Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Linux

Nordic Games to assist in physical distribution of Shadowrun Online

Shadowrun Online (PC) Nordic Announcement - Screenshot 1

Nordic Games will be working with Cliffhanger Productions to distribute Shadowrun Online, including a physical boxed version. The tactical team-based role-playing game is currently available through Steam Early Access. In the game, players live in a cyberpunk-infused 2076, after the destruction of Boston by a dragon whose escape led to the poisoning of its inhabitants, turning them into killers. Elves, Dwarves, and other mythical races live in this new world, where corporations rule the land. The final version of the game will feature 50-plus enemies, hacking, over 60 combat and noncombat skills, and five races.

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Shooter roguelike Sublevel Zero announced for PC

Mastertronic has sent word that they will be publishing Sigtrap’s shooter Sublevel Zero this summer for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The first-person, six-degrees-of-freedom shooter will feature procedurally generated levels, crafting, and permadeath. There are also plans to support the Oculus Rift. Ammo will be scarce, necessitating item crafting, and players will have to navigate levels filled with enemies and puzzles. The description of a roguelike Descent seems pretty apt. A trailer and screenshots have also been released.

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Square Enix Collective offering Anachronox, Fear Effect, and Gex IPs

Gex (PC, PSX, Saturn) PC version, courtesy of GOG.com

Square Enix is offering three Eidos IPs for independent developers to try their hand at through the studio’s Collective platform. Anachronox, Fear Effect, and Gex are all on offer for developers to submit game ideas, and new project pitch submissions have also been reopened. A previous submission, Goetia, a point-and-click adventure from French developer Sushee, recently passed its Kickstarter goal with 48 hours to go. According to the release, it was the latest campaign’s success that inspired them to open up the Eidos IPs.

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El Presidente harnesses wind power in Tropico 5: Gone Green

Tropico 5 (360, PC, PS4) Gone Green Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

El Presidente has decided to embrace green tech in the recently released Gone Green DLC for Tropico 5. The download adds a new building, avatar accessories, music, and sandbox map. All of the content is based around renewable power, which will allow the president’s helpers to use the new windfarm buildings to turn the latest island addition, Isabella, into an energy-efficient tropical paradise.

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GOG.com adds bizarre FMV-infused adventure Toonstruck

GOG (PC) Toonstruck Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

GOG.com has added the surreal point-and-click adventure title Toonstruck to their library. The 1996 adventure title from Interplay follows cartoonist Drew Blanc as he attempts to escape a strange cartoon world populated by a wide variety of weird creatures—ah, the ‘90s. The game also features digitized actors, and a handful of notables are involved, including The Simpson’s Dan Castellaneta, Christopher Lloyd, and Tim Curry, also star of Interplay’s Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster.

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 release date, Almanac Edition revealed

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The Book of Unwritten Tales developer King Art Games has announced that the sequel’s final chapter will now be released on February 20. The studio also revealed a special version, the DRM-free Almanac Edition. The premium set will come bundled with a 104-page hardback artbook, a making-of DVD, a soundtrack, a double-sided poster, and the Color Your Critter DLC, which will allow players to choose the color of Nate’s sidekick. And to store everything, the set will be packed inside of box designed to look like a hardcover book.

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Genai calls, Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons deploys onto Steam

Mechs Mercs Black Talons (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 7

?The Black Talons are taking to the frontlines today in Kasedo Gamse’ Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons. As the leader of a mercenary company trapped on the besieged planet Genai, players must defend against the invading forces of the Tsarist Union and recapture territory to reinforce and resupply their troops.

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Aliens invade El Presidente’s domain in new Tropico 5 DLC, Surf’s Up!

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El Presidente protects his island from all threats, even from those beyond the stars. In the new Tropico 5 DLC add-on, Surf’s Up!, it’s up to the benevolent dictator to stop aliens from building an intergalactic highway across Tropico. The $3.99 expansion adds The Dolphinarium building, The Diving Mask avatar accessory, Qualichi sandbox map, and a new scenario that requires players to call upon the might of the Pacific Ocean’s many dolphins to repel the alien invasion.

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Chilled Mouse brings Warhammer Quest to PC, now on Steam

Warhammer Quest (PC) Steam Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Chilled Mouse has released Warhammer Quest for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The turn-based strategy game is based on Games Workshop’s board game, which pits a team of heroes against hordes of enemies scattered throughout the dungeons that dot the border of the Empire. Players can control and level up the Marauder, Wood Elf Waywatcher, Dwarf IronBreaker, and Grey Wizard as they battle Orcs, Night Goblins, River Trolls, and Skaven. Two versions are available, a $14.99 standard edition and a $27 expanded edition.

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Nordic Games to release Double Fine’s Broken Age in retail

Broken Age (Linux, Mac, PC) Retail Announcement - Screenshot 1

A retail boxed version of Broken Age will be hitting store shelves next spring, courtesy of Nordic Games. The publisher announced that they have struck a deal with developer Double Fine Productions, with versions slated for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The graphic adventure will join other Double Fine-developed titles published for retail by Nordic, including Costume Quest, Psychonauts and Stacking.

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