Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

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Linux support
Is Linux support coming now that it's using Unity?
If you need testers, you could upload a testbuild to a beta branch. I would be happy to help with testing!
Last edited by HerrNieschnell; Feb 14 @ 10:39am
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the_ewan Feb 14 @ 11:40am 
There's a Linux version of the original (well, the previous PC release, anyway), it's just never been on Steam for some reason. It was in a Humble Bundle at some point though. Slightly sadly, the Humble Store now only lists the Landmark Edition, and (like Steam) has that only available on Windows and Mac, which possibly has the effect of making the game actually unobtainable on Linux.

Which is a bit sad.
Thanks, I already know this and own it on humblebundle.
mphuZ Feb 15 @ 7:44am 
+1 for Linux Support
Yeti Feb 15 @ 9:17am 
Originally posted by the_ewan:
There's a Linux version of the original (well, the previous PC release, anyway), it's just never been on Steam for some reason. It was in a Humble Bundle at some point though. Slightly sadly, the Humble Store now only lists the Landmark Edition, and (like Steam) has that only available on Windows and Mac, which possibly has the effect of making the game actually unobtainable on Linux.

Which is a bit sad.
If you have previously bought Dear Esther on humblebundle.com you can still download it for Linux. Also, it seems you can still buy the original version from dear-esther.com
Last edited by Yeti; Feb 15 @ 9:18am
Please make a linux port
flesk Feb 19 @ 9:10am 
I would also appreciate a Linux version of the new Landmark Edition.
I'm sure that the steam version used to run on Linux, or am I mistaken?
Linux version please.
rcaljem Feb 19 @ 9:40pm 
You can download a GNU/Linux installer of Dear Esther from here, it consists of just one large file:

http://depositfiles.org/files/izmawiwpc

1) Download it -- MD5sum: 951127a283c3caf2c76031c7611d431d
2) Change the executable attribute to "ON"
3) Execute it from a terminal
4) PLAY!!

It worked great on my Ubuntu 14.04 x86_64. This is the Source engine version that was distributed at some point by Humble (no longer, since Humble now switched to the newer Unity engine version, called "Landmark Edition", which as of February of 2017 is available for Windows and Apple only).

In case you've got problems with the installation, you can use this video-tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP_fAB4f4Ug

This video-tutorial is in Portuguese, but it's so simple that you don't need to be a Portuguese speaker (I'm not) to understand it.
Last edited by rcaljem; Feb 21 @ 12:21am
I contacted the developer about a Linux version of Dear Esther Landmark Edition. There is no guarantee they will even reply, but if they do, I will post back. And if they don't reply, then it would seem to me, that the best way to see a Linux release, would be if the developer knows that there is enough interest from people in a Linux release. Though I really hope that rcaljem did not just post a link to the actual copyrighted game, because that certainly is not going to convince a developer they should release their game on Linux, or any other platform for that matter, and it is damaging to the cause, even if the intent was just to be helpful.
Last edited by drakkar123; Mar 15 @ 4:56pm
+1 For Linux support!
This was the reply I received from the developer about a the possibility of a Linux release. They specifically responded to my inquiry about the Unity engine being capable of outputting Linux binaries-

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There’s no plans for a Linux edition at this point – the basic reason is there’s just not enough demand for it. Even though the binaries are there in the engine, it’s never as simple as that, and you’ve still got to put it through external QA which is pretty costly for a small company like us (there’s only 11 of us, so we’ve got to be really careful about where we push our resources). At this point, I just can’t justify the time and cost for doing it. That’s not saying it’ll never happen, just not yet…



Hope that makes sense & all the best,



Dan

Studio Head
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Yeti Mar 26 @ 8:55am 
They removed the original version from dear-esther.com as well. rip linux.
drakkar123 Mar 26 @ 10:44am 
Originally posted by Yeti:
They removed the original version from dear-esther.com as well. rip linux.

That's unfortunate that they dropped it from their site. The original version is at least something and is better than having no version at all. I actually just contacted them about at least making the original Linux version available on Steam at least, so that there is something. I understand they are a very small studio, but the original version already had a Linux release, its just not available for purchase anywhere, anymore. So making the original Linux version available on Steam, seems like a very small request, and it would be better than nothing. It always seemed odd to me, that they had it available in the Humble Store, but not on Steam. I don't know if it was just an oversight, or if there was some reason for it. But, perhaps I will find out, if they reply about it.

But also, their reply about a Landmark Linux version, did not say they would never have a Linux version, just not at this time. Even if it isn't likely, it still sounds like they may at least be open to the possibility, at some point down the road. So perhaps RIP may be a bit premature, ...hopefully lol.
The sole reason that the developers ported the "title" into Unity Engine is the license limitations of Source Engine. When developers tried to outsource the GNU/Linux and console ports of the original title, they faced hefty price for additional OS support. That is why the functional Linux port could never made it to Steam... Then the company decided to move to Unity Engine.

Till this point, everything sounded reasonable to me; but not porting a simple Unity title into Linux due to lack of demand sound a bit lazy to me. Linux demand is there, most of the Linux users who purchased the bundles by hoping to play the game natively are poorly informed about the availability to play the original title without Steam, as it turned out. Yet, they ask for Linux port of the new game as they are ready to repurchase it; developers say "no demand."

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MD5 of the native.bin version of original Dear Esther:

951127a283c3caf2c76031c7611d431d

If you want to be 100% legal, buy the "Landmark Edition" on Humble Store, GOG or Steam, then download native.bin version somewhere else...

Edit: The Linux version is still available on Ubuntu Apps Directory. Anyone who wants to play it on Linux better get it before that one will be taken down as well.

https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/dearesther-meta/
Last edited by metal revolution; Apr 1 @ 1:20am
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