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Build a transportation empire with Transport Fever 2 out now, same-day support for Linux:

Tags: New Release, Humble Store, GOG, Steam, Strategy, Simulation

Urban Games and Good Shepherd Entertainment are back, with Transport Fever 2 now officially available with same-day support for Linux.

With a wide variety of transportation options available to build across multiple generations, there’s a huge amount of content included. Prepare to kiss your time and friendships goodbye as we’ve got another great time-sink on our hands.

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Transport Fever 2 is a stylish transportation tycoon sim that gives you quite a lot of freedom to let your creative side flow. This is especially true thanks to the massively improved terrain shaping tools available to you, with the coastline and water no longer being a hard immovable border. You can now shape the terrain through the water, to completely change the shape or remove it all entirely.

Lots of other smaller touches made me appreciate Transport Fever 2 a lot more than the first game. For example, in the Free Play mode you now get a mini-map of what your random map generation will look like, with the ability to tweak more until you’re happy.

They had a good foundation with Transport Fever and this second version builds upon it in a way that doesn’t drastically change the experience but does make it feel a lot more worthwhile. It also looks awesome when you progress through it thanks to the improved graphics too. I just wish they did something with map borders, as they’re just a hard edge.

Sadly, the one big thing I was worried about simply hasn’t been solved for the second game. The performance while you’re placing tracks and buildings is not good, with my i7-5960X/2080Ti dropping down noticeably hard. This is not a Linux issue though, even on Windows 10 it suffers the same exact problems.

Whatever calculations the game is doing when building, it eats away at it. Turning off the forced VSync can certainly help smoothen it out a little, but they chose to hide this setting so you can only do it in the configuration file found in your root Steam folder like:

~/.steam/root/userdata/*steamid*/1066780/local/settings.lua

In the settings.lua file, change vsync to “false” and you should have a better time with it but the developer really needs to work on that performance. Thankfully, it’s only an issue when building.

Feature Highlight:

  • Experience the greatest logistical challenges from 1850 to today across three unique story campaigns featuring voiceovers and cutscenes.
  • Let your creativity run wild through giant sandbox maps in free play mode.
  • Choose from over 200 realistically modeled vehicles from Europe, America and Asia, including trains, buses, streetcars, trucks, aircraft and ships, plus modular stations, airports and harbors.
  • Track and manage your booming empire’s rise with intuitive construction tools and dynamic economy, transportation and city simulation systems.
  • Choose from a diverse array of natural ecosystems, all rendered in exquisite detail.
  • Create and share your own worlds, missions, landscapes, vehicles and more with the in-game map
    editor and extensive modding tools via Steam Workshop.

I find that Transport Fever 2 is made for people who just love to build, then sit back and watch all the moving parts. That’s what I end up doing anyway, zooming the camera around to just take it all in. Well, that and people with a keen mind for finances because you have to keep your business going. You start small, gradually expand as you ferry various supplies around and hopefully stay out of the red. As a sequel, it does the job nicely.

They’re offering a 10% discount until January 3rd. If you own the previous game, you also get an additional discount towards Transport Fever 2 to boost it up to 25% off. That’s quite a big discount for a brand new game. Available on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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Another Steam Beta is out, updates the Linux Runtime to help Steam Play Proton:

Tags: Steam, Apps, Beta, Update

Quite a small update to the Steam Beta recently, but for some Linux gamers using Steam Play Proton it might be a rather helpful one.

The new Library got tweaked a little again, now allowing for Family Sharing of tools, Valve also fixed new categories created in small mode or Big Picture mode not being properly saved when switching to normal mode and recently played but disallowed by Family View games not appearing in the Recent Games shelf when Family View is enabled on startup.

Remote Play Together got a tweak as well, to actually allow it to be used in conjunction with Family Sharing.

Specifically for Linux, the Steam Runtime got a gnutls update “to support Proton”. As I understand it, that’s one of the packages that people needed up to date to get Halo: The Master Chief Collection working properly with Steam Play Proton on Linux. On top of that, there’s been “further improvements to steam-runtime-system-info”.

Find the announcement here.

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Get Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut FREE in the GOG Winter Sale, lots of Linux games going cheaps:

Tags: Free Game, DRM-Free, Game Sale, GOG

Is there seriously another big sale going on already? Yep! This time it comes with a FREE game too. GOG are offering Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut at no cost.

Firstly then, the Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut Digital Classic Edition going FREE on GOG which also comes with Wasteland 1: The Original Classic so you’re getting two games for nothing here. That should keep you busy enough through the colder Winter nights.

Something GOG don’t do often is a bundle of games where you get a bigger discount, if you buy more. This is back with the 2019 Indie Gems Bundle so you could pick up titles like Indivisible, DUSK, Pathway (and more) to save some extra cash when picking them up together. GOG also have a Paradox Interactive Bundle, allowing you to do the same. Before you decide on that one though, it may be worth comparing with the Humble Paradox Bundle first.

Want a helping hand at picking a new game? Here’s some top-quality indie games going cheap:

Perhaps you’re after some classics that were revamped and given new life with updated versions and Linux support? These are also cheap and good:

Additionally, GOG Connect is back with new games for you to redeem a free GOG copy if you own them on Steam. Games included: DUSK, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Through the Ages and Galaxy Trucker – always handy to get an additional DRM-free backup.

See all the Linux games on sale at GOG using this link. The sale will continue on until January 2, 2020.

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Action-RPG platform shooter Bite the Bullet is going to have some really crazy weapons:

Tags: Action, RPG, Steam, Indie Game, Upcoming, Platformer

Mega Cat Studios previously showed how eating enemies in Bite the Bullet would power you up, now they’re talking about the varied weapons you get to play with.

As a huge fan of Broforce and other such crazy action platformers, Bite the Bullet is high up on my list of games coming out next year. We shouldn’t be waiting too long on it, with it due in the first quarter of 2020. To show it off a little more, Mega Cat Studios have a new video talking about all the weapons and some of them are pretty crazy. Take a look:

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One thing that’s clear from the video, is that they really need to sort that camera out. The constantly flicking between left and right so forcefully makes it a bit disorientating. They’re going to need to tone that down a bit, too distracting and it’s not as if it gives you much extra view either side when it does it. Apart from that, Bite the Bullet is shaping up to be quite an expansive and explosive run and gun RPG-platformer that’s arriving with Linux support next year.

Quick feature highlight:

  • Devour enemies to powerup your character, weapons, and abilities!
  • Choose between diet-based classes, like the vegetarian Slaughter of the Soil or the blood-soaked Gorivore!
  • Chow down on everything – enemies, walls, even bullets!
  • Blast or eat your way through powerful enemies like Goo Behemoths and Mutant Hamster Squirrels!
  • Loot powerful weapons with fun modifiers, like Spicy Critter Cannons and Organic Meat-Seeking Missiles!
  • Craft exotic new weapons by wolfing down special types of characters and enemies!
  • Customize your character with synergistic skill trees that offer abilities like Napalm Vomit and Appetite for Destruction!

You can wishlist and follow Bite the Bullet on Steam.

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Hellpoint, the dark sci-fi action RPG from Cradle Games now launching in 2020 with new details:

Tags: Action, RPG, Steam, Upcoming

Cradle Games recently put out some fresh exciting details for Hellpoint, their upcoming crowdfunded dark sci-fi action RPG.

Firstly, it seems the release has been pushed back a while. They were aiming for this year but they’re just not going to hit it. They’ve been going through console certification, along with doing regular updates to the PC Beta and they’re now saying it’s going to be sometime in “Q1 2020” for Hellpoint’s release.

The latest video talking about it was a developer diary back in August, which is quite a while to not get any new info. Thankfully, they did just recently put up a news post on Steam finally going into some brief details about the main character and it sounds very interesting:

You are a Spawn: a 3D-printed organism, an artificial human being. You were granted a life, yet not a consciousness, by your creators. With a blank mind, you venture through Irid Novo, an ancient asteroid mining facility turned into a space station, seeking answers. Why are you here? What is your purpose?

Also mentioned in the update are Breaches, “tears in the very fabric of time and space that interconnect parallel universes”. They seem to act like both a spawn point and a fast travel system, while also allowing you to alter enemy difficulty / loot grade and save your progress. There is going to be a progression system too, so you can upgrade your character with 8 different skills. It was also confirmed in a Steam comment that there’s some customization in too, with different armour sets.

When speaking to Cradle Games earlier this year, they confirmed Linux support was still happening. You can wishlist and follow it on Steam.

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Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown are out, completing the series:

Tags: Action, Platformer, Retro, Adventure, New Release

Starting off with a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign back in 2013 and growing into a massive multi-part 8-bit inspired world, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove now finally finished. Note: Keys provided by GOG.com to us.

Originally having a goal of $75,000 and a Linux/macOS stretch goal at $130,000 it proved to be popular ending on $311,491. It’s taken six years for Yacht Club Games to get here starting with Shovel of Hope, followed by Plague of Shadows in 2015, Specter of Torment in 2017, and now King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown in 2019. The wait was firmly worth it as the saga is really worth playing! They haven a big new trailer covering all of it to celebrate the final releases:

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Should you pick up Shovel Knight? It’s pretty much a modern-retro classic—so yes, absolutely. I’ve been having tons of fun battling in Showdown. Taking the characters from the series, with the fun mix of mechanics and the responsive platforming controls that Yacht Club Games have basically perfected and putting them into a platform fighter works very well.

You can buy the whole saga together in the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove package on GOG, Humble Store and Steam. You don’t need to buy either King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown if you already own Treasure Trove, as it’s a free update which is great. Each store also has the individual parts available, if you prefer the standalone stuff.

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Survival Mode in The Long Dark just got a lot bigger with the ERRANT PILGRIM update:

Tags: Survival, Unity, Indie Game, Humble Store, Steam, Update

As promised, Hinterland Studio have released a huge update to the Survival Mode side of The Long Dark named ERRANT PILGRIM.

It brings in a whole new region to explore, Bleak Inlet. Once a home to a thriving industrial Cannery, seismic activity cut-off Bleak Inlet from the rest of the Great Bear mainland. Exploring is not for the faint of heart, being Timberwolf territory but the treasures contained in the industrial complex may just be enough to warrant the journey.

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Also introduced is another Challenge Mission with “As the Dead Sleep”, which involves visiting a bunch of graves in what Hinterland say is the “harshest Challenge yet”.

Some big new gameplay mechanics also arrived, giving you the ability to now assemble your own ammunition with the right supplies at an Ammunition Workbench. All the raw materials needed to make ammunition have been added into The Long Dark like lead, sulfur and everything else needed to make gunpowder and shell casing. You can also do a bit of smithing to fix up old and ruined weapons.

You can also now break down Campfire rings and Emergency Shelters, if you’re really desperate.

You can pick up The Long Dark from Humble Store and Steam.

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Do you hear an odd buzzing sound? Minecraft 1.15 is out with a new friend:

Tags: Sandbox, New Release, Family Friendly, Exploration, Open World

Mojang just released the stable Minecraft 1.15 build with a new stripey friend, the Buzzy Bee and a bunch of new blocks.

Even though it’s not technically a major update and small in comparison to some previous, it’s still quite feature-filled. There’s now bees, bee nests and beehvies, honey blocks, a honey bottle, honeycomb and honeycomb blocks.

Want to find them? Keep an eye out for a lot of flowers and I do mean a lot. I searched for ages, then suddenly came into a huge area populated by tons of different flowers and there they were.

Iron Golems got a bit of love this update too. When they’re damaged, they will begin to crack! Don’t fret though, you’re large friends can be repaired now with iron ingots. Also in this release are a few small accessibility tweaks, like the sneak and sprint inputs being possible to switch between hold and toggle.

Mojang are also going for a bit of version parity by pulling in multiple things from other versions into the Java build like trying to sleep in a bed during daytime will now set the player’s spawn location to that bed, sponges now dry out when placed in the Nether, Parrots can sit on a player’s shoulder even when the player is riding and more little adjustments. Find the full release announcement here.

While it’s quite a sweet update, I’m personally waiting on the big Nether update they teased during MINECON earlier this year.

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The Humble Paradox Management Bundle just launched, great deal for Linux gamers:

Tags: Game Bundle, Humble Store, Paradox Interactive

The Humble Paradox Management Bundle just launched and it’s a really great selection of games that’s available for Linux.

In the lowest $1 tier you can get:

  • Prison Architect
  • Prison Architect – Aficionado
  • Cities in Motion
  • Cities in Motion 2

Want more? If you pay more than the current average you also unlock:

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Cities: Skylines – Content Creator Pack: European Suburbia
  • Cities: Skylines – Green Cities
  • Cities: Skylines – Synthetic Dawn Radio
  • Cities in Motion: US Cities
  • Cities in Motion: Tokyo
  • Cities in Motion: German Cities
  • Cities in Motion 2: European Cities

The top tier at $18 (about £13.68) will give you:

  • Surviving Mars – Deluxe Edition
  • Cities: Skylines – Industries
  • Surviving Mars: Space Race
  • Surviving Mars: Green Planet
  • Surviving Mars: Project Laika

I’m a big fan of Prison Architect, Cities: Skylines and Surviving Mars and think they’re all games well worth playing. Absolutely tons of replay value even without any of the DLC.

Check the Humble Paradox Management Bundle here.

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Microsoft Teams is now available on Linux:

Tags: Apps, New Release, Microsoft

Available in public preview, Microsoft just added Linux support for their unified communication and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams.

Starting today, Microsoft Teams is available for Linux users in public preview, enabling high quality collaboration experiences for the open source community at work and in educational institutions. Users can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats here. We are constantly improving based on community feedback, so please download and submit feedback based on your experience.

The Microsoft Teams client is the first Office app that is coming to Linux desktops, and will support all of Teams’ core capabilities. Teams is the hub for teamwork that brings together chat, video meetings, calling, and collaboration on Office 365 documents and business processes within a single, integrated experience.

Marissa Salazar, Microsoft

This isn’t just appearing out of nowhere though, Microsoft has been working with select companies (like Volvo Cars) over the course of a few months with the Linux client of Teams. It seems there was enough interest to bring it over to Linux. Sounds like a similar story with Unity, when they officially announced the Linux Editor being in Preview a few months ago due to increasing demand. You can find the official announcement here.

Not gaming news of course but we do often cover lots of Linux-related cool stuff. It’s good to see Microsoft begin to slowly change and accept Linux, even using it themselves and integrating it into Windows with the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Heck, even their new web browser Edge is going to be coming to Linux. Every step like this, brings down another barrier for developers of all kinds using Linux, don’t underestimate the importance of it.

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