If you visit BoilingSteam once in a while, you’ll know this is not the place for 24/7 news. There are better websites for that, either GamingonLinux, or even the subreddit linux_gaming among other options. Still, there’s a bunch of things that have occurred in the past few weeks that I don’t want you guys to miss, and instead of rephrasing all these news in a painful way, we will go at it bullet-point style.
New Upcoming Games
- XCOM2 announced for late 2015. Feral is doing the port. Gameplay footage from E3.
- Sword Coast Legends to be released in Q3 2015 for Linux.
- Shadow Warrior 2 planned for 2016 with Linux support.
- Umbra is a new indie RPG with AAA graphics planned for Linux as well.
- Galactic Civilizations III will be ported to Linux when Vulkan is available.
- Yooka-Laylee is a Rare-inspired platformer, coming for Linux and DRM-free.
New Games that May be Coming for Linux
- ARMA 3 is considered for Linux using the eON wrapper. Currently in testing.
- The Bard’s Tale IV is on Kickstarter (just passed their funding milestone) with Linux Support.
- Divinity Original Sin EE may be coming for Linux (if you really trust them).
- More Games should be announced during Summer, according to an Alienware rep.
- MESA-dev has recently implemented tessellation, getting closer to GL4.x support.
Game Engines News
- Unreal Engine 4.8 is released – Linux is on track with the editor as well.
- Godot Engine 1.1 was released last month (All platforms including Linux)
- CryTek’s CryEngine now supports Linux (but there is no editor for us).
- Source 2 has Linux support from the get go
- DOTA2: Reborn Open beta will be delayed for linux a couple of weeks.
- Civilization V Mods are now available for Linux. Thanks Aspyr!
- Geometry Wars 3 is now 1080p capable and multiplayer should work. It was about time!
- Dying Light has now better performance on Linux. Time to split zombies in two.
- Planetary Annihilation has apparently a much better single player mode now.
- Looks like Shadow of Mordor is a little late (since we now officially in Summer). No biggie.
- Looks like Skullgirls may not be too far away anymore.
- Oddworld New’n Tasty now has better controller support for Linux. I still have issues though.
Hardware & Steam Machines
- Valve’s Steam Link and Steam Controller and now available for pre-order in selected regions.
- Alienware was showcasing their Steam Machine at E3 2015. Cheapest Model is 450 USD.
- The DragonBox Pyra (A Linux Handheld Computer/Console) is progressing towards a End 2015 release.
- SMACH has announced the SMACH Zero, an Handheld console running SteamOS for 2016.
Additionally, don’t forget that the Steam Summer Sale is going on with many titles heavily discounted. It may be a good chance to get some Linux games if you are on a budget.
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