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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, is available starting today for Linux users, via Steam (and SteamOS, obviously).

The Witcher 2 Steam for Linux

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a popular action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt RED. According to Wikipedia, more than 1.7 million units were sold as of May 2012.

Critics praised the game for its combat mechanics, customisation, graphics, environments, immersion, and storytelling, winning two awards: Best European Game (by European Games Awards) and 2011 Game of the Year (by Shacknews).

Below you can watch the official game launch trailer:


(direct video link)

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has the following system requirements under Linux:
  • Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9800 GT 512MB (1280x720, low), Radeon graphics cards are not supported, Intel integrated graphics chipsets are not supported
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB HD space
  • Recommended:
    • Processor: Quad Core Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 640 1GB (1440x900, medium)
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB HD space

The game normally costs 19.99€ / £14.99 / $19.99 but there's a special -80% off promotion right now so hurry up and buy the game if you haven't already: web link | Steam app link.

Update: according to Phoronix, The Witcher 2 uses an eON wrapper layer. eON provides a "fully native implementation of essential Windows technologies (such as Direct3D)", so at least in theory, it should be better than using Wine. Still, that's basically the reason why the game currently only runs on Nvidia hardware. 

via Reddit
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