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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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ziabice 21 Jun
Side note: there's a Kingdome Come: Deliverance free weekend going on and the game now finally is playable with Proton. It went from 20 fps to rock solid 60 on my machine, so it's definitely time to enjoy this messy bug festRPG!

It's a pity I already own this game on Gog, if I recall correctly there's a way to run external games with Proton, any advice?
ikiruto 21 Jun
Quoting: ziabiceIt's a pity I already own this game on Gog, if I recall correctly there's a way to run external games with Proton, any advice?
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Appelsin 21 Jun
Quoting: MalI'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.

It's just the same bogus reasoning that makes Uplay(?) "required" for Ubisoft games. They have invested money in their store, and they want numbers on it. Every time you have to launch Origin, they get a +1 use/login, which gives them a +1 in their "Origin is a success, no matter what anyone else may think" column. It's "How To Corporation 101."

They don't give a hoot if your system get's bloated; they don't care about you having to run multiple applications and DRMs, or several points of failure, or making it cumbersome for the end user. Heck, [they] routinely thrown in Denuvo of all things, on top of the multiple accounts required: The Premiere DRM for making your game run at half the performance it otherwise would, because it's basically running the game inside a VM which runs inside a DRM container while also pinging their servers every 30 seconds AND having root access to your computer. You paid the entry fee to lease the game for an unspecified amount of time. They don't care beyond that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ You likely "accepted" this when "accepting" the EULA, which for some reason remain "legal" even though they're utter rubbish.


Last edited by Appelsin on 21 June 2020 at 7:12 am UTC
dpanter 21 Jun
Quoting: ziabicerun external games with Proton, any advice?

Also Lutris, or adding non-Steam game in Steam client... commandline too.
hardpenguin 21 Jun
QuoteWith 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
Liam Dawe 21 Jun
Quoting: KimyrielleThat's a great workaround. Thanks for posting it!
Happy to give such stuff a needed boost. As always, we just post what we find interesting and what we think others might find interesting, to enable all sorts of gaming on Linux.
ziabice 21 Jun
A little follow up to my previous comment.

To run a non Steam game is easy: in Steam, go to Games menu > Add a non-Steam game to my library, select the .exe, and force the use of Proton, and it's done. You have to put "--proton" in game "launch options". There's a bug with path containing spaces, so check whats written into the various input controls and correct by hand.

So here what's happened.

I have a Gog Galaxy wineprefix in which I run the client and the games using Wine-staging (version 5.9 as of writing) and the latest DXVK from AUR (I'm on Manjaro).

I tested the same graphics settings: 1080p, Fullscreen, medium details, VSync disabled, in-game FPS counter.

Tested the initial scene of the game

Wine-staging+DXVK: 21-35fps, with stuttering
Steam + Proton from same gog-galaxy prefix: 21-35fps, with stuttering
Steam + Proton from proton prefix: 70fps buttersmooth

Conclusion: Steam+Proton = double the pleasure :)
lqe5433 21 Jun
I like Proton and Wine, DXVK etc, I just think with these nobody will port their games to Linux..
It's too easy for companies to say it's working with Proton.
lejimster 21 Jun
Quoting: lqe5433I like Proton and Wine, DXVK etc, I just think with these nobody will port their games to Linux..
It's too easy for companies to say it's working with Proton.

For now, maybe... But DX11 is on its way out and Vulkan has the mind share with gamers, hopefully developers are on the same page and the majority choose to go to Vulkan.

Proton/Wine is a great stop gap and allowing the gaming on linux community to grow. The more of us there are on the platform, the more support we get. Its not going to happen overnight, but every time I see a LTT video demoing the state of gaming on linux, it gets more popular every year.
massatt212 21 Jun
Quoting: gustavoyaraujoI'm waiting to see how FIFA 20 will do with Proton...

Well lets both of us hope FIFA 20 can even start the Launcher think it require netframe work 4 or 4.7.2
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