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Games: BASH and Beyond

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Games: SteamVR, GOG, Tannenberg & Verdun, Hearts of Iron, Cities: Skylines, Northgard, EARTHLOCK

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Games: Shooty Skies, SCP: Secret Laboratory, AMID EVIL, Northgard

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  • Shooty Skies from the creators of Crossy Road is now on Steam with Linux support, it's nuts

    Shooty Skies is an endless-arcade shooter that's free to play from the creators of Crossy Road, it's now on Steam and it has Linux support.

    This is the first Steam release from Mighty Games, who usually do mobile games. It will be interesting to see if they bring out any more PC games in future.

  • Free multiplayer horror game SCP: Secret Laboratory now has Linux support

    SCP: Secret Laboratory [Steam], a free multiplayer horror game based on SCP - Containment Breach by Undertow Games is now available on Linux.

  • A Linux version of Heretic-inspired FPS 'AMID EVIL' is planned

    Good news for fans of brutal FPS games, as the developer of Heretic-inspired AMID EVIL [Steam] has said they have plans for a Linux version.

    Coming across it today, I decided to ask on their official Steam forum about the possibility of Linux support. Thinking we might get the usual "we're thinking on it" response, instead I got a much more solid and clear "It's planned!" (source). They also said "Sometime post launch. No timeframe yet unfortunately", so we still have a bit of a wait, but fantastic to know it's coming.

  • Get ready to control a clan of Vikings in 'Northgard' as it's releasing for Linux tomorrow

    Northgard, the strategy game from Shiro Games where you control a clan of vikings is coming to Linux tomorrow!

    I've been excited about it for quite some time, especially as the developer confirmed it was coming way back in early 2017. Now that the game has been officially released, the developer has announced that tomorrow March 8th, the Linux (and Mac) versions will be released!

Games: Railway Empire, 'Where The Water Tastes Like Wine' and More

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You Can Now Run Linux on Sony's PlayStation 4 (4.55) Gaming Console, Here's How

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Developer Valentin Breiz recently updated his PS4 Linux Loader, a simple payload tool designed with a single goal in mind, to let you run Linux on your Sony PlayStation 4 gaming console, to support some PlayStation 4 models running firmware 4.55.

This is possible thanks to IDC's kernel exploit for firmware 4.05, which has now been updated for firmware 4.55 too. However, for now it looks like running Linux on PlayStation 4 only works with some PS4 models having a FAT filesystem.

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Games: CARRION, Dungeons 3, THRONES OF BRITANNIA, Majesty of Colors Remastered and More

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Games for GNU/Linux and New Wine Staging

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  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia to be released March 20

    The next DLC for the sprawling grand strategy title, Europa Universalis IV [Official Site], will be available soon. The developers have detailed some more of the upcoming features in both DLC and upcoming patch.

  • Extreme downhill freeriding game 'Descenders' adds a customizable Freeride mode

    Descenders [Steam] is a pretty darn good downhill freeriding game and now it's become a little bit more customizable.

    With the latest update, you can now generate your own track in the 'Freeride mode', so now you don't have to go through the set paths in the career mode, although this new mode doesn't reward you any reputation points.

  • Space-cat survival sim 'MewnBase' updated with research, carports and more

    Last week saw a major update to space-cat survival and base-building sim MewnBase [Itch.io]. There are quite a few new goodies, including a suit upgrade, a garage for your buggy, and improved inventory. But the focus is on the brand-new research system.

  • Some thoughts on Man O' War: Corsair, rough sailing and very little fun

    Man O’ War: Corsair – Warhammer Naval Battles [Official Site] is, as you might guess, a game about living the life of a privateer in the Warhammer fantasy world. It has all the fixings you might expect as well: you can raid, board vessels, buy and sell goods in ports and manage a crew and ship. On paper, it’s the sort of game I’d go wild over. The reality is altogether different.

  • Wine-Staging 3.3 Released

    While the original Wine-Staging maintainers have parted ways with the project, a new Wine-Staging initiative has been getting under way and they managed their first development release this Sunday.

    Last month we reported on the revival of Wine-Staging. New developers have taken up the job of herding these staging/experimental patches against Wine and continuing to re-base the code following the bi-weekly upstream Wine releases.

    Wine-Staging 3.3 is out today and it is based against this week's new Wine release and the thousand plus patches from the old staging tree have been re-fitted to work against this current code-base.

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Games: CROSSNIQ+, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, Depth of Extinction, Surviving Mars, ATOM RPG, Abyss Crew

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