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Games: SC Controller, PlayOnLinux, OpenRA, Galaxy in Turmoil

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Games: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Humble Monthly and DXVK Updates

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Games: The Gardens Between and More to Come From Feral Interactive

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  • The beautiful puzzle adventure 'The Gardens Between' is now out with native Linux support

    The Gardens Between from The Voxel Agents looks like a fantastic puzzle adventure and it's now available with native Linux support.

  • Feral Interactive are teasing ANOTHER new Linux port

    As a reminder, Feral Interactive have only recently release Life is Strange: Before the Storm and Total War: Warhammer II is confirmed to be coming this autumn. On top of that, last month they also put up another teaser that we're still guessing.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they do try to get more ports out earlier now, especially with Steam Play which would eat into their Linux port sales. Anyway…looks like 2018 really will be another great year for Linux gaming!

    The amount of Linux games Feral has ported now is kind of ridiculous: XCOM, XCOM 2, Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Mad Max, Shadow of Mordor, HITMAN, F1 2017, Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Dawn of War II, Dawn of War III, DiRT Rally and the list goes on.

Games: Trash Squad, Steam Censorship, Streets of Rogue, Conarium, Citra, RPCS3, Feudal Alloy

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  • 2D shooter with a few RPG elements 'Trash Squad' has been released for Linux

    Time to take out the trash as the 2D shooter with RPG elements Trash Squad [Steam] is now available on Linux. The idea of it actually sounds quite amusing and it looks like it could be reasonably good.

    While it released for Windows back in January this year, only yesterday was Linux support made available. There's no official announcement just yet, but everything seems in place.

  • Valve to begin moderating game forums on Steam next week

    Starting on Tuesday, September 25th Valve will be actively moderating all game forums on Steam unless a developer opts to not have Valve do so.

    So from then onwards if someone reports a post on a Steam forum, let's say for Streets of Rogue, it will then go into a queue for Valve's own moderation team to look over. They will then remove it if it violates their community guidelines.

  • The excellent rogue-lite 'Streets of Rogue' now actually has an ending

    Streets of Rogue, easily one of the top Early Access games going right now actually has an ending and it sounds quite amusing.

  • Lovecraftian horror 'Conarium' now has a Linux version on GOG

    Think you're brave? Lovecraftian horror Conarium from Zoetrope Interactive and Iceberg Interactive can now be picked up for Linux on GOG. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, it first arrived on Linux back in February this year and it only arrived on GOG around 2 days ago.

  • Nintendo 3DS emulator 'Citra' sounds like it's coming along rather nicely

    For those who like to use their PC to emulate other platforms, the Citra [Official Site, GitHub] emulator for the Nintendo 3DS just put out a progress report and it's very promising.

  • PlayStation 3 emulator 'RPCS3' is coming along nicely with some major improvements

    More glorious news for emulation today with the latest RPCS3 [Official Site] (a PlayStation 3 emulator) giving an update on their progress and it's damn fine too.

  • Action RPG 'Feudal Alloy' with fish-controlled medieval robots delayed until next year

    Writing a rather short email to us today, Attu Games have announced their rather interesting Action RPG Feudal Alloy is now going to release next year. To be clear, this isn't a delay in the Linux version, the entire game is delayed.

    No reason was given, literally all that was said was this "Feudal Alloy, a fish-controlled medieval-robots metroidvania, is delayed until January 2019". I'm not fussed personally, when I tested the build they provided us with some time ago I was rather impressed. So taking some extra time to make it as great as they can is fine.

Games: The Misfits, Steam Client Beta, RAZED, Lamplight City, Din's Legacy, Mavericks

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Games: Descenders, War Thunder’s “The Valkyries”

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Games: Spearmint, Rise to Ruins, Depth of Extinction, Puzlogic, Never Split the Party, Godot Engine, DXVK

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  • Ioquake3-Derived Spearmint 1.0 Engine Coming Next Month, But Ceasing Development

    Spearmint, an enhanced version of the open-source ioquake3 engine in turn derived from the id Tech 3 source code, will see the big "1.0" milestone in October. But that will also coincide with the developer and ioquake3 maintainer ceasing work on this engine now with an eighteen year lineage.

  • Village building god sim 'Rise to Ruins' had an absolutely massive update

    Rise to Ruins, a village builder that mixes in some god sim fun just went through a bit of an evolution with the latest patch, which really is absolutely massive. In terms of file-size the patch was relatively small, but good things come in small packages!

  • Roguelike RPG 'Depth of Extinction' is nearing release with a launch trailer

    I'm personally very excited about Depth of Extinction, a roguelike RPG with turn-based battles and an interesting setting. The release is closing in for this month and they have a new launch trailer. Note: This was a personal purchase for me.

  • Puzlogic combines elements from Sudoku and Kakuro to make an interesting puzzle game

    Puzlogic from developer Eduardo Barreto was released on Steam back in July and it just recently gained Linux support. It combines elements from Sudoku and Kakuro along with some lovely ambient music to create a pretty decent and relaxing experience.

    Currently in Early Access, the developer expects the full release to be available in the first part of 2019.

  • Never Split the Party, a free online team-based action-RPG is now on Linux

    Never one to pass up trying out a free game, today I tested out some of Never Split the Party, an "an ultra social rogue-like" and it's not bad. While the game is free to play, you only get given one single character. If you want access to the others, you need to buy the Fellowship DLC which will unlock the Cleric, Rogue, Mage, Ranger and Mercenary.

  • Godot Engine 3.1 will have support for simplex noise generation which looks incredibly useful

    Godot Engine 3.1 [Official Site], the big upgrade coming to the open source game engine has gained another exciting feature with simplex noise generation.

  • One of the fine folks in the Intel Mesa driver team has written up a post on their work improving games in DXVK

    Writing on their personal blog, Jason Ekstrand from the Intel Mesa team has written up some information on what they've been doing to improve the Intel drivers on Linux. What they're talking about isn't exactly new, since the fixes are already in Mesa but it's nice to get some information about how they came across the issues and what they did to solve them.

    Regardless of your feelings towards Wine, DXVK, Steam Play and so on, no one can ignore the benefits they bring to the people actually working on the drivers. Giving them so many more ways to test and push Linux graphics drivers is a good thing, as it means we can end up with much better drivers for all sorts of workloads (not just gaming!).

Games: Humble One Special Day Bundle, Valve and Aspyr Media

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Games: Distance, Ballistic Overkill, GOG, Valve, and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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Games: Siralim 3, Humble, and Victory At Sea Pacific

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