Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
WalterCool Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:58am
Will this game be launched on Linux?
This game is one of my main reason to have Windows installed, but I hate using Windows interface, so, I'm played something like 20hrs.

If was released on OSX, why not on Linux, far as I know, this game uses Python (available on all systems), codecs ogg (opensourced' and mostly used on Linux) and as I know, with Wine works great.
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Lintor Mar 3, 2013 @ 1:37pm 
It's never quite that simple. Look at the difference in time it took between the OSX version and Linux versions of TF2. And it still doesn't work compeltely right.
WalterCool Mar 3, 2013 @ 5:32pm 
Well, isn't long time, because Steam was porting their full platform to linux and takes almost 2y, TF2 doesn't take too much time since steam platform was on Linux. The hardest part porting a game is the game engine (if is OpenGL should not be so hard, that's the main benefit of openGL) and the client, because resources are mostly linked with game engine. I know Civ IV is a homemade game engine, I don't know if they can do something, but a official info should be thanked.

I must append, a lot of game engines today support Linux, for example, UDK and Unity3D
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bluepiercedpixie Mar 15, 2013 @ 6:19pm 
In my library, this game shows up twice, I assumed one copy was windows, and the other copy was for Linux. But I guess I could be wrong, maybe thats the copy for macs.
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WalterCool Mar 16, 2013 @ 4:20am 
Sadly not, one copy is for 32bits and the other is for 64bits. Would be nice if we could use one on Linux. By the way, if someone have crossover (when was free for limited time), this game works flawless (and maybe better than Windows)
Navarre Apr 12, 2013 @ 11:33pm 
Originally posted by WalterCool:
Sadly not, one copy is for 32bits and the other is for 64bits.
How do we know which is which?
WalterCool Apr 16, 2013 @ 5:44am 
You can only install your 32bits OR 64bits. Steam will disable 32bits if you have 64bits or otherwise. Shouldn't be very important this info.
Last edited by WalterCool; Apr 16, 2013 @ 5:44am
Navarre Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:19pm 
Ok, thanks.
TH0TH May 22, 2013 @ 6:05am 
It's definitely the mac version, there has never been a x64 version of Civ4. It'll only let you install the right one for your O/s.
Clearer Jan 30 @ 3:33am 
Originally posted by Lintor:
It's never quite that simple. Look at the difference in time it took between the OSX version and Linux versions of TF2. And it still doesn't work compeltely right.
If you have an OS X version of a game (or anything really) and a Windows version, churning out a Linux version should be about half a days work (it's pretty much just window management, audio, keyboard and pointer interaction which is pretty easy -- if you're using something like SDL it should be about 10 minutes worth of work). If you end up with a version which has some novel bug that's not present on either of the other platforms (and isn't related to the OS dependent parts) it's because of that good old "bad design" thing that seems to be infecting everything these days.
stalker.ru Mar 7 @ 10:27am 
Hello. Is here anyone playing Civ4 through Wine? I've got a problem, which comes up NOT every launch, but most of them. I can skip videos, choose in menus and even play using mouseclicks. But if I press anything on keyboard, it crashes. Also sometimes it crashes when I choose any 'Scenarios' in 'Singleplayer' or when I try to load mods. That's a bit strange because rarely I can skip videos with Esc end choose in menu with Enter.
Could someone help? Thank you!
kpetrmail Apr 28 @ 3:20pm 
Originally posted by bluepiercedpixie:
In my library, this game shows up twice, I assumed one copy was windows, and the other copy was for Linux. But I guess I could be wrong, maybe thats the copy for macs.
Yes, this is evidently an OS X copy. It has been there before Steam for Linux.
Lalo3d Jun 20 @ 8:09am 
Civ 5 was released in LInux, so i think there is some hope for Civ 4.
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