Since March 2015 we were expecting to get Saints Row IV on Linux, following the GDC 2015 announcements. It seems (while I think it’s not official yet) that Feral is taking care of that port. All is well, but some surprising news came in the past few days, thanks to a number of diligent observers of the Steamdb data. Saints Row 2 and 3 have suddenly displayed some Linux related information, and it seems to be rather likely than a pure coincidence or a simple system mistake.
The two and third in the series were respectively released in 2008 and 2011 – and while they are not super recent titles, they belong to a genre for which we have no representatives so far: open-world action games… with guns, a la GTA, since Shadow of Mordor could be considered an open-world action adventure as well. Both 2nd and 3rd episodes were positively received at the time of their release, so I would say “bring them on”!
Saints Row 2 looks a little bit dated by now, as you can judge from the below video of the first mission:
Saints Row 3, in the other hand, still looks very good to this day, like a lot of titles from the 2011-2012 era. Sadly that also says a lot about how little game graphics have improved in the meantime…
In any case, if like me you were waiting for games providing several dozens of hours of fun, it sounds like we will get what we need (hopefully) soon.
Of course, it would be even better if we could get GTA V in the near future, but it seems like there is no reason not to hope at this stage. Linux is getting more and more AAA titles (several every month at the current pace) and there is no sign that it is going to stop anytime soon.
The only mystery is, who is responsible for such ports ? Feral ? Or anyone else ? Since the 2nd and 3rd are relatively old, I would put my money on VP and their eON tech (which could explain how they can tackle two of them in a short time), but I may be completely wrong. Anyway we will probably know very soon.
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