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30+ Awesome Linux Games to Look Forward to in 2019

Upcoming Linux Games in 2019
Written by Martins D. Okoi

2018 was filled with a lot of good news for game lovers – a trend which became significant in 2017 and now that 2019 is here we are certain that the best is yet to come.

There are several game titles which were not available to Linux gamers last year but because 2019 looks promising, check out the games you might be enjoying this new season.

1. Mosaic

Mosaic is a 3D adventure seemingly horror game with 2D puzzle elements from the same guys who brought us Among the Sleep, Krillbite Studio.

2. Stoneshard

Stoneshard is a turn-based RPG in which you explore vast hostile procedurally-generated medieval and manage your caravan while struggling to stay alive and maintain your sanity. “Embark on an epic journey and decide the fate of a kingdom in this grim adventure!”

3. Voxel Tycoon

Voxel Tycoon is a strategy game where you play as a construction tycoon with the purpose of building complex transport systems, factories, companies, etc.

4. Jon Shafer’s At the Gates

From Jon Shafer, the designer of Civilization 5, At the Gates is an indie strategy game where you play as the dark age lord tasked with building a kingdom to replace the crumbling Roman Empire. In it, you manage clans, explore the surrounding lands, etc in order to build a giant economy and military power.

5. The First Men

A real-time 4x strategy in a fantasy world. Customize your Adam and Eve, go head-to-head with other races while conducting diplomacy, waging war, and advancing The First Men.

6. Monster Crown

Monster Crown – Dark Monster Catching Game with True Crossbreeds Featuring a brand new dynamic breeding system and a deep story in a world filled to the brim with optional content. Offer contracts to dangerous beasts and breed them to create new species.

7. Xenosis: Alien Infection

In Xenosis: Alien Infection, you find yourself deep in space as a salvage hunter who just discovered the remains of a spaceship thought to have been destroyed over 50 years ago, the Starship Carpathian. “The data core housed in the ship’s AI will be worth a lifetime of credits on the Black Market, so you dock with the ship to retrieve it.”

8. Beyond Blue

Set in the near future, players will explore the mysteries of our ocean through the eyes of Mirai, the lead on a newly formed research team that will use groundbreaking technologies to see, hear, and sense the ocean in a more meaningful way than has ever been attempted. The game will feature evocative narrative elements, exploration of this untouched world, and adventure that challenges the player to make high-stakes decisions during the crew’s expedition.

9. Tropico 6

For the first time in the series, manage extensive archipelagos, build bridges to connect your islands and use new means of transportation and infrastructure. Send your Tropicans on raids to steal the wonders of the world, including the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Customize your palace at will and give election speeches from your balcony, to win the favour of your subjects.

10. Life is Strange 2

Two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident in Seattle. In fear of the police, Sean & Daniel head to Mexico while attempting to conceal a sudden & mysterious supernatural power.

11. DiRT 4

With DiRT 4, Codemasters have sought to combine the levels of thrill and realism from last year’s DiRT Rally with the fearless excitement, accessibility and adrenaline-fuelled races previously seen in its critically acclaimed prequels DiRT 2 and DiRT 3.

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12. KURSK

KURSK is the first ever adventure and documentary video game inspired by real events. You assume the role of a spy who finds a way on the Russian nuclear submarine K-141 Kursk. Your task is to collect secret information about the revolutionary Shkval super captivating torpedoes.

13. Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass

Developed by true shooter veterans in Croteam, Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass reignites the classic series by improving on the old-school formula. Enjoy the high-adrenaline action combat with an unbelievably destructive arsenal and experience Sam’s iconic enemy-annihilating circle-strafing and backpedaling dance-routine on an even bigger scale.

14. Pathway

Pathway is a strategy adventure game featuring turn-based combat and unique story encounters. Explore temples, tombs and the desert wilderness in a grand pulp adventure!

15. Jupiter Hell

Jupiter Hell is a classic turn-based roguelike set in a 90’s flavoured sci-fi universe. Rip and tear zombies, demons and unmentionable monstrosities, using shotguns, chainguns and the trusty chainsaw, to the shine of CRT monitors and the tune of heavy metal!

16. Godhood

As a newborn deity, create and grow your own religion by careful management of your followers. Guide your disciples into the Sacrament as rival deities and their followers contest your claim to power and glory.

17. Imperator: Rome

Imperator: Rome is the newest grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio. Set in the tumultuous centuries from Alexander’s Successor Empires in the East to the foundation of the Roman Empire.

18. Starmancer

Starmancer is a Dwarf Fortress inspired space station building game. After a catastrophe on Earth, humanity launches the Starmancer Initiative in a desperate attempt to seek refuge among the stars. Your task as a Starmancer is to construct and manage a colony capable of sustaining human life.

19. Eastshade

You are a traveling painter, exploring the island of Eastshade. Capture the world on canvas using your artist’s easel. Talk to the inhabitants to learn about their lives. Make friends and help those in need. Visit cities, scale summits, unearth mysteries, and discover forgotten places!

20. We Happy Few

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. In this alternative 1960s England, conformity is key. You’ll have to fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don’t take kindly to people who won’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.

21. Total War: THREE KINGDOMS

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first in the award-winning series to recreate epic conflict across ancient China. Combining a gripping turn-based campaign of empire-building & conquest with stunning real-time battles, THREE KINGDOMS redefines the series in an age of heroes & legends.

22. Insurgency: Sandstorm

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a team-based, tactical FPS based on lethal close quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Sequel to the indie breakout FPS Insurgency, Sandstorm is reborn, improved, expanded, and bigger in every way. Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight. Prepare for a hardcore depiction of combat with deadly ballistics, light attack vehicles, destructive artillery, and HDR audio putting the fear back into the genre.

23. Psychonauts 2

In Psychonauts 2, Raz realizes his dream and visits Psychonauts Headquarters. However, when he gets there, he finds it’s not the perfect place he expected and quickly realizes that the Psychonauts need him more than he needs them. Psychonauts 2 will be developed in house by the award-winning team at Double Fine Productions, which still include members of the original Psychonauts team.

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24. Indivisible

Indivisible is a new, action-packed RPG from Lab Zero, creators of the critically acclaimed Skullgirls! Set in a huge fantasy world, Indivisible tells the story of Ajna, a good-natured tomboy with a rebellious streak who sets out on a quest to save everything she knows from being destroyed.

25. System Shock

After two decades, Nightdive Studios is rebooting and re-imagining the original System Shock. We will keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved while giving today’s gamers the modern look and feel expected from a great game.”

While they’ve faced some delays, their most recent Kickstarter update makes a 2019 release sound probable. Totally missed the Adventure Alpha 1st Look video!.

26. Off Grid

Off Grid is a 3rd person stealth hacking game where data is your most powerful weapon. Off Grid forgoes combat for hacking tools and ingenuity, and is completely moddable.

27. Barotrauma

Overcome crisis and the unrelenting pressure of a frozen ocean. Flee or fight alien lifeforms, explore a strange new world in Jupiter’s orbit, command your crew and craft equipment in a tense 2D experience.

28. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

29. Hellpoint

Hellpoint is a dark sci-fi action RPG set in the aftermath of a massive quantum cataclysm. Every living being quickly lost their mind as their memories and bodies were merged with alternate versions of themselves from parallel universes. The accident also attracted entities of immense power that should have been left alone, in the depth of other dimensions.

30. Overland

Overland is a squad-based survival strategy game with procedurally generated levels set in post-apocalyptic North America. Every random level is full of close calls and hard choices, even though the interface is approachable and easy to learn. Manage fuel supplies, weapons, and other items by making the right choices on the procedural roadmaps. A road trip straight into the heart of the cataclysmic event that changed the Earth forever.

31. In The Valley of Gods

In the Valley of Gods is a single-player first-person video game set in Egypt in the 1920s. You play as an explorer and filmmaker who, along with your old partner, has travelled to the middle of the desert in the hopes of making a seemingly-impossible discovery and an incredible film.

In The Valley of Gods will hopefully be released this year to all the major desktop platforms and if you enjoy games with well-written stories then this one is for you.

This list, although extensive, is far from complete and I hope you’re excited about these games being supported on Linux?

Are there other titles you know will be officially available to Linux gamers? Drop your comments in the discussion section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.