“Don’t get your hopes up,” they said. “Economics make it unlikely,” they said. Well, forget that guff as today two titles from the famed first-person shooter franchise Borderlands make their Linux debut.
Borderlands 2 is available to buy and play today. The “pre-sequel” is available to pre-order with an expected release date of mid-October.
Aspyr Media, the company who handled the port spoke with Liam Dawe of Gaming on Linux to say they are “super excited” to have played a part in bringing such a popular franchise to Linux, adding:
“This port was challenging, for sure. Performance was at the core of our efforts and while ATI and Intel didn’t make the cut for release, we continue to work on performance for those chipsets and hope to come to a level of performance we can stand behind as gamers in the near future.”
Yep, Borderlands 2 for Linux only supports Nvidia graphics cards at present. The same isn’t true for Mac OS X, so direct your blame-charged weaponry towards the usual proprietary players.
However, with a game release as huge as this I suspect it won’t be too long before AMD and Intel pull their fingers out to get things patched up and working for their customers.
The rest of the recommended system requirements are as follows:
- Ubuntu 14.04
- Intel Core 2 Quad or AMD Phenom II X4 @ 2.4GHz (or better)
- 4 GB RAM
- 13 GB HDD Space
- NVIDIA Geforce 260 with 1GB VRAM (or better)
Buy Borderlands 2 & Pre-Order Pre-Sequel
Borderlands 2 is available to buy from Steam for £4.99/$4.99 — a healthy 75% discount price good for the next 48 hours. After this it’ll rise to its regular base price of £20/$20. You’ll also find a range of DLC available for a little less than usual, too.
The game (and DLC) is also available to purchase through Aspyr’s own GameAgent platform for the same limited-time price.