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Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, previously named Umbra still plans a Linux version

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Good news folks, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem which was previously named Umbra is sitll coming to Linux the developers confirmed to me.

Their email to me today was short, sweet, and to the point:
QuoteHi,
The Linux version of the game is still planned. It just won't be ready for the first alpha release.


I haven't seen them mention Linux for months, so it's nice to see them actually reply to me. Too many developers go silent about Linux.

The game was crowdfunded via Kickstarter some time ago reaching $406,979. Their Kickstarter prominently listed Linux as a platform (even in the title on Kickstarter), so it's pleasing to hear it's still planned.

About the game
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem melds much-loved hack-and-slash gameplay with state-of-the-art graphics, and underpins it all with a truly modern AI. Inspired by the classic Diablo 2 game, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem aims to deliver an intense and rich action RPG game. Personalization of your character build is free, deep and highly customizable, and many secret are hidden in the world.

An isometric open world action-RPG in a corrupted world falling apart. You are a former officer of army of the Human Republic, forced to flee the death penalty because of the magic powers you have unwillingly developed. Being tracked down by humans and hunted by the monsters of the Wild, you are recruited by a mysterious group of Templars. And thus an epic adventure begins in which you will wander the world to fight inhuman, mutated monsters and discover the terrible secret of the extinguishing mankind.
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neowiz73 22 March 2016 at 2:39 pm UTC
looks real promising, at least it's not using Unity, Most of the games in my list I want or like to play are using Unity and each one are having some graphical issues because of similar bugs in Unity.
I haven't seen to many really good hack 'n slash rpgs.
Mountain Man 22 March 2016 at 5:06 pm UTC
neowiz73looks real promising, at least it's not using Unity, Most of the games in my list I want or like to play are using Unity and each one are having some graphical issues because of similar bugs in Unity.
I haven't seen to many really good hack 'n slash rpgs.
I'm glad Diablo III plays as well as it does in Wine, otherwise I'd probably still have Windows installed, but if I could get a native Linux game that is just as good, I'd be very happy. Even better if it has offline play, because as much as I love Diablo III, it still bothers me somewhat that it depends on my ability to connect to Blizzard's servers.


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seven 22 March 2016 at 10:47 pm UTC
me like
neowiz73 23 March 2016 at 1:57 am UTC
Mountain ManI'm glad Diablo III plays as well as it does in Wine, otherwise I'd probably still have Windows installed, but if I could get a native Linux game that is just as good, I'd be very happy. Even better if it has offline play, because as much as I love Diablo III, it still bothers me somewhat that it depends on my ability to connect to Blizzard's servers.

I have Diablo 3 and Torchlight 2, and I've found Torchlight 2 to be a bit more fun because of the extended content from certain mods that add more overall depth to the game. the other nice thing about Torchlight 2 is the toolset runs in wine quite well so modifying content is easy. It's something I enjoy doing as a hobby. But I also like what Blizzard has done with Diablo 3 as far as keeping it going with new content from time to time. So I really enjoy playing both when I have a need for hack 'n slash fun.

I'm honestly surprised we haven't seen to many hack 'n slash type games with the same quality and depth. Torchlight 2 was developed by ex-blizzard employees that worked on Diablo 1 and 2. They didn't want to make Torchlight 3 because they didn't want to compete with Diablo 3... but are also "burnt out" on that sort of game and went on to make Hob for the PS4.

There's still room to grow in the hack 'n slash genre of games... it would be nice to see more based on sci-fi and sci-fi/fantansy mix.
psycho_driver 23 March 2016 at 3:18 am UTC
[quote=neowiz73]
Mountain ManI'm honestly surprised we haven't seen to many hack 'n slash type games with the same quality and depth.

Have you tried Path of Exile? Sadly windows-only but in my opinion it is what Diablo III should have been all along (haven't played D3 in years though).
booman 24 March 2016 at 6:28 pm UTC
I just got my Beta Key today, but windows only. I might run it in PlayOnLinux so I can play it for now, but looking forward to a native port.

I love Path of Exile, Torchlight 2 and Drakensang. Other similar games that run in PlayOnLinux are Drakensang, Titan Quest, Grim Dawn, Sacred and Sacred 2. Wine handles them just fine... well except Grim Dawn. IT worked perfectly until they updated Visual C+ to 2015 version.
Metalfyre 27 March 2016 at 11:22 am UTC
boomanI just got my Beta Key today, but windows only. I might run it in PlayOnLinux so I can play it for now, but looking forward to a native port.


The minimum requirements for Windows states that it uses DirectX11. It is a 64bit application, so you'd need a 64bit prefix and be able to use DirectX11. Now, as far as I know any DX above DX9 will not work properly in Wine. So, how will you be able to play this, even when using PlayOnLinux.

To this date I have never seen anyone who managed to get a Windows based game which needs DX10 or above, to work. So if you find a way, I'd like to know how you managed to get it to work ;-)
booman 27 March 2016 at 9:52 pm UTC
[/quote]To this date I have never seen anyone who managed to get a Windows based game which needs DX10 or above, to work. So if you find a way, I'd like to know how you managed to get it to work ;-)[/quote]Dang, I didn't realize it was a Direct X 11 title. Oh, well... guess I'll be waiting for their Linux binaries. Thanks for the "heads up"
Metalfyre 29 March 2016 at 12:24 pm UTC
boomanDang, I didn't realize it was a Direct X 11 title. Oh, well... guess I'll be waiting for their Linux binaries. Thanks for the "heads up"

No problem.

Well, if we Linux users are anything, or have learned to be, is being patient where it comes to gaming on Linux. Luckily gaming is progressing nicely for the Linux platform. Look at Valve, or Vulkan (and I saw that Wine 1.9.1 staging supports Vulkan now) to name a few examples.

I do hope you managed to get Grim Dawn working again. I had the same problem, but I managed to get it to work


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fingers 2 April 2016 at 8:59 am UTC
There aren't too many good arpgs on Linux. I'll have to check this one out but it's very likely I'll buy it once the Linux support is there.
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