The guys over at Croteam decided to make the private beta build 172672 for Serious Sam 3: BFE public. This release is open to everyone running a “hacked” Steam client. Update 172672 contains a number of general fixes in the game, as well as some that are specific to the Linux version. If you’re not in the beta you will need to purchase a copy of Serious Sam 3: BFE.
Some of the big ones include:
- Fixed graphics corruption under OpenGL if game is minimized or “alt-tabbed” while it is loading content.
- X11 libraries on Linux are now dynamically loaded, so game can properly report and error if something is missing.
- Dedicated server on Linux no longer requires X11 to be installed.
- OpenGL library can now load even if some vendor dependent functions are missing.
- A workaround for CPUs not correctly identifying that the game is running causing jitter.
To install the beta, do this:
- locate the game (Serious Sam 3 in this case) in the Steam’s “Library” panel
- right click and invoke “Properties”
- select the “Betas” tab
- choose “publicbeta”