Bard's Tale 4
Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord (Not confirmed for Linux, though their previous games have Linux versions, also not confirmed for 2018)
Kentucky Route Zero (If the 5th and final episode comes out this year)
We Happy Few
Artifact
Jahimself 31 May 2018 at 2:56 pm UTC
Also looking forward to some inidie titles such as last night, dead cells, or timespinner
g000h 31 May 2018 at 2:59 pm UTC
Matching Liam in some of his titles:

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass - definitely
Insomnia: The Ark - definitely
Battletech - maybe
We Happy Few - maybe

I've given up on "The Witcher 3" ever coming to Linux, but haven't given up on other titles.
e.g. I haven't given up all hope on "Shadow Warrior 2" yet, but the very long wait is disconcerting.
(Long waits do have the knock on benefit of large sale discounts, e.g. 60% or more.)

Very looking forward to "Into The Breach" when it finally makes it onto Linux.

Quite interested in "Underworld Ascendant" and how good it will be.

"Arakion: Book One" is just released in Early Access - watching that one.

I don't know if "Kingdom Come: Deliverance" is going to make it to Linux, but fingers-crossed
Another that I doubt will come to Linux, but love it... "Witchfire"... toes-crossed =P

And here are some others I've wish-listed:

EITR
Stoneshard
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem - when the Linux port comes out
Bum Simulator
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