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Games: Total War: ROME REMASTERED, Wasteland 3: The Battle of Steeltown, Jupiter Hell, ΔV: Rings of Saturn

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  • Check out some of the Quality of Life improvements coming to Total War: ROME REMASTERED

    Total War: ROME REMASTERED is the upcoming release from Feral Interactive and Creative Assembly that replaces the original and brings it to Linux too and there's a lot improved with it.

    Not only is it the first Total War to come with full cross-platform online play out of the box for Linux, macOS and Windows plus improved visuals and more it's also bringing in plenty of Quality of Life enhancements to improve the overall experience. These QoL improvements include: an enhanced camera, campaign map vibrancy, both classic and remastered rule-sets, new merchant options, sixteen new playable factions and a whole lot more.

  • Wasteland 3: The Battle of Steeltown announced for June 3 and it sounds explosive | GamingOnLinux

    Wasteland 3 from inXile Entertainment is set to expand on June 3 with the first expansion Wasteland 3: The Battle of Steeltown and it sounds like it's going to be full of action.

    "The towering factory complex of Steeltown manufactures all the tech that keeps Colorado running and the Patriarch in power—trucks, armor, weapons, and robots. But deliveries from Steeltown have stopped cold, and all the Patriarch is getting from Abigail Markham—Steeltown's leader—are excuses. When he sends the Rangers to investigate, they find the place is a powder keg with the fuse already lit. The workers are striking, bandits raid with impunity, and nobody is allowed through the gates, not even on the business of the Patriarch. Without help, Steeltown could crash and burn for good, and take Markham with it—but maybe that's just what it needs."

  • Intense roguelike Jupiter Hell gets a mini quest system and more lore | GamingOnLinux

    Jupiter Hell, the awesome roguelike from ChaosForge continues getting regular Early Access upgrades and the gameplay continues getting a bit deeper with this latest 0.9.8 "Message" update.

    Ready for some lore? How about their first iteration of a quest-like system? Well, both are in now in the Message update. Spread throughout the game you can now interact with special terminals to get some lore text, as well as information on items, events or other content that is available later in the levels - so this will affect which branches you pick when you progress through the game. There's also a Journal now to follow, intermission screens between moons to show off your stats, exotic weapons now have their own dedicated perks and more.

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    Jupiter Hell still continues running amazingly well on Linux, with thanks to their use of Vulkan it performs great!

  • ΔV: Rings of Saturn now gives the full game in the demo, with one catch

    Get ready to explore space, mine some rocks and lose yourself in the hard sci-fi game ΔV: Rings of Saturn which just expanded the demo in a very big way.

    "For a few months now we’ve been thinking about the best form of ΔV: Rings of Saturn demo. We’ve concluded that, having the whole product done, we want a gamer to see its quality, but not by playing the limited version. Therefore, ΔV: Rings of Saturn, a hard sci-fi, top-down physics-based space mining simulator is available for free on Steam for everyone." — Kodera Software

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    Back in May 2020 the developer reported the percentage of Linux sales was good too, with the developer mentioning recently how "Linux players are awesome" due to their bug reports and it seems Linux sales are still doing well.

Games: Stellaris, OpenTTD, Rain on Your Parade

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  • Stellaris: Nemesis expansion and the free 3.0 'Dick' update are out now

    Probably the biggest update and expansion launch for Stellaris yet, Stellaris: Nemesis and the 3.0 'Dick' update are out now. Paradox actually released something of a double-patch with both 3.0 and 3.0.1 landing today to bring big new features and some needed fixes found while testing.

  • Building and management sim Voxel Tycoon arrives on Steam and it's fantastic | GamingOnLinux

    Are you a fan of OpenTTD or the Transport Fever series? You should look at Voxel Tycoon, a brand new Early Access release on Steam that comes with Linux support and it's looking very good. Note: personal purchase.

    It's technically been available for a long time already, as it had a pre-alpha available on itch.io which has now been removed. Steam is the main store for it now. This is also the first time I've jumped in to play and it impresses instantly. It offers up a Cities Skylines level of beautiful simplicity in the presentation of it, which is good because these types of transport sims usually confuse the heck of it me. Here though, it's just great.

  • Finding joy in ruining everyone's day in Rain on Your Parade - out now

    Available now with Linux support, Rain on Your Parade is a comedy puzzle-like game about being a cloud and raining all over everyone and not giving a hoot. Note: key provided by the developer.

    Rain on Your Parade is like nothing else! You could say it's in the spirit of games like Untitled Goose Game, the idea is that you're just there to mess with people and have as much fun as you can while doing so — it's a total joy. There's plenty more to it than just raining on people though, there's a certain strategy you will need to it. The game also gradually gives you a few fun tools to cause more havoc too including thunder, lightning, tornadoes and more.

Android and Linux games on Chromebooks will soon get massive performance gains

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Linux for Chromebooks has come a long way since Google introduced it in Chrome OS 69 a couple of years ago. On supported devices, it opened the door to an extensive library of desktop apps for users, like video editing tools and IDEs. GPU acceleration was an important milestone that made graphic intensive Linux app usable on Chrome OS. This is thanks to Virgil 3D, a component that allows the Linux container to tap into the hardware's GPU. In exciting news shared by Luke Short from VMware, Google is working on adding Vulkan passthrough into Virgil to improve app performance.

A round of commits spotted on GitLab shows that Google's Chia-l Wu has been working around a year to add Vulkan passthrough support into Virgil 3D from the QEMU hypervisor. Wu helped Valve in the past by submitting a set of patches for Mesa — an OpenGL library — to reduce load times in games. Work-in-progress code allows commercial and Proton-based Steam games to run on Chromebooks.

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Games: SimPocalypse and More Titles on GNU/Linux

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  • SimPocalypse (PC/Linux) is launching out of Early Access on Steam this May 11th
  • Eagre Games developer of surreal adventure ZED closes down

    ZED, a completely surreal first-person walking-sim adventure released back in 2019 after a successful crowdfunding campaign. Sadly it seems it didn't do well overall.

    Showing how tough the market is with many thousands of new games per year, plus the added craziness of COVID-19, Eagre Games announced in a new Kickstarter update how "Covid was a bad year for us - we closed down Eagre Games as contracts were withdrawn and ZED limps along with low sales and royalties" and that the last year was simply "devastating".

  • AI War 2 gets a massive 'Paradigm Shift' update out now, new expansion out in May

    Arcen Games have released another post-release massive free update for all players, along with a new expansion announcement for their grand-strategy RTS.

    AI War 2 is a game about defeating the odds that are thoroughly stacked against you. A terrible artificially intelligence has conquered the galaxy and it's up to you to fight back against the overwhelming odds. Not seen it before or somehow never heard of it?

Games: Godot, Forgotten Fields, Victorian Clambake

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  • Release candidate: Godot 3.3 RC 9

    In case you missed the recent news, we decided to change our versioning for Godot 3.x and rename the upcoming version 3.2.4 to Godot 3.3, thereby starting a new stable branch. Check the dedicated blog post for details.

    Here's another Release Candidate for Godot 3.3! Keeping this post short as there wasn't much change, just a handful of fixes - refer to the 3.3 RC 7 post for details on new features.

    We're pretty confident about this candidate (Famous Last Words™) so if no new regression is found, the next build should hopefully be the stable release (yes, we said that for RC8 too)! If you haven't tried 3.3 RC builds yet, now would be a great time to do it to help us ensure everything upgrades smoothly from 3.2.3 to 3.3.

    As usual, you can try it live with the online version of the Godot editor updated for this release.

  • Relaxed narrative-adventure about a struggling writer Forgotten Fields is out now

    Forgotten Fields from Frostwood Interactive and Dino Digital, a casual and quite relaxing adventure about a struggling writer is out now with Linux support. In Forgotten Fields you assume the role of Sid, as you travel towards your childhood home to say goodbye and try to beat writers block at the same time while working against a deadline.

  • Shell Shuffle offers a different take on tile-matching from the dev of The Caribbean Sail | GamingOnLinux

    Victorian Clambake, developer of the clever The Caribbean Sail has recently released Shell Shuffle into Early Access. A tile-matching puzzle game that does things a little differently. Note: key provided by the developer.

    Like most similar matching puzzle games, the idea is to line up everything how you want it by moving things around. In Shell Shuffle though, you're not swapping two tiles. Instead, you're moving entire rows and columns to slot things into place to remove an entire line. When you wipe a line you get a pearl and if you wipe a line of pearls, you get given special power-ups.

Metro Exodus Is Out Now on Steam for Linux

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Metro Exodus is the third installment in the Metro video game trilogy based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels. It was initially released on February 15th, 2019, only for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Later in 2019, the game was also ported to Google’s Stadia, and a year after on the Amazon Luna cloud gaming service.

Fast forward to 2021, as of today, April 14th, the game is now playable on Linux and macOS platforms. Users can download and install it right now from Steam, and if you already own it even better because you don’t have to buy it again, it will just appear in your Steam for Linux library like magic.

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Games: Scarlet Hood, OpenLoco, and More

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  • Time-looping narrative adventure Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood is out now | GamingOnLinux

    From Devespresso Games, the team behind The Coma series and Vambrace: Cold Soul plus publisher Headup, Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood is their latest game out now. It's something of a time-looping adventure, starting off in modern times as your band tries to hit it big that turns into a weird mash-up of The Wizard of Oz, Brothers Grimm and Groundhog Day.

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    For anyone who has played The Coma or Vambrace, the overall feel is very similar. They've kept the same style and mechanics throughout, with it being another side-scrolling adventure. It's very much like playing a point and click adventure. As a smaller title, sadly there's no full voice-over which would have helped pull me in. Even so, that was one of the only downsides of what was an otherwise satisfying and thoroughly weird adventure.

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    Based in Seoul, South Korea and San Francisco, USA - this is the fourth full title to come from Devespresso Games to Linux so it's wonderful to see the continued support again as their games are always wonderfully unique.

  • Chris Sawyer's Locomotion improves further in the open source re-implementation OpenLoco | GamingOnLinux

    OpenLoco continues advancing and bringing Chris Sawyer's Locomotion another step further to being as great as OpenTTD for Transport Tycoon Deluxe with a new OpenLoco 21.04 release out now.

    While it might be small in number features with the 21.04 release, it does bring a major enhancements with the ability to unlock the FPS by detaching game logic and rendering. This should serve as a good base for improving the performance over time. Additionally there's now an FPS counter and a tile inspector included.

  • Free Game Wednesday: take a look at the great twin-stick Cecconoid

    Cecconoid, a fantastic twin-stick shooter with small cramped environments where the screen flicks between each section actually released the source code and now you can play free. The source code snapshot on GitHub is a snapshot of the DRM free version of Cecconoid, so it's unsupported but gives you another great free game to play.

    "The starship Equinox is under attack from Stormlord and his robotic minions, the Exolons! You're the crew's only hope. Take your Samurai-1 fighter, find Captain Solomon's Key, clear the decks of evil robots, and save the Equinox from certain destruction! Cecconoid is an 8-bit inspired, flick-screen, twin-stick-shooter, set in an alternate dimension where the pixels are still chunky, and the bad guys are black and white."

  • Klabater drops Linux and macOS support for Crossroads Inn | GamingOnLinux

    Crossroads Inn and later Crossroads Inn Anniversary Edition from developer Klabater was crowdfunded in March 2019 and later released in October 2019 and now Klabater are leaving Linux and macOS behind.

    This is one title that's had a bit of a rough history. At release it was a complete mess, so much so that they later rebranded it to Crossroads Inn Anniversary Edition and it didn't exactly get much better from there. On Steam it has a Mixed overall score from users, on GOG it's a low 2.3 / 5 stars and across Metacritic it also has a rather low 59.

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  • Solus Has Resolved Issues with Recent Proton Builds

    A little while ago I pointed that Solus users (at least several, myself included) were experiencing issues to run modern versions of Proton following Proton 5.13 (and the introduction of the new vessel technology with Soldier). In other words, no games actually launched with 5.13 versions of Proton on Solus – you had to manually select an earlier version of Proton in order to keep running the games you wanted. This issue lasted for several months.

  • Spirit Swap is an incredible looking narrative-driven match-3 with seriously good beats | GamingOnLinux

    Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 To (the actual full title - what a mouthful!) is an upcoming action-puzzle game set in a lush, narrative-driven world of witchy demons.

Free Software Projects Are Not Allowed To Ask For Donations On The Google Play App Store

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Free software developer Aurélien Gâteau reports that his free software 2D racing game Pixel Wheels got flagged on the Google Play app-store for the horrible crime of asking for donations. Pixel Wheels is also available for GNU/Linux, Windows, macoS (but not ARM based Macs).

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The updated banner mentioning donations was the only thing he had made when the game stopped being "compliant" with "Google Play Policies". The Pixel Wheels Android version on the Google Play has been there, with no issues, since February 24th, 2021.

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Games: Nioh 2, Console Games, and Titles for GNU/Linux

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  • How to play Nioh 2 on Linux

    Nioh 2 is the sequel to Nioh, a 2015 Action RPG. It takes place in Japan and was released on PS4, PS5, as well as Microsoft Windows. With a few tweaks, the game can run on Linux. Here’s how.

  • The Ultimate Guide to N64 Emulation on Retroarch

    The N64 is one of the greatest games consoles of all time, leading the way in the late 90s with pioneering 3D graphics and bringing franchises like Mario and Zelda into gorgeous open worlds. If you own the original games, you can relive these glory days through emulation on PC, which lets you do things like increase resolutions and framerates and add shaders over the game to recreate that retro feel.

    The emulation frontend Retroarch is arguably the best N64 emulator out there, letting you run several different N64 emulators as “cores” (as well as letting you play PS1, SNES, Sega Genesis, and various other retro console games on your PC). Here, we’ll show you the best way to get Retroarch to run your N64 collection.

  • How to Play PS1 Games on your PC with Retroarch

    Emulation is all the rage in PC gaming. Not only does it allow you to relive the glory days of retro titles on your PC, it also often allows you to enhance your experiences with those games. Going back to play an old game – especially from the PS1 era – can often shock those who are surprised at how much better these titles look through nostalgia glasses.

    Using RetroArch PS1 emulation, you can upscale and tweak these games to something that looks a lot closer to what you remember – and better.

  • Commandos 2 - HD Remaster has been released for Linux | GamingOnLinux

    Raylight Games / Yippee! Entertainment and Kalypso Media have today announced the release of Commandos 2 - HD Remaster for Linux after waiting over a year since the original release.

    "Take control of an elite group of Allied commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of progressively demanding missions. In this World War II genre-defining classic, explore interactive environments and use unique skill sets to complete missions against seemingly impossible odds."

  • Flock of Dogs will have you and friends soar through the clouds on flying dogs and a whale | GamingOnLinux

    Yes this is a real game and yes it sounds hilarious. Developer Max Clark has now formally announced Flock of Dogs, a 1 - 8 player online / local co-op experience and I'm a little bit in love with the premise and style.

    Describing it as simply as possible Clark says it's a "top-down, twin-stick, crew game. Most of the time, one player pilots the whale and everyone else rides flying dogs to battle and quest. Players can land on the whale and relaunch when ready. The journey leads to the Flying Festival through procedurally-generated, floating biomes with a mix of creatures, characters, and quests."

    It sounds completely wild, and the visuals and gameplay matches up wonderfully to the idea. Inspired by storybooks like Goodnight Moon, The Cat in the Hat, and Go, Dog!. The idea is that each playthrough had you journey to an annual Flying Festival, with each year seeing the skies you fly through being different.

  • Across the Obelisk is an engrossing new deck-builder with online co-op

    You've played Slay the Spire, Dicey Dungeons and many other great deck-builder but now it's time for Across the Obelisk to shine and it's rather engrossing. We did some pre-release testing for the developer on the Linux build and it's already great fun even though it's not finished, as this is an Early Access game.

    This is a party-based game so you build up a roster of powerful heroes, each with their own set of cards and items they can equip to buff various statistics. What makes it quite different is that you can play it in co-op online with other players controlling different heroes in the party. Quite a refreshing little mix!

Games: OpenHV, Stadia, Metro Exodus, Wolfenstein - Blade of Agony

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  • OpenHV, a free and open source RTS based on the unreleased Hard Vacuum has a stable build

    If you're looking out for a new real-time strategy (RTS) to play you're in luck. Recently, OpenHV has a first stable release powered by the OpenRA game engine.

    OpenHV has a fun history, basing the game around an unreleased game named Hard Vacuum that developer Daniel Cook wrote up a Post Mortem for back in 2005. Tons of assets were released under open licenses, along with details on what the gameplay would be like and so OpenHV was created from the ashes. OpenHV also uses the remastered Tyrian Graphics and the Iron Plague artwork by Daniel Cook as well.

  • Get three months FREE of Stadia Pro thanks to Lenovo

    Want to get some free Pro time on Google Stadia? Here's a chance for you if you act quick enough as Lenovo are giving away 3 months of Stadia Pro for FREE.

    All you have to do is register for an account with their Lenovo Legion Gaming community, confirm your email and then it will send you to a special page to claim which will look like this:

  • Check out the Linux system specs needed for the Metro Exodus port releasing April 14

    Metro Exodus will be officially releasing for Linux on April 14, ahead of the release 4A Games and Deep Silver have put out some new system requirements.

  • Wolfenstein - Blade of Agony releases Chapter 3 plus a revamped Chapter 1 & 2 on April 30

    Even more glorious retro FPS goodness is coming! Wolfenstein - Blade of Agony, the incredible GZDoom story-driven free game will be getting a brand new release on April 30.

    "Blade of Agony is a story-driven FPS. The project is inspired by WWII shooters from the 90's and early 2000's, like Wolfenstein 3D, Medal of Honor, and Call of Duty, but with faster-paced gameplay in the spirit of Doom! The game can be played standalone using the GZDoom engine as a base."

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    So running it on Linux is as easy as another other Doom-like mod you want to play so we expect no Linux-specific issues at release. You can also use the Snap / Flathub packages.

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