The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Is Coming To SteamOS, Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 7 June 2014 at 11:24 AM EDT. 55 Comments
LINUX GAMING --
For anyone firing up Steam today for some weekend gaming, you may notice there's a large advertisement on Steam's main page with a notice that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to SteamOS (Linux).

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is not being released until February of 2015 but it can already be pre-purchased via Steam where there is a 10% savings. The Withcer 3: Wild Hunt is an action role-playing game powered by REDengine 3. This latest Witcher game has been confirmed for Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One while now this Steam confirmation of the game coming to SteamOS makes it also confirmed for Linux. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was officially announced as being under development in early 2013.


News of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming to Linux isn't too much of a surprise given that The Witcher 2 was recently released for Linux. However, many Linux gamers are upset with the Linux port of The Witcher 2 as it's not a truly native port but is using the eON porting layer. The performance of The Witcher 2 using this eON wrapper layer is quite poor and buggy, but hopefully it will be improved in the months ahead or we'll see a "real" port of Wild Hunt for its launch next February.

Those wanting to learn more about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can visit the Steam Store and watch the new E3 trailer from this week.

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