Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest

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МихаилZ Feb 28, 2015 @ 11:30pm
Linux?
Will this game supports Linux/SteamOS? Have you any plans to Linux porting?
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It's absolutely an exclusivity contract.

Once the game has faded into obscurity, and a dedicated fanbase does the porting work that the dev should be doing, we can all pick this up. That is, if we happen to remember it still exists by then.
thomasmahler  [developer] Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:24am 
Guys, making ports isn't something we as the developers can decide upon - We signed Ori and the Blind Forest with Microsoft, they paid for the party, so they call the shots. For the time being, Ori will only be available on Microsoft-owned platforms, such as Xbox, Win10, PC.
Cyber Killer Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:28am 
@thomasmahler: thanks for coming clean with this. Could you maybe additionally give some estimate how long this "time being" will be? :-)
glub ♥Linux Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:28am 
Well... I am sorely disappointed. :(
Teodosio Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:16am 
Ouch, the usual Microsoft making life difficult for everybody.
FutureSuture Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:49am 
Originally posted by thomasmahler:
Guys, making ports isn't something we as the developers can decide upon - We signed Ori and the Blind Forest with Microsoft, they paid for the party, so they call the shots. For the time being, Ori will only be available on Microsoft-owned platforms, such as Xbox, Win10, PC.
Dust: An Elysian Tail was published by Microsoft, but it's on Linux.

Mark of the Ninja was published by Microsoft, but it's on Linux.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet was published by Microsoft, but it's on Linux.

One would think that Ori and the Blind Forest on Linux is very much a possibility when considering the above. Please do look into this.

Also, since the game is on Steam, when is it coming to GOG? Quite a few people want to see it sold on GOG.[www.gog.com]
que movida Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:57am 
Originally posted by thomasmahler:
Guys, making ports isn't something we as the developers can decide upon - We signed Ori and the Blind Forest with Microsoft, they paid for the party, so they call the shots. For the time being, Ori will only be available on Microsoft-owned platforms, such as Xbox, Win10, PC.

Thanks for telling us!

waiting for the agreement to expire! :)
Pipeline Dec 30, 2015 @ 3:48pm 
ffs microsoft always ruining everything
About the money, I know Microsoft is not concerned about money (they lose obscene amounts of it in their gaming ventures), but is there an amount that could convince Moon to:
1. Publish anyhow and face the concequinces?
2. Never make a deal with Microsoft again?
em4n3m Dec 30, 2015 @ 4:23pm 
Originally posted by thomasmahler:
Guys, making ports isn't something we as the developers can decide upon - We signed Ori and the Blind Forest with Microsoft, they paid for the party, so they call the shots. For the time being, Ori will only be available on Microsoft-owned platforms, such as Xbox, Win10, PC.
For the time being... politically speaking for unless M$FT lose their heads.

Anyway, was so looking forward to buying Ori. I guess I won't.

Disappointed, but hey money is money and agreements are agreements. Hopefully next time you won't be in financial need of extra cash, so you can make your own choices.
Enjoy (or put to good use :) the extra cash, hopefully you won't have done too much reputational damage.

Proud owner of PS4 and Linux PC!
Last edited by em4n3m; Dec 30, 2015 @ 5:34pm
Originally posted by joejoebuckbuck:
I could say that a Linux user would be far more likely to steal a game than a Windows user because they're too cheap to even pay for an OS, but I realize that most people on Steam aren't thieves. I'm really only concerned with hard numbers instead of slander, and the numbers show that only 1.02% of Steam users run Linux and that the vast majority of games that come out don't get Linux ports.

I would say Windows users do steal in vast numbers. Many launches have been spoiled by illegitimate Windows users crashing the servers. Since none of you really pay for an OS (it comes preinstalled) this is not some nobility indicator. In fact many of us Linux users pay that same tax, and choose to delete it for our own free OS.

So I personaly class you in the group of lying & stealing Windows users. Who knows? Once Linux really gets going all the lying & stealing Winodws users like yourself could switch to Linux, and your statement could then be considered truth?
Last edited by =][= Emperor's Champion Jay; Dec 30, 2015 @ 6:40pm
Ya, Azure Cloud Switch is a Microsoft platform.
I'd buy it if I could run ACS and OBF on it. So get porting.
Originally posted by thomasmahler:
Guys, making ports isn't something we as the developers can decide upon - We signed Ori and the Blind Forest with Microsoft, they paid for the party, so they call the shots. For the time being, Ori will only be available on Microsoft-owned platforms, such as Xbox, Win10, PC.

I realize the logistics, and I don't blame you, because you did what you needed to do to get your game out there. As much as it pains me, I'd probably do the same, given your position. Your work can now be enjoyed by people, instead of being an unpublished dream. I understand.

But this is not my first rodeo. Your success with Ori will give you more capital, and you'll get excited about all the new possibilities. 18 or so months from now, this contract will expire,but you'll be knee deep in development of your next idea. It'll be exciting, and wonderful, but Ori will be a bulletpoint on a resume. Sure, you'll be proud of it, and you'll look back on it very fondly, but you won't have the time or spare staff to port your old game to a platform that isn't going to see a ROI for you.

So those of us who didn't buy into the Microsoft regime aren't ever going to get to play your game. And the Xbox isn't exactly known for its deep Metroidvania fanbase. These are older Nintendo and Sony fans, who grew up adoring Metroid and Castlevania. The relevance of your genius is all but lost on most of your current fanbase.

So I understand it, but it still saddens me. I miss out on what would likely have been a game that resonated with me for a long time. But I can't justify buying a console from a company whose machine failed on me six times last generation, nor will I buy an entire Windows PC for a single game.

So I'll wait. I'll be here, until the game gets put into a Mac/Linux wrapper, and I'll buy a legit copy to run it on. But it won't be for a long time, and I won't be able to show my appreciation that I would've liked to by purchasing the game at the price you likely deserve. And that's only if it ever gets a workaround at all. We'll just have to see.
Bl00dyHell Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:04pm 
We want play this game on GNU/Linux and OSX too :(
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