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2D action adventure 'Unsung Warriors' has an expanded Prologue along with a Kickstarter
16 January 2019 at 7:07 pm UTC

I played this on Itch last year in October, offered to do an article on GOL, only for Liam to note that he'd covered two weeks previously and I'd somehow missed the article!

It's really excellent. Wholeheartedly recommended! The whole offhand weapon mechanic gives it a nice tactical feel too - shortsword and shield? Or shortsword and bow/knives? Or two handed weapon, so no bow and no shield? Great fun, seriously - give it a try.

Rogue Empire, a dungeon-crawling RPG is leaving Early Access later this month with Linux support
14 January 2019 at 8:34 am UTC

I dunno, this looks like a modernised Tales of Maj'Eyal... I'm very interested! Looking forward to their release.

Free public Itch alpha of space shooter Gravity Ace is up for grabs
13 January 2019 at 7:38 pm UTC

dpanterI was thinking this looks really familiar and reminds me of another game, but it is probably just me re-remembering this exact game again...

The developer has been posting screenshots and gifs of his work for some months. Maybe that's what you saw.

Epic and Improbable are taking advantage of Unity with the SpatialOS debacle, seems a little planned
12 January 2019 at 2:50 pm UTC Likes: 1

damag
Quotefund to help developers transition to more open engines, services, and ecosystems.
That's kind of deceitful. Unreal Engine is "source available" proprietary software and Epic could change the terms any time they'd like, just like Unity did. Then again didn't Tim Sweeney also call MS Windows an open ecosystem and then start complaining when he realized it wasn't?

Actually, he just redefined (in his head) what an "open system" is meant to mean. I try to be respectful, always, but I have no time for that guy.

Epic and Improbable are taking advantage of Unity with the SpatialOS debacle, seems a little planned
11 January 2019 at 12:20 pm UTC Likes: 16

Since Unity do go to some lengths to support Linux, while Epic pay the barest of lip service, I know which engine I'd rather "wins" here. Plus, Tim Sweeney - urgh. Constantly flapping his gums about Microsoft not playing nice... and then they pull this stunt.

Not that Unity are angels, as the article notes. But still.

One Step From Eden, an action-packed deck-building roguelike plans Linux support (updated)
10 January 2019 at 6:56 pm UTC Likes: 1

It honestly looks a little frantic! I'm not sure I need that kind of stress in my life!

Fruit Tower Defense might not look like much but it's surprisingly good
9 January 2019 at 1:31 pm UTC

Reminds me of Bloons TD5 now that I see it in action (and not just a screenshot). And that's good news, because Bloons TD 6 has just been released and instead of supporting Linux for the win, they've actually dropped Mac support and are now fully Windows-only. Urgh. Their model is mobile-first anyway, but still, I held out some hope of playing it.

I'll pick this up for definite.

Paradox Interactive have purchased the rights to Prison Architect from Introversion
9 January 2019 at 10:25 am UTC Likes: 4

emphy
scaine
pbSo much for free updates, welcome a swarm of dlc.

That wouldn't be a bad thing. If you're happy with the value you got from the game's purchase, fine, just ignore the DLC. If you loved the game and would welcome more features and expansion, this is great news.

Unless you wanted all those extras for free...? In which case, I have no words!

Up to now, all updates to the PC version of PA have had those extras for free. Introversion's way of supporting games after release is fundamentally different from that of paradox. Crudely stated: Introversion has provided extra value for money, whilst paradox is always trying to sell you more stuff.

And to be clear, Introversion's way of supporting their title after release is completely unsustainable. People have to eat and pay rent/mortgage and giving away free content updates for years after release doesn't bring in any new money, beyond perhaps a trickle of sales.

I'm not defending Paradox's aggressive DLC model, but to expect extra content for nothing is just in my opinion a bit naive or, worse, entitled.

I think we can agree that Introversion are awesome people though. They went above and beyond, particularly on this title.

Paradox Interactive have purchased the rights to Prison Architect from Introversion
8 January 2019 at 7:38 pm UTC Likes: 5

pbSo much for free updates, welcome a swarm of dlc.

That wouldn't be a bad thing. If you're happy with the value you got from the game's purchase, fine, just ignore the DLC. If you loved the game and would welcome more features and expansion, this is great news.

Unless you wanted all those extras for free...? In which case, I have no words!

First-person base-building survival game 'Volcanoids' is making great progress on a Linux version
8 January 2019 at 7:20 pm UTC Likes: 1

KimyrielleThat's a really pretty game for an Indie! This kind of quality you rarely see outside of a big-budget production. Shame it's first person only, though. Seems to be a genre issue. Not sure why it's so much asked for to give people the option to draw their character on the screen...

Conversely, I'm not a fan of third person. I feel that it breaks the immersion. There aren't many games where I've thought that it works. I do like to see my legs in first person though, when I look down. Ever since Mirror's Edge, any first person game that doesn't give me legs irritates me irrationally.

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