My beloved Kerbal Space Program has been updated to version 0.24, dubbed “First Contract” because of an enhanced Career mode:
Players will now have the opportunity to take on Contracts, manage Funds, a new in-game currency that allows players to buy rocket and plane parts, and earn Reputation for their efforts. Reputation is raised for completed contracts and bringing Kerbals back in one piece. Failing missions, or gasp, blowing them up lowers Reputation.
Squad has also posted a FAQ to address the most common questions.
The Verge posted a look at The Nightmare Cooperative as an intro to the usually uncompromisingly sadistic roguelike genre:
At the outset, you control a single explorer, moving one square at a time through a series of rooms. The turn-based structure means that speed isn’t important, but every time you make a move your enemies will do the same, forcing you to plan ahead accordingly. Where things get especially tricky is that your party will grow as you meet other explorers along the way — and you’ll control the entire group at the same time.
This is the first I’ve heard of it, and it looks neat:
The Linux Version of Battlepaths is now available on the store! Hundreds of thousands of Linux users will finally be able to save the world from the evil Chaos Overlord, fighting their way through the realms and testing their might in the Halls of Challenge.
A new development release of Wine has been released. New items in this release include:
- Support for Unicode bracketing pairs.
- Improved Internet cookie support.
- OS X CoreAudio driver uses AUHAL instead of AudioQueue.
- Initial support for geographical information.
- Various bug fixes.
Download: [ Wine 1.7.22 ]
Previously you’ve been able to escape as a goat, but did you know that you can’t escape being a goat? That’s right, in Goat Simulator by Coffee Stain Studios you are the goat as you thrash about a town looking for things to lick and bleat and kick at.
Even though the game’s official website doesn’t reflect the newly available port you can download it through Steam. I’m not kidding.
Since its inception, the XCOM Project has scoured the globe in search of the best and brightest military and scientific personnel to defend Earth from the alien invasion.
Today marks the availability of a new technology that will enable even more world-class recruits to join the fight, as XCOM: Enemy Unknown is released for Linux.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a SteamPlay title that runs on Ubuntu 14.04 and Valve’s SteamOS. The base game and all the add-on content, including the explosive expansion pack XCOM: Enemy Within, are available now from Steam.
All of the DLC expansions are also available through Steam, and XCOM is on sale for the next 48 hours.
Aspyr, “The Greatest Mac Publisher on Earth, ever” has shipped their first game for Linux. Civilization V and the various DLC expando-packs are now available on Steam. The system requirements for the game’s Steam listing and the announcement post both mention that this release is specifically targeting Steam OS rather than Steam for Linux on Ubuntu.
Civ V is also 75% off for the next 20 hours.
Citing developmental delays with the Steam Controller, which has now gone wireless, Valve has moved their estimates of when the first Steam Machines will launch to 2015:
We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It’s generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we’ll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it’s also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.
If you’d like to live underground and use bullets for currency in a post-apocalyptic FPS, you’re going to get that chance this summer when Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are re-released with upgrades. Though it seems like 2033 will see the largest upgrade by getting upgraded to the engine that 4A Games used in Last Light, there is a significant amount (10 hours) of additional DLC included in the Redux version of Last Light that you might have missed. This will also be the first time we get to play Metro 2033 under Linux. If you already own Last Light you can get a 50% discount on a pre-purchase of the new edition.
Do you like beating peasants in the town square? If that screenshot is accurate it looks like you might have the opportunity in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Long Game Titles. The RPG about this dude named Geralt is currently on sale for $3.99 on Steam, and finally available for Linux three years after it was released.
Valve has released Steam’s In-Home Streaming to everyone. This feature for Steam lets you stream the video and audio output of a game from a Windows host PC to Linux client (and other operating systems) while transferring the input from the client to the host. This allows for you to play games that haven’t been ported yet if you’ve still got a machine running Windows that is powerful enough to stream the game, or to set up a machine attached to your TV that streams from your desktop.
Word is that Linux will be added as a host soon. There’s a support article with more details and a community group to discuss the feature. Notably, most of the announcements are written, and the software was presumably also developed, by former Loki Software employee, Sam Lantinga.