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Development on the new System Shock has been p…

Development on the new System Shock has been paused:

Tags: Editorial, Crowdfunding

Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios has written up a post on the System Shock reboot Kickstarter, to state that development has been paused. Pretty strange, considering how positive their post was in January…

I won’t quote all of it, just the parts that aren’t rambling:

Maybe we were too successful. Maybe we lost our focus. The vision began to change. We moved from a Remaster to a completely new game. We shifted engines from Unity to Unreal, a choice that we don’t regret and one that has worked out for us. With the switch we began envisioning doing more, but straying from the core concepts of the original title.
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The more that we worked on the game, the more that we wanted to do, and the further we got from the original concepts that made System Shock so great.

Changing engine wouldn’t have been a quick thing to do, so they lost time with that. Then it just all reads like they kept wanting to add more and more and lost all real focus on what exactly they were making. Sounds like a classic case of feature-creep to me, too little focus.

He does say very clearly it’s not cancelled, just that they’re taking a break:

I have put the team on a hiatus while we reassess our path so that we can return to our vision. We are taking a break, but NOT ending the project. Please accept my personal assurance that we will be back and stronger than ever. System Shock is going to be completed and all of our promises fulfilled.  

So it’s going to take longer, let’s just all be glad it’s not another time I’m having to write about Linux specifically being delayed or cancelled.

This is probably going to sting a little for the people that pledged to it, having the CEO of a respected developer come along basically saying they all screwed up. Could this be the next Duke Nukem Forever? I joke of course, but there’s a fair few unhappy backers making themselves known. They had some pretty high pledge levels too, it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens here.

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Wine 3.2 released with gamepad improvements an…

Wine 3.2 released with gamepad improvements and more Direct3D work:

Tags: Wine

Wine 3.2 officially released today and it comes with some interesting improvements, which I’m sure many will appreciate.

Here’s the official noted highlights:

  • Separate implementation of USER controls for ComCtl32 v6.
  • Multisample texture support in Direct3D.
  • Support for HID gamepads.
  • More event support in MSHTML.
  • Obsolete DOS code removed.
  • Various bug fixes.

In regards to bug fixes, the Wine team noted 34 bugs as fixed. These include improvements to running Indiana Jones and The Emperor’s Tomb, The Witness, Hearthstone, System Shock and more.

Some better support for gamepads I’m sure will be welcome by many, the better experience people get from running older games in Wine the easier a transition it will be for people coming to Linux. That’s what I think anyway, Wine can be useful for those who don’t want to lose access to older games.

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Friday Livestream with Samsai at 6 PM UTC!

Friday Livestream with Samsai at 6 PM UTC!:

Tags: Livestream

Hello there! Friday has graced us with its presence yet again, so a celebratory Friday Livestream is definitely in order! So, get your snacks and viewing devices ready of some live Linux gaming!

Livestream here: http://www.twitch.tv/gamingonlinux

For tonight’s stream I have a set of stuff, that has come down the release pipes in the past week or so. We are going to start with a rather trippy-looking rogueli(te|ke) called HyperRogue which is set in a non-Euclidian environment. Secondly, we are going to play some In Celebration of Violence, which we covered on a stream when the game was in Early Access. I quite liked it and I am interested in seeing how it plays in its definitive 1.0 state. Finally, Deep Sixed, a roguelike space sim (I think there might be an unintended theme this stream) was released on the 12th and I’ve had a copy for a while so let’s go and check it out!

Finally, as you might expect, we will indeed be continuing our wacky western adventures in West of Loathing. Spittoons, here I come!

Hopefully you will enjoy tonight’s gaming menu and may you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Dungeons 2 is currently free on GOG and their …

Dungeons 2 is currently free on GOG and their sale is still going on:

Tags: GOG, Free Game, Game Sale

If you need a new game for the weekend, a quick tip here is that Dungeons 2 is currently free on GOG. Always nice to have another game to play, even better when you don’t have to pay for it.

They also still have their own sale going on. During this sale, GOG has been renewing special “Flash Deals” every few hours that are limited-time cheap games, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their store for what comes up.

I already did a highlight of some interesting games to take a look at on GOG recently, but here’s a few more available on GOG that are likely worth a look. 

As a reminder, you can follow Linux games on sale on our Sales Page. Also GOG links are affiliate links.

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Once Upon A Coma, a story driven adventure gam…

Once Upon A Coma, a story driven adventure game from the creator of Pinstripe:

Tags: Adventure, Crowdfunding, Coming Soon, Steam, GOG

Once Upon A Coma, a new story-driven adventure game from the creator of the rather good Pinstripe is currently on Kickstarter and it looks brilliant. It’s already about to hit the funding goal of $28,000 with 29 days left still to go, so it looks like it will easily happen.

Not that I’ve heard or played it, but it’s actually a standalone sequel to an old game called ‘Coma’. Originally planned as a HD remake, they instead decided to make a full-on sequel, although you don’t need to have played Coma to enjoy this at all.

From the Kickstarter:

After Pete wakes from a strange coma, he discovers things aren’t exactly as he remembers. His home-town is overrun with naughty children, and the grown-ups have vanished.

Take a look at the trailer:

Considering they fully plan to support Linux and they did with their previous game, I think this is a safe bet to help fund.

The current plan is to release the game in “Fall 2018” on Steam, GOG and GameJolt, as the developer said it’s about 50% done already. They’ve teamed up with Serenity Forge to help make it happen, with Erik Coburn programming while Thomas Brush does the art, story, and so on.

Thanks for the tip, Przemko!

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Scare people with your own voice in ‘Boo! Gree…

Scare people with your own voice in ‘Boo! Greedy Kid’, releasing next week:

Tags: Coming Soon, Indie Game, Steam, Puzzle, Action

Boo! Greedy Kid [Steam] is a game about a boy with an unhealthy soda addiction that’s wreaking havoc in order to obtain more of the good stuff. You can also use your own voice in the game to scare people.

Sounds highly amusing and it will release with Linux support next week on February 22nd, check out the trailer:

I love the idea, but I would feel pretty silly screaming at fictional characters in a game, although it might be a good stress reliever…thankfully it is an optional feature.

Features:

  • Use your own voice to scare people! Boo! (Controllers are fine too).
  • Play it sneaky, hide behind furniture and dodge the five-o running after you.
  • Setup strategies and distract characters by twerking your greedy butt.
  • Complete one hundred levels of money grabbing and get the best soda.
  • Build and share your own hellish levels with the level editor and Steam Workshop support.

Even better, is that I tweeted to the developer my delight in seeing it come to Linux and they replied with this:

Yes! Our tools are cross-platform, so you can always expect Linux support from us on day 1.

Excellent stuff. I look forward to more from Flying Oak Games (who also made NeuroVoider).

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The crazy action game ‘Bleed 2’ now has an End…

The crazy action game ‘Bleed 2’ now has an Endless Mode:

Tags: Action, Platformer, Steam, Humble Store, Indie Game

For those who love non-stop action, but needed more after the the quite short main gameplay in Bleed 2 [Humble StoreSteam, Official Site] you can rejoice, as there’s a new Endless Mode.

To support such a feature, the game will randomly generate levels for this new mode, so no run will be the same. It mashes together elements from both Bleed games, for a rather interesting experience. On top of that, there’s also a Daily Challenge mode! What’s interesting about this, is that it will give a more difficult challenge as the week goes on.

I tried it out again with the new modes and I forgot just how slick the action is in Bleed 2. It’s completely over the top, but so satisfying. Boosting through the air, slowing time and pulling off some sick shots really does feel good. The developer wasn’t kidding with the daily runs being challenging though, I didn’t last long with all the rocks falling everywhere and lots of enemies firing everything that had at me.

It was already a fantastic action game, now it has some serious extra content it’s well worth looking into.

The new modes are available to single-player and co-op, so bring a friend along for the ride. You can grab it from both Humble Store with Humble giving both a Steam key and DRM free build and Steam where it’s currently 30% off.

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Switch – Or Die Trying, a cute hard-core platf…

Switch – Or Die Trying, a cute hard-core platformer adds Linux support:

Tags: Platformer, Steam, Indie Game

If you like a challenge and love your platformers, you might want to take a look at Switch – Or Die Trying [Steam] which recently added Linux support.

This is the first PC game from Threye Interactive, which added Linux support a few days ago on February 12th. Along with the Linux release, they also permanently reduced the price of the game to £5.19/$6.99. It’s currently on sale with 33% off, so you can save a bit on it during the current Steam sales.

The developer says the game is hard—really hard, take a look for yourself:

It has an interesting simple design to it, with levels that are dynamic and adjust themselves based on your “current state” (whatever that means…). There’s five different worlds to play across, however, all levels of the worlds get unlocked at a time. You just need to complete 10 levels to unlock access to a new world.

I think it looks pretty sweet, what do you think?

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Can you hear that? It’s the Steam sales train …

Can you hear that? It’s the Steam sales train and it’s arrived, also Steam Wishlist revamp:

Tags: Game Sale, Steam

Another day, another big sale is going on. Today is the turn of Valve as they’re doing a big Lunar New Year sale. Valve have also revamped Steam’s Wishlist feature.

I decided to pick ten games I think people should pick up for various reasons. It’s extremely difficult to condense so many awesome Linux games, but my varied choices here I think are a good set for people to look into (if you still haven’t!).

  • Tomb Raider – 85% off, Since Rise of the Tomb Raider is officially coming to Linux, getting this played through is a good idea (the price is also ridiculous!).
  • Insurgency – 85% off, It’s a solid tactical FPS and if plenty of Linux users buy it, hopefully they will continue to stay committed to getting Insurgency: Sandstorm on Linux.
  • Victor Vran – 75% off, a pretty damn good action RPG. Tons of content and tons of loot! It’s also from the studio developing Surviving Mars, which releases with Linux support next month.
  • XCOM 2 – 67% off or XCOM 2 Collection (including the excellent WotC expansion) – 50% off.
  • Dying Light – 60% off or Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition – 67% off.
  • Stellaris – 60% off, with the huge expansion due soon it’s a fab time to grab it.
  • Oxygen Not Included – 40% off, probably one of the most engrossing space-colony simulation games I’ve ever played. Klei have a great history of Linux support too.
  • Overfall – 40% off, not one I’ve mentioned for a while, but it’s a solid RPG with turn-based battles where you travel across the sea and visit various islands.
  • Rusted Warfare – 40% off, I could write paragraphs about my love for this 2D RTS. It brings back so many good memories of Total Annihilation and the recent Steam Workshop update, plus all the other updates makes it really damn fun.
  • Streets of Rogue – 33% off, we had far too much fun during livestreams with this one, absolute madness!

Be sure to share games you feel people absolutely cannot miss in the comments, why don’t you pick your top five games that maybe aren’t too well known, but you love them? Will be interesting to see what you come up with.

As for the Steam Wishlist, Valve put up a blog post here announcing the changes resulting in a total revamp of the Wishlist system and it’s tons better. You can filter per platform, filter out certain titles like Early Access to only see them when they’re done and so on. Good stuff from Valve, was long overdue. Now Valve, about the Steam Library and how it’s really needing a revamp…

Ps. You can see Linux sales on our Sales Page, which updates constantly.

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Can you hear that? It’s the Steam sales train …

Can you hear that? It’s the Steam sales train and it’s arrived:

Tags: Game Sale, Steam

Another day, another big sale is going on. Today is the turn of Valve as they’re doing a big Lunar New Year sale.

I decided to pick ten games I think people should pick up for various reasons. It’s extremely difficult to condense so many awesome Linux games, but my varied choices here I think are a good set for people to look into (if you still haven’t!).

  • Tomb Raider – 85% off, Since Rise of the Tomb Raider is officially coming to Linux, getting this played through is a good idea (the price is also ridiculous!).
  • Insurgency – 85% off, It’s a solid tactical FPS and if plenty of Linux users buy it, hopefully they will continue to stay committed to getting Insurgency: Sandstorm on Linux.
  • Victor Vran – 75% off, a pretty damn good action RPG. Tons of content and tons of loot! It’s also from the studio developing Surviving Mars, which releases with Linux support next month.
  • XCOM 2 – 67% off or XCOM 2 Collection (including the excellent WotC expansion) – 50% off.
  • Dying Light – 60% off or Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition – 67% off.
  • Stellaris – 60% off, with the huge expansion due soon it’s a fab time to grab it.
  • Oxygen Not Included – 40% off, probably one of the most engrossing space-colony simulation games I’ve ever played. Klei have a great history of Linux support too.
  • Overfall – 40% off, not one I’ve mentioned for a while, but it’s a solid RPG with turn-based battles where you travel across the sea and visit various islands.
  • Rusted Warfare – 40% off, I could write paragraphs about my love for this 2D RTS. It brings back so many good memories of Total Annihilation and the recent Steam Workshop update, plus all the other updates makes it really damn fun.
  • Streets of Rogue – 33% off, we had far too much fun during livestreams with this one, absolute madness!

Be sure to share games you feel people absolutely cannot miss in the comments, why don’t you pick your top five games that maybe aren’t too well known, but you love them? Will be interesting to see what you come up with.

Ps. You can see Linux sales on our Sales Page, which updates constantly.

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