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Now that EA have decided to cosy up with Valve once again, their games have been pouring onto Steam and that means certain games like Titanfall 2 are easy to get going on Linux.

Thanks to the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer (more info), tons of big Windows-only titles like this are really easy to get running on pretty much any Linux distribution. Titanfall 2 is an underappreciated gem too. I’m a massive FPS nut, I simply love these tactical feeling shooters and Titanfall 2 especially because it’s ridiculously over the top. We also so very rarely get games like this officially on Linux so thanks to Proton we can play Titanfall 2 and many other EA games easily now.

Have a look at Titanfall 2 on Linux below in an unfiltered quick-video:

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With Proton 5.0-9 released recently, Valve and CodeWeavers put in some dedicated fixes needed by Origin too so that it's click and play. Well, almost. Initially hitting play may give an error about linking accounts, just hit play again and it should work as expected. Origin being Origin.

Also, you might notice some micro-stutter happening like clockwork every 1-2 seconds or so (not everyone sees it). That is also Origin being a nuisance. Thankfully, there’s a super-simple one-liner fix for that. If you find the compatdata data folder and then the folder inside for Titanfall 2, you need to change the permissions on it as Origin likes to constantly try to write into it. Stop it doing so like this (example):

chmod -R -w ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/1237970/pfx/drive_c/users/steamuser/Application\ Data/Origin

That will remove the ability for Origin to write into it as a quick fix, until a real solution comes along. You will need to enable it again (+w instead of -w) if Origin ever needs updates, and then do it again to stop the stuttering. Thanks to a comment from TK-Glitch on GitHub for the idea. It’s likely if you see micro-stutter in other Origin games with Proton on Linux, doing that for each might fix them too.

Once that’s done. Enjoy. A good time to pick it up too since Titanfall 2 has a big discount on Steam.

Ending note: while I am aware people on Linux have played it with Wine and Lutris before, directly in Steam makes things a whole lot simpler.

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Mal Jun 20, 2020
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I'm very happy EA made the move. But I'm still not sold on games that require origin. I'm uneasy about having two DRMs running at the same time.

I would see the ability to redeem your game on both services as added value. Say, if one service is down (or whatever) now you have the other (even if cloud save is separated). But requiring both at the same time? Unnecessary hussle, multiplication of failure points, and if everything works then bloatware for the end user.
gustavoyaraujo Jun 20, 2020
I'm waiting to see how FIFA 20 will do with Proton...
PopeRigby Jun 21, 2020
Works flawlessly for me, except the overlay doesn't work so I can't play with friends. Anyone got it working?
Julius Jun 21, 2020
Oh cool. No anti-cheat software issues with that one? Sufficient playerbase online?
ElectricPrism Jun 21, 2020
Hmm, another game I used to be interested in but never played.

I'm not 100% sold on EA, I'd hate to buy into their stuff only to have them screw me over again.

Maybe someday.

Edit: Or maybe there's a bigger argument to be made about how DRM-free and offline discs prevent this kind of bullshit before it can ever even happen.

Last edited by ElectricPrism on 21 June 2020 at 1:01 am UTC
Corben Jun 21, 2020
Nice to have it in Steam again. Yeah, I was impressed when I saw with a recent wine version that Titanfall and Titanfall 2 where finally working. Especially Titanfall 1 being an online only game. I used Lutris for it and had this 1s hiccup as well. Looks like Origin is writing a file to disk every second. I got rid of it by moving the prefix to SSD and the game files symlinked from HDD.
If Titanfall 2 works now via SteamPlay, I guess the other games I've been playing recently via Lutris should work in Steam now as well? Like Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 1 and 2, Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2 (the new EA ones), and Crysis 3.
Well, I got those games quite a while ago, and I do not intend to buy them again. It's shame they're not automatically available to buyers like GoG connect does it with games.
Who would've thought EA would ever go back to Steam...
Spud13y Jun 21, 2020
That command fixed a massive amount of stuttering in Dragon Age 2, Inquisition, and Mass Effect Andromeda. Thanks a lot, Liam!
lejimster Jun 21, 2020
I have the worst timing. Decided to take the plunge and install Origin through lutris last week and buy Titanfall 2. It works really nicely with RADV/ACO once you jump through a few hoops. Would have preferred it through Steam tho! Ahhh well.

Also good to know about the stuttering issue, I never noticed because I have it installed to a ssd, but that's not so great for drive wear - unnecessary disk writing.

Last edited by lejimster on 21 June 2020 at 3:55 am UTC
Kimyrielle Jun 21, 2020
That's a great workaround. Thanks for posting it!

Origin is really one of the worst pieces of software ever written. It's mindboggling, really. I get the idea that real talent probably doesn't want to work for EA in the first place, but compared to their games, Origin isn't THAT complex. Do they really put every intern they get on Origin to hack away?
Kimyrielle Jun 21, 2020
Quoting: CorbenWho would've thought EA would ever go back to Steam...

Steam is where the money is, because it's where (most of) the gamers shop. I guess EA thought because they're EA, they can dictate their customers anything, including migrating to their own little store that has really nothing to go for it other than being annoying. I guess EA's numbers were hurting and the management finally realized that their games don't get noticed as much anymore, since they chose NOT to be on the world's #1 marketplace for games. Which is really a silly thing to do.
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