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    Psychological horror adventure 'Saint Kotor' gets extra Kickstarter time

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 20:33 · 1 minute

Saint Kotor, the upcoming psychological horror adventure from Red Martyr Entertainment has been given extra time on Kickstarter and it's really close to the goal.

What is it? A point and click horror adventure with a chilling atmosphere and a stylish hand-painted world. You follow the tale of Benedek Dohnany and Nikolay Kalyakin as they try to find the truth behind a macabre series of murders and strange phenomena, allegedly related to devil worship and witchcraft. You can try it yourself too, as they actually released a prologue going by the name of Saint Kotar: The Yellow Mask to give you a small 2-3 hour slice of what to expect. Check out some gameplay below:

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They now have until Saturday, July 25 to hit €39,000 with them currently on just shy of €33,000 so it's going to be close but 10 days might just be enough time to push it over the edge. Considering the quality of it, plus the demo to show what they can do, I'm genuinely surprised it's not funded already.

If you want a little more info, we actually did an interview with a developer which you can read here .

Check out the Kickstarter here , and try the free Saint Kotar: The Yellow Mask on Steam now.

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    The Humble Warhammer Bundle 2020 is live plus a big Warhammer sale

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 20:13 · 1 minute

WAAAGH! The Humble Warhammer Bundle 2020 is live and I don't think I need to explain the type of games that are included in this one.

A name that very much speaks for itself, you either love it or hate it. I've grown to very much enjoy Warhammer and didn't actually discover my love of it until Feral Interactive ported Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II back in x.

Here's the titles in the bundle at the $1/£1 tier:

  • Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion - Linux supported.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
  • Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team
  • Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

For the middle tier if you beat the average payment you get:

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Linux supported but looks like they messed up the icons there as it says both available and not available on Steam. Have contacted them to let them know.
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
  • Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach
  • Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch - Enhanced Edition

For the top tier at £10.50 or more they give you:

  • Warhammer 40,000™: Dawn of War III - Linux supported.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Collection
  • BLOOD BOWL 2 - LEGENDARY EDITION
  • 1 Month Free of Humble Choice for New Subscribers

If you're a huge Warhammer fan you can find the Humble Warhammer Bundle 2020 here .

They also have a big Warhammer sale going in the Humble Store with discounts on other titles like Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War. Both of those are great games worth picking up and there's plenty more on sale including DLC to finish your collections.

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    Stadia Connect July 2020 - what's coming and new announcements

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 16:27 · 1 minute

Today, July 14 2020, Google are doing another Stadia Connect to go over a bunch of new games and features coming to their fledgling Linux-powered game streaming platform.

During the last Stadia Connect in April , they did quite a push announcing things like PUBG that became available to play immediately along with plenty more announcements so we're expecting some more like that today. July's Stadia Connect starts at 6PM BST/5PM UTC. Once it's live, we will add it into the article here and the article will be continually updated as new information comes in. So keep checking back today for fresh Stadia info.

More games were already confirmed elsewhere just recently too, with Ubisoft continuing to push their games out for the service. So here's a round-up on those titles too.

The recently announced Far Cry 6 for example was confirmed for Stadia, to release on February 18, 2021.

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All three games will be playable on Linux thanks to Stadia. However, for the desktop release all three will only support Windows and be on the Epic Games Store / Uplay so no Steam release for Steam Play Proton.

You can play Stadia games on Linux with Chromium/Chrome. You can check our previous Stadia coverage with the dedicated Stadia tag , and see some videos on our YouTube Playlist .

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    Eagle Island's big Summer update brings better controls and checkpoints

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 12:41 · 1 minute

Developer Pixelnicks continues to update and refine the beautiful rogue-lite platformer Eagle Island with a new update out focussing on dealing with lots of little issues.

"With its falconry-inspired gameplay & procedurally generated worlds, Eagle Island is set to a beautifully modernized pixel art aesthetic and provides a breath of fresh air to the character platforming genre. Eagle Island is a roguelite, it can be played in either Story Mode (progress) or Rogue Mode (permadeath)."

I definitely enjoyed Eagle Island but it wasn't without difficulty, sometimes annoyingly so. Pixelnicks said they've been closely monitoring issues and taking on feedback, with this Summer Solstice update aimed to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. They also put out a slightly silly video (below) to go over a bunch of the changes, with the ending showing off some content coming to a DLC that's apparently so big it's on the scale of a sequel.

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What's actually changed, here's the main feature highlights:

  • Improved aiming system
  • Improved player controls
  • 17 new runestones
  • Improved special effects
  • Gameplay Tweak: No player damage
  • Gameplay Tweak: Respawning from checkpoints

For me, the biggest improvement are the checkpoints. Eagle Island remains a challenge but now it's just not punishing and frustrating in the way it was originally.

That's definitely not all though. The cooldown time after missing an attack with your feathery friends was reduced, along with increasing Quill's own speed and air control. Together, they should make the combat feel a whole lot smoother and more responsive with less waiting around. A bunch of Runestones, which you slot in to give you perks and extras were buffed up along with some of the 'less exciting' Runestones removed.

Find it on GOG and Steam .

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    Open source space trading and combat game 'Naev' has a fresh build up

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 12:18 · 1 minute

Another wonderful classic free and open source game had a fresh update recently. This time it's Naev, a game inspired by the classic Escape Velocity.

Naev is an open-world space trading and combat game, giving you the freedom to explore space and do pretty much anything you want. The first Beta of Naev 0.8.0 is out now, which is the first major release in around three years so naturally it includes a lot of changes.

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Highlights of Naev 0.8.0:

  • Simple economy model implemented
  • Missiles and fighter bays reload while in space
  • Added asteroids and mining
  • Improved player GUI + Brushed GUI is now the default
  • Improved and fixed escort system
  • New and/or improved missions
  • Autonav can now follow ships
  • Shaders to 'speed up and improve graphics'
  • Translation support

Wonderful to see another free and open source game continue to expand. It already has quite a lot of content but it's still far for being a finished game which they make clear on the Steam page. There's no expected time for them to finish it either, as is the case with a lot of open source games it's a hobby project for the people who work on it. Since it's open source though, anyone can help.

See more on the official site , GitHub and Steam .

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    The Ethiopia Pack launches for Civilization VI on July 23

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 10:12 · 2 minutes

The New Frontier Pass expands on July 23, the Ethiopia Pack launches for Civilization VI as part of their plan to continue pushing out content over the next year. If you purchased the New Frontier Pass, this DLC will be free for you but like with the Maya & Gran Colombia Pack it will also be available as a single purchase.

What will it contain?

This pack introduces a new civ and leader, a whole new District and additional buildings. There’s also Secret Societies, a new optional game mode with its own exclusive ruleset full of mystery and intrigue. Please note: Secret Societies game mode requires either the Rise and Fall or Gathering Storm expansion to play.

If you own the New Frontier Pass, you will also get the Teddy Roosevelt and Catherine De Medici Persona Packs with a new take on each leader. See the below video for their developer video on it all:

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The Ethiopia Pack launches for Civilization VI on July 23, hopefully this time game porter Aspyr Media will have it ready in the Linux build at release. If not, we will let you know. After this, the next DLC will be due around September but with their previous plan we should see a free game update for everyone published before then.

When the New Frontier Pass is actually finished around March 2021, it might be worth it when taking all parts together but so far it doesn't seem to have hit the mark with users. A mixed reception on Steam, with the first DLC Maya & Gran Colombia Pack seeing a harsh Mostly Negative score.

The last free update was quite fun though, introducing a second season of the Red Death game mode which is a surprisingly good game mode that does away with the actual city building.

Tip: on Manjaro/Arch you may need this launch option on Steam to run it:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libfreetype.so.6 %command%

Fedora may need this:

LD_PRELOAD=/lib64/libfreetype.so.6 %command%

To do this:

  1. Right-click on the game title under the Library in Steam and select Properties.
  2. Under the General tab click the Set launch options... button.
  3. Enter the launch option from above
  4. Launch it

Sid Meier's Civilization VI is currently on sale with big discounts on both Humble Store and Steam .

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    The sleek Star Lite Mk III 11-inch Linux laptop is now taking orders

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 09:35 · 1 minute

Star Labs have announced their latest Linux laptop refresh with the Star Lite Mk III 11-inch now available to order.

Not long after their recent Star LabTop Mk IV 13-inch release , this smaller model is just as mighty looking. I'm happy to see more vendors do proper matte displays too, as glare is a huge nuisance with laptops. Star Labs say it has 'both a 21% Haze and a hard coat which boasts both durability and glare-free viewing'.

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Here's a easy readout of the specifications:

Chasis

Type II Matte Black Anodised Aluminium - Finish: Bead blasted

Display

11.6-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit matte display with IPS technology

1920x1080 resolution at 190 pixels per inch

16:9 aspect ratio

Processor

1.1GHz quad-core Intel® Pentium® N5000

Burst up to 2.7GHz, with 4MB Cache

Storage

240GB Over-Provisioned SATA SSD

Configurable to: 960GB Over-Provisioned SATA SSD

Memory

8GB of 2400MHz LPDDR4 onboard memory

Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 605

Considering the graphics chip in my own laptop is a lot older than that, you might be surprised by the amount of gaming possible on such an Intel graphics chip.

Thanks to LVFS you can expect the BIOS, Embedded Controller and SSD to receive automatic firmware updates too. You can also disable the the Intel Management Engine, the Wireless and the Webcam if you wish.

Star Labs test and certify quite a lot of different Linux distributions too including: Manjaro, Ubuntu, MX Linux, Linux Mint, elementary OS and Zorin. Check out the Star Lite page on Star Labs if interested. Shipping is expected in two batches mid and late September.

Additionally, I spoke to Star Labs recently who confirmed they're rolling out the option of getting Coreboot, with TianoCore, to the LabTop Mk IV. It won't be available to order with but as an option to download and enable after a purchase. They said to expect it in early-August. They're also expecting to do the same for the Lite but didn't give a timescale to us on that.

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    Steam Labs hits 1 year, Community Recommendations launches

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 08:11 · 1 minute

After about a year of Steam Labs now being a thing, Valve have written up a blog post to celebrate and to go over what's shipped, what's not happening and more.

Steam Labs is the new area of Steam where Valve put up various experimental features, sometimes made with external developers, to attempt to improve Steam as a whole. We've seen upgrades to Steam's searching tools for finding games, which has been great to see more filters like price and excluding games already owned. Then there's Play Next to give you options from your big Steam Library to go through, the Interactive Recommended and more.

They've now announced that Community Recommendations has officially shipped as part of Steam, giving you ideas to play based on recent reviews. I was told be Valve press on this, that it should be getting patched to respect your Platform Preferences ( bottom here ) to only show games from operating systems ticked.

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I've already seen quite a few interesting Linux titles thanks to Community Recommendations so it definitely works.

They've also announced some experiments were shelved including the automatically generated video show of games and the Deep Dive experiment where you click through games and it gives you similar games. A shame as they were both quite good ideas but the Deep Dive experiment at least led to improvements in how they handle game tags.

As for what's in progress: the News & Events Hub had a slight UI refresh, continued improvements to tag searching, Micro Trailers are live across many parts of Steam but it will come to more areas and they're also working on new ways to discover content on Steam.

With how big Steam is thanks to thousands of games releasing per year, Steam itself just continues expanding what's possible from a store. Well, it's been a long time since Steam has just been a store. It's a huge blend of things now. I'm happy about this, Valve constantly trying to push things forward and experiment helps to keep PC gaming fun and interesting.

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