Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Linux

Soldak tackles the undead with new game, Zombasite

Zombasite (PC) Announcement - Soldak Logo

Drox Operative developer Soldak Entertainment has announced their next release, Zombasite. As with previous Soldak titles, the game will be an action RPG set in a dynamic world that’s populated by warring factions and potential allies. There will also be a dash of fantasy, though, as the dead are brought back because of a parasite created by the accidental fusion of a spell cast by a necromancer and the magic of dark elves. The infected retain some of their former skills while also developing new powers as the parasite attempts to spread itself to others. Players will take on the role of a clan leader, alone or with a friend in co-op multiplayer, trying to survive the undead hordes as well as maintain their clan’s numbers by keeping its members from becoming infected. As the leader, players will also be able to negotiate with, trade with, and raid other clans in a constantly evolving game world.

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GOG.com begins Big Fall Sale with discounts, copy of Mount & Blade

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GOG.com has kicked off their Big Fall Sale. As has become a trend in recent years, the service will be offering free games throughout the promotion, including Mount & Blade and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The original Mount & Blade is the first freebie, and the first bundle of the day features Blade: Warband and Mount & Blade: With Sword and Fire for 75% off. By the end of the sale, over 700 titles will have been discounted for up to 90% off through on-going sales, two daily bundles, and 40-minute flash deals.

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Space Hulk: Ascension Edition dated for Nov. 12, new developer diary

The Space Marines are nearly done prepping for their next mission and will be heading out on November 12 in Space Hulk: Ascension Edition. In addition to revealing the launch date, developer Full Control also released a new developer diary trailer focusing on level design and interface. Some of the new features for Ascension Edition include an RPG-like progression and customization system, new rules and mission structures, 103 missions covering three campaign chapters, and new Genestealer types.

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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition launches for Android, PC

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Beamdog has followed up their Baldur’s Gate re-releases with another Infinity Engine-powered title, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. This new version features remastered high-res art, cross-platform multiplayer support, spells and kits from Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and both expansions, Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster. All of the improvements from Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition are also included, plus new and restored content cut from the original Icewind Dale.

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GOG.com giving away Aliens vs. Predator, Linux library grows

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For the next 48 hours, GOG.com is offering a free copy of Aliens versus Predator to users who sign up to beta test GOG Galaxy. GOG Galaxy is the service’s upcoming multiplayer client, and the game is being provided as a way for gamers to try the system and for GOG to see how the infrastructure holds up under increased stress. Bearing in mind that this is Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000, one of the better titles to use the licenses, and that the game will remain in the user’s library, this is a pretty nice bonus. A cross-compatibility update with Steam is set to go live “soon.” GOG-ers (if we can make that a thing) can head here to sign up for a copy.

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Tropico 5 now available online for Linux, Mac and SteamOS

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The Tropican Department of Information has announced that El Presidente has single–handedly, and most gloriously, completed development of Tropico 5 for Linux, Mac, and SteamOS. Available through the Mac App Store and Steam, the latest installment adds a new Dynasty System to the series’ traditional city-building and political elements, allowing players to extend their rule through multiple eras. The App Store version features cross-platform multiplayer, while the Steam version also supports cross-platform multiplayer as well as Big Picture Mode and controllers. Steam users who already purchased Tropico 5 can download the new versions for free.

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Tropico 5 set to go live online for Linux, Mac on September 19

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Kalypso has announced that the Linux and Mac versions of Haemimont Games city- and political-management sim Tropico 5 will be added to Steam on September 19. Both versions will feature cross-platform multiplayer through SteamPlay, plus support for controllers and Big Picture Mode. Windows gamers who have already purchased the game will be able to download the new versions for free.

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Cyber Rhino launches campaign for PC shooter Gryphon Knight Epic

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A new Kickstarter has launched for a new side-scrolling shooter with a medieval theme, Gryphon Knight Epic. Developed by Cyber Rhino Studios, the Brazilian developer is looking for $18,000 to fund the title for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. In addition to traditional shooter elements, the game is said to also include exploration and duel-like boss battles, as Sir Oliver and his faithful gryphon Aquila battle through six levels that feature branching paths and two bosses. The buy-in price to gain a download voucher is $10, and the rewards go up from there to the single-slot Ultimate Cyber Rhino Gryphon!!! package for $1,500, which will allow the flush backer to assist with designing a stage, a plushy of the duo, and more.

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Clockwork Empires heading to Steam Early Access next month

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Colonial overlords Gaslamp Games has decided to send their steampunk-flavored survival-management sim Clockwork Empires to the wilds of the Internet, also known as Steam Early Access. The latest version will go live on August 15 for $29.99. In an alternate, dystopian past, players will serve as a Junior Bureaucrat of the Empire and lead a band of colonists as they attempt to survive against Cthulhu-esque cosmic horrors, murderers, and their own ambitions. Each colonist will have their own personality traits that might see them become a proper citizen of the Empire or turn against their neighbors in service to their own avarice (damnable mumpers and bludgers!). Players can attempt to follow assignments issued by the Empire or strike out on their own with a faction of their choosing.

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Kasedo to publish new strategy title, Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons

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Kasedo Games has announced a new mech-themed real-time strategy title, Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons. As commander of the Black Talons mercenary outfit, players must team up with the defeated Genai forces in order to escape their conquered planet by breaking the blockade set up by the victorious Tzanar Union. The campaign will unfold to include up to five worlds, and progress is determined by how much the player affects a local system’s balance of power and their relations with other factions. Squads will be persistent and customizable, made up of specialized units with their own abilities, skill trees, and unique weapons. The Black Talons’ base will also be customizable with facilities to boost squad skills and numbers as well as bombard enemy units.

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