Open gaming roundup for December 4-17, 2016
1,000+ Linux games on Steam, Godot's new 3D renderer, and more gaming news
In this open gaming roundup, we take a look at Godot's current development on a new 3D renderer, 1,000 Linux games on Steam, new releases, and more.
More than 1,000 games released on Steam with Linux support
Gaming On Linux reported that more than 1,000 games have been released on Steam this year with Linux Support. Another interesting fact is that 38% of games on Steam were released this year—a clear sign of both an increase in gaming on Steam and Linux gaming.
Godot working on a new 3D renderer
Open source game engine Godot is working on a new 3D rendering system. According to a report by Gaming On Linux, Godot developers "will be sticking with GLES 3.0 instead of Vulkan (for now) due to driver support." For full details on current progress, check out the reports on the official Godot site.
Steam drops 32-bit Linux support
A major Steam update released December 12 has removed support for the Steam Web Browser on 32-bit Linux distributions. Although not mentioned in the release notes, it is listed in the updated official Steam Knowledge Base. Users who are still running a 32-bit distro will see a "The Steam Browser is disabled" message when accessing the Steam Store.
Other gaming news
- Hardware maker Razer has joined The Khronos Group to back open standards
- The next driver release from NVIDIA will support using Vulkan without needing the X11 on Linux
- AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 actually released, with FreeSync and wider GPU support
- Unity 5.6 beta with Vulkan is now available
- News Steam client update and feature upgrade
New games on Linux
Lara Croft GO
Lara Croft GO, a turn-based puzzle adventure spinoff from Tomb Raider is available on Steam. From the game description:
"Lara Croft GO is a turn-based puzzle-adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover well-kept secrets, and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom."
"Political Animals is an election simulation game set within a fictional world populated by corrupt crocodiles and meritocratic mice. In a political contest where corruption is always around the corner, we want players to find out how incorruptible they really are."
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun has been released on Steam for Linux. From the game description:
"Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. A new Shogun seizes power over Japan and enforces nationwide peace. In his battle against conspiracy and rebellion, he recruits five specialists with extraordinary skills for assassination, sabotage, and espionage."