As spotted by GOL first on SteamDB, it looks like Total War Shogun 2 is headed to Linux. This would be news, since nothing about such a port has leaked so far. At the same time it would not be completely surprising since the Total War Series on Linux has been gaining more and more entries over the past 2 years (2 per year, approximately):
- Empire: Total War (Dec 8. 2014) – Feral Interactive
- Total War: Attila (Dec 10, 2015) – Creative Assembly (?)
- Medieval II: Total War (Jan 14, 2016) – Feral Interactive
- Total War: Warhammer (Nov 22, 2016) – Feral Interactive
Unfortunately there is no sign yet of the long-awaited Rome: Total War II, that was supposed to support SteamOS since forever (and announced before the release of the Steam Machines, even). Remember this announcement back in 2013 ?
8 Nov 2013 – At Creative Assembly we want our customers to be able to play on as many platforms and in as many locations as possible, so today we are announcing future support for both SteamOS and the Steam Controller.
We’ve always wanted the Total War franchise to be enjoyed by living room gamers, but the limitations of traditional hardware made our style of game play impossible. Last month, when Valve invited us to test out the new Steam Controller and unveiled their plans for SteamOS – we were impressed. We believe it will provide us with the control fidelity and platform we need to make a living room experience for ROME II that could be a more compelling experience than playing with keyboard and mouse.
ROME II will be launching on Linux early next year, with full Steam Controller and Big Picture support to be added as soon as Valve gets us a controller dev kit. Pick up a copy of the game this weekend while it’s 25% off and you’ll be able to play the Linux version as soon as it launches!
Well, it looks increasingly unlikely we will ever get Rome II, but at least Creative Assembly has been very supportive so far to have their games ported to SteamOS/Linux. Note that we don’t know who is porting Shogun 2, but in all likelihood this is Feral Interactive again. We will just have to wait for an official word from them.
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