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    Phoronix: Egosoft Gets To Releasing Their Games On Linux

    Back in November, Egosoft expressed interest in bringing their games to Linux over Steam, and now this effort is becoming a reality. X3 Reunion is in beta under their in-house porting efforts...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI4NTc

  • #2
    I don't understand. Χ3-Reunion has been already ported by LGP and now is being ported once again by Egosoft?

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    • #3
      Their LGP versions are practically unusable on modern distros. Will they sell their new builds outside Steam? It's going to be really annoying if all these new ports will be distributed only through DRMed channels.
      Last edited by shmerl; 01-28-2013, 12:57 PM.

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      • #4
        Unusable? Why?

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        • #5
          Probably built for older systems. Last time I tried - it didn't work. Example:

          http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=82285

          I can give it a try again, since Debian testing already switched to multiarch proper and it could be some x86_64 / i386 issue.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by shmerl View Post
            Their LGP versions are practically unusable on modern distros. Will they sell their new builds outside Steam? It's going to be really annoying if all these new ports will be distributed only through DRMed channels.
            Steam don't enforce DRM usage.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
              Steam don't enforce DRM usage.
              Can you get the installer for the game and install it without connecting to Steam? And then run it without running Steam client? If so - then indeed it doesn't enforce DRM. But I was under the impression that above is impossible. For example Desura offers their client as a convenient way to get updates, but you can always get the standalone installer if you need to.

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              • #8
                As an owner of X2 and X3 in steam i'm very happy.

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                • #9
                  So how do you get access to the beta? Is it just a case of already owning a copy on Steam?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by shmerl View Post
                    Can you get the installer for the game and install it without connecting to Steam? And then run it without running Steam client? If so - then indeed it doesn't enforce DRM. But I was under the impression that above is impossible.
                    Steam is only always requred for the initial download.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by carbs View Post
                      So how do you get access to the beta? Is it just a case of already owning a copy on Steam?
                      Found the answer to my own question in the Community hub on Steam...

                      The Linux version of X3: Reunion has just entered public beta testing and is available to anyone owning the game.
                      For technical support and news please visit: http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=332472

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                      • #12
                        Dammit !. Have the LGP port not the win version.

                        Shame as x3 don't like ATI/AMD cards.

                        Not tried 13.x drivers.


                        Pete.

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                        • #13
                          Yeah I have the LGP version as well and now I own the Steam version, once I bought the Windows version on Steam the Linux version showed up too... So I'm just installing it now.

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                          • #14
                            Bought the Steam version and been running on my Arch64 system with an NVIDIA GTX460. Seems to be running great. The opening in-game cinematic was a bit jerky between transitions but I think they may have already fixed or at least improved that.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by shmerl View Post
                              Can you get the installer for the game and install it without connecting to Steam? And then run it without running Steam client? If so - then indeed it doesn't enforce DRM. But I was under the impression that above is impossible. For example Desura offers their client as a convenient way to get updates, but you can always get the standalone installer if you need to.
                              Developers can choose if they want to use the Steamworks DRM. If they don't, the game can be copied to a computer that doesn't even have Steam and will run fine. The in-house Paradox Interactive games like Europa Universalis, Victoria and Hearts of Iron are examples of this (the files are identical whether you get them from Steam or another retailer).

                              However, I think most games (at least ones from major developers) do opt-in to using the Steamworks DRM (I don't have statistics). You can still play them without internet access, but Steam has to be running and logged in (there's an offline mode).
                              Last edited by strcat; 01-28-2013, 11:32 PM.

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