Our long national nightmare has ended as Valve updated their Left 4 Dead blog with news of co-op Zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2′s general availability for Linux:
The Extended Mutation System, Linux support, and other features and fixes are moving to Left 4 Dead 2 proper. Thanks to everyone who helped test all the changes in the Beta Build. You can find a complete list of the change notes here.
Linux The Linux conversion is ready for primetime so we are opening it up to more people and releasing it officially on Steam. This will let us get feedback on more builds and distros.
The game itself is available at 75% off this weekend ($4.99 ‘merican) , and you can play it for free until Sunday at 1PM Pacific time.
Source, the game engine developed by Valve, just got an update to its software development kit to support Linux:
We have released an update to the Source SDK, bringing support for Mac OS X and Linux to mod developers and exposing the ability for virtual reality support in your mod. The biggest change with this update is that we are using github to host the source code. You will find the code here. This Source SDK 2013 release also includes a new license that can be found here. This new license allows mod authors to share their changes to the SDK more easily.
The other change with the Source SDK is that now Hammer and the other mod tools ship with their respective games instead of as part of the SDK Launcher. The launcher itself is being phased out, so it will disappear from your Tools list. You can find information about how to run the tools from the games here.
The source for this new SDK release includes the latest code for all the included games, and has many new features: • The games now build and run clients on Windows, OSX, and Linux. Dedicated servers are supported on Windows and Linux. • Steam Pipe (the new Steam content delivery system) is supported by the sample mods. Existing mods can change their gameinfo.txt to match the new format and gain Steam Pipe support. • Support for Virtual Reality via the Oculus Rift has been added to the SDK. Running a compatible mod with -vr on the command line will run the mod in stereo and enable head tracking on the Rift.
We just got the first Hotline Miami in Humble Bundle 8. Join us now and share the simulated murder in this trailer for Hotline Miami 2. Here’s the blurb:
A brutal conclusion to the gruesome saga, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number follows the escalating level of violence through multiple factions born from the events of the original game and driven by uncertain motivations. Step into the murderous mind of several distinct characters – each with their own motivations and methods of execution — as storylines intersect and reality slips away into a haze of neon and carnage. Blistering combat, an unmistakable visual style, and a powerfully intense soundtrack will once again push you to the limit and questioning your own thirst for blood.
Plus their soundtracks and a game called Pulse that’s only available for Android.
You’ll have to pay more than the average price (currently $4.69 in United States of Ameribucks) if you want Frozen Synapse and Broken Sword (you do.) Anything over one dollar nets you Steam keys. Linux builds of Broken Sword and Fractal aren’t on Steam yet, hopefully they’ll get there soon.
Save the Date by Chris Cornell of Paper Dino Software is a strange game. I just finished playing through it. It’s a visual novel which is a graphical choose your own adventure type of deal if you’ve never played one. Kind of like interactive fiction. Save the Date is different from many of those and to say much more would be to spoil it, so…
All four are also available now through Steam individually and on the ubuntu software center. You’ve got about a week left to order the bundle at any price, but you’ll have to pay more than the average price (at the time of writing is a little under $6 USD) to get these four new games. If you’ve already bought the bundle at more than the average price the new games are on your receipt page or in your account.
If you’re not familiar with Wolfire’s bunny combat simulator, here’s how the developer describes it:
Follow Turner, a rebel bunny rabbit with impressive combat skills in his quest to find those responsible for slaughtering his village. Uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving the corrupt leaders of the rabbit republic and the wolves of the nearby lands.
We’re going to find out when you check out Secret of the Magic Crystals:
In this game you manage a horse-breeding farm set in a fantasy surrounding. The game enables you to breed legendary horses such as Pegasus, Unicorn, Fire-steed, Ice-steed and Demon-steed. You can buy over 700 objects during the game. Make all kinds of horseshoes as well as lots of magical potions for your horses. If they are exhausted or ill, you are able to cure and look after them. Your horses and colts need lots of care and that’s the way they recover their strengths. You can train your horses on four different fields in five levels of difficulty. You can even breed them in order to have more talented horses. Different horse races help you to gather 25 kinds of cups and you can send your horses to complete 30 exciting missions.
I’m told by a friend’s review that his daughter enjoys this game very much. We won’t judge you if you do, too.
I’m not sure what this has to do with England, or the countryside, but I can assume there is some kind of musical accompaniment in English Country Tune. A puzzle game boasting “Genuine 3D gameplay”
English Country Tune is a luxuriant abstract 3D puzzle game brought to you by increpare, the first commercial project of a developer who’s brought you nearly 200 freeware games to date.
Over the course of more than a hundred levels situated throughout 17 worlds, you’ll become acquainted with a wide variety of very different mechanics, none of them what they first may appear, and which will combine together in challenging ways.
Cardboard Computer released Kentucky Route Zero, an episodic point and click “magical realist adventure game” with the flat shaded art style depicted above in January and have updated with the second act out of five total.
If you’ve ever wanted to cut somebody open without any actual consequences, you can do so now in Shank. Previously only available in the ephemeral Humble Bundle 4, Ryan “teh icculus” Gordon tweeted the news out:
Shank/linux is now on Steam: http://t.co/NM9OuAdWBk …now with SDL2 (rumble support, Big Picture Mode, better fullscreen, etc).
We’d like to start by welcoming all you lovely new Linux users to our game. We are now supplying builds for Linux via steam and as a standalone download from our website. (Free to all users of course). The game should be widely compatible across the various Linux distributions, but please let us know if you have problems by logging bugs in our bug tracker. We have targeted Ubuntu 12.04 (32 bit and 64 bit) as a starting point, and we anticipate wider compatibility in later alphas. Please note that we do require glibc 2.15 or later, which unfortunately means Prison Architect does not currently work on Debian Stable.
The open-source voice chat program, Mumble, has updated to version 1.2.4 and now features the Opus codec:
This new codec will allow Mumble to perform better at even lower bitrates then previously possible. It incorporates technology from Skype’s SILK codec and Xiph.Org’s CELT codec, previously the main codec for Mumble.
We are also happy to see our positional audio technology seeing wider adoption in the gaming world with Valve including support in many of their source engine games. Namely Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Counter-Strike: Source and Day of Defeat: Source on all supported platforms including Linux and Mac OS X.
Positional audio allows you to hear your teammates from the position they are in-game without any changes to your Mumble server. On any game server.
Turn-based strategy RPG Expeditions: Conquistador has been released on Steam and sounds pretty sick:
Conquer the New world: In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers and soldiers reached the shores of America. The search for gold, fame, and adventure drove these travelers into a treacherous wilderness where they faced hunger, disease, and dangerous predators. In their wake, the Aztec Empires lay in ruins.
Re-write the history of the Conquistadors: Forge diplomatic alliances with the natives… or crush the savages and bring civilization to the pagan tribes! Create an expedition of individual characters: Choose your followers wisely from over 30 characters, but be careful – they each have their own traits, opinions and moral standards.
Hunt for unimaginable riches and fight intense battles in the unforgiving jungle. In this turn based strategy RPG, a cunning plan is as vital as thoughtful resource management. Expeditions: Conquistador offers a rich storyline separated into two campaigns, challenging players throughout 25+ hours of gameplay. Strategy veterans as well as newbies will find their turn-based El Dorado!
Hotline Miami and Dear Esther are two of my all-time favorite games. Unfortunately Dear Esther (review) is only available in a non-native, pretendulated, version as Jeffrey Rosen notes:
The Dear Esther Linux build on your download page was made by CodeWeavers, which means that it is based on a custom-tailored version of Wine (a re-implementation of the Windows API under Linux). While it is not a “genuine native port”, it should run great on Linux machines and is professionally supported. CodeWeavers will promptly address and fix bugs as they are discovered.
During the making of Humble Indie Bundle 8, the version of the Source engine, which Dear Esther is based on, came to Linux natively. This made it possible for us to commission Ryan Gordon to create a fully-native version of Dear Esther, as well.
While I was hoping to be able to announce that we are running the world’s nerdiest taste test, and pit CodeWeavers’ Wine based port versus the native port, the native port is not quite ready yet.
The native port is planned to come soon to Humble Indie Bundle 8 customers (without an ETA) and also, expect a few last minute fixes to CodeWeavers’ version soon.