Civilization: Beyond Earth Likely To Drop Intel/AMD Linux Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 3 December 2014 at 07:50 PM EST. 114 Comments
While many Linux gamers are waiting for Civilization: Beyond Earth to premiere for Linux, if you're an ATI/AMD or Intel Linux graphics driver user you might be out of luck.

There's a new blog post out by Aspyr Media who has been doing the OS X and Linux porting work for the Sid Meier game. In today's update, Russ Looney shares that they've been running into graphical problems with Intel and AMD GPUs on Linux. It's not a performance problem but of incorrect rendering.

Looney noted, "we’re seeing some graphical problems with Intel and ATI cards on Linux. The performance is good (i.e. no slowdown or chugging frame rates), but there’s still lots of graphical tearing and other anomalies that make it practically unplayable. Though not official yet, it’s likely we’ll drop support for Intel and ATI graphics cards on Linux platforms prior to the game’s launch on Linux."

There's not yet any firm release date for the Linux version but there's been some hope we'd see it out in December. However, it looks like the Linux build of Civilization: Beyond Earth for SteamOS and Linux is still several weeks away. More details via this blog post.
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