DiRT Showdown Racing Game Released Today For Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 17 August 2015 at 01:18 PM EDT. 28 Comments
DiRT Showdown is now available today on Steam for Linux. Before getting too excited for another racing game on Linux, this is a game port done by Virtual Programming.

DiRT Showdown is described on Steam as, "Race, crash and hoon your way through a world tour of motorised mayhem in DiRT Showdown! Crowd atmosphere, social gameplay and accessibility are all ramped up in this turbo- injected shot of driving delirium. Smash down the accelerator and earn the adulation of frenzied crowds at hyper-energised events at iconic locations. Trick, speed and smash your way to victory, then do it again."

Dirt Showdown was released for Windows in 2012 as a game powered by the EGO 2.0 engine and developed by Codemasters Southern. The Linux port that was released today was done by Virtual Programming and thus is using their controversial eON technology in the port as a wrapper/emulation layer to Linux... Past ports like the Witcher initially had performance issues and other troubles but will be interesting to see the quality of this newest Virtual Programming port.

Virtual Programm's product page for the game mentions the Linux system requirement for the GPU as having a NVIDIA/AMD OpenGL 4.1-capable graphics card with at least 1GB of video RAM, but ideally a NVIDIA/AMD OpenGL 4.2-capable graphics card while using the latest proprietary drivers. The Mesa/Gallium3D drivers aren't currently able to run this game.

Those interested in this game can find it on Steam for Linux and it's currently selling for $14.99 USD.
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