Feral Interactive is a studio that specializes in porting games to MacOS and other platforms. Earlier today, following the announcement of the Mythos DLC for A Total War Saga: Troy, it was announced on Twitter that it would bring both the base game and the MacOS DLC to Steam after the release of Windows. At the same time, however, he also said that work will not resume on a previously announced Linux port, as Valve has effectively killed the market.
"The Linux port was put on hold while Troy was exclusive to Epic, and we are not resuming development of the Steam version," the study explained. "We will continue to evaluate the feasibility of bringing games to Linux, but overall there is less demand for native titles since the release of Proton by Valve."
The Linux port was put on hold while TROY was exclusive to Epic and we are not resuming development of the Steam version. We will continue to evaluate the feasibility of bringing games to Linux, but overall there is less demand for native titles since the release of Proton Valve.July 27, 2021
Developed by Valve and released in 2018, Proton is a compatibility layer that allows Windows-based games to run on Linux. As we explained in our paper guide to switching a gaming PC to Linux, works great: it is based on a branch of Wine compatibility software, with features that make it much more capable of handling games than Wine itself. It is a central part of Steam Play, and also the next Steam Deck handheld device, which will immediately use Linux-based SteamOS with Proton that will allow Windows-based games.
Overall, it’s good for Linux gamers, but it’s not as hot for this particular subset of Linux gamers who insist on native games. And there are some who are not happy with this development.
"Making Windows games run on Linux has a certain handful to make them work well," redditor Coll_Os dit. "While Proton is nice for developers who can't / don't want to work hard to get a good port, it's far from a good native version that just works."
Another, Khanstant, described Proton as a "double-edged sword" because "the better it is done, the fewer incentive developers have to make Linux releases when a version of Linux is more of a beneficial scenario than a prudent business decision."
This is a reality that others like Noname932, he noted in his support of Proton. "I really like Linux and am planning to use it for my next PC version … but widespread adoption of games on Linux is impossible, so this is the preferred outcome for me. they wrote. "Without Proton, the amount of games playable on Linux is and will always be tiny."
Not surprisingly, it doesn't seem likely that much effort will be made on native Linux ports in the future: in a follow-up tweet, the study said it will continue to support existing games, but in terms of future development of Linux, only repeated that it will “evaluate the feasibility” of doing so in the future.