Linux gamers rejoice as Aspyr Media releases Civilization V for SteamOS

In today's open source roundup: Civilization V released for SteamOS. Plus: Run Civilization V on your Chromebook, and how well does Civilization V run on Linux?

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Linux, open source

Civilization V has been released for SteamOS. This is wonderful news for Linux gamers, particularly those that favor these kinds of strategy games. Civilization V is a major game, and it's release bodes well for the future of Linux gaming. You can get it right now on the Steam store, and it's on sale as I write this (but you better hurry if you want the sale price).

According to Steam:

Aspyr Media is pleased to announce our first Linux and SteamOS title, Sid Meier’s Civilization V. The SteamOS release includes all Civilization V DLC and expansion content, including Gods & Kings and Brave New World.

This release targets SteamOS on current gen hardware. Additionally, we're working towards supporting Ubuntu 14.04 as well as additional video cards in future updates.

More at Steam

Hat tip: GamingOnLinux

Apparently it's a native Linux game, it doesn't use wrappers like some other games. That should provide a significantly better experience for Linux gamers, given that games using wrappers generally don't seem to perform as well as native releases.

Linux gamers on Reddit are already celebrating the release of Civilization V. And who can blame them? We've waited a long time for this and now it's finally here.

Run Civilization V on your Chromebook
I bumped into another thread on Reddit that indicates you can run Civilization V on a Chromebook via Crouton.

According to Reddit ChromeOS:

Got it running on my Acer c720p with Crouton as well. I've got all the settings on low (but not "minimal"). The really cool thing is the game works flawlessly with the touch screen. Buttons are easy to click, and you panning the map with the touch screen is really smooth and responsive. I just wish you could pinch to zoom.

More at Reddit ChromeOS

This is certainly good news for Aspyr, given the popularity of Chromebooks these days. The fact that the game runs on Chromebooks already might help sales as word spreads about it among Chromebook owners.

If you aren't familiar with Crouton, see this helpful article about how to install Ubuntu Linux on your Chromebook. It will give you some background on Crouton and tips on how to use it on your Chromebook.

How well does Civilization V run in Linux?
There's also another Reddit thread by someone who bought the game that indicates that this is a high-quality release. This gamer was quite pleased with his purchase.

According to Reddit Linux:

I am on the latest version of Manjaro, with an AMD 7950 (we all know how bad these drivers are), Core i5 2400 and I can run the game maxed out with Vsync on. Its just...its perfect, its runs very smoothly without any stuttering or FPS drops. Thank you Civ 5 development team, props to these guys on a really good linux port.

More at Reddit Linux

What a great day to be a Linux gamer! Who would have thought we'd ever have a native Linux release of a blockbuster game like Civilization V? Linux gaming has come such a very long way over the last couple of years. But it's still early and the release of Civilization V is just a harbinger of even bigger and better things to come.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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