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It's now easier than ever to play STAR WARS: The Old Republic on Linux

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With EA continuing to dump their older games onto Steam, the popular MMO STAR WARS: The Old Republic is now available thanks to Steam Play Proton it's easier than ever to play it on Linux.

Confused? Don't know what Steam Play or Proton are? Check out our dedicated page first.

This free to play MMO originally released in 2011 and it's set thousands of years before the original Star Wars movies. A time when the Sith are very much around and something not explored in any of the movies. As a huge Star Wars fan, seeing this easy to access on Steam makes me happy. Not a fan of Origin? Good news for Linux users, as it's not here. The Old Republic is one EA title that does not come with the Origin client and so it should be less of a nuisance.

Like the fancy HUD in the corner? That's MangoHud.

With the latest stable version of Proton with 5.0-9, the game works and performs well. Tested across a character I had left on it from a great many years ago, to a brand new character pictured above. There is one issue though: with the typical Star Wars intro video giving you a blank white screen with audio. It's possible to just skip it but thanks to that one issue it's not perfect out of the box. Still, an overall minor point when the rest of the game works so well.

Looks like the Steam release is quite popular, unsurprisingly, with well over twenty-five thousand players online. Looks like another EA game to get a player boost thanks to Steam. You can find STAR WARS: The Old Republic on Steam.

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DrMcCoy 22 Jul, 2020
oof. It's been 8 years since I cancelled my SWTOR subscription (after like 3 months of playing it, and having paid full-price for it to boot), and I'm still bitter about that game

I expected KotOR3, but I got a paint-by-numbers WoW clone. I hated it :(
kernelkid 22 Jul, 2020
I'd like to monitor my CPU/GPU heat in-game too. What is the tool providing the °C data?


Last edited by kernelkid on 22 July 2020 at 11:51 am UTC
kuhpunkt 22 Jul, 2020
Quoting: kernelkidI'd like to monitor my CPU/GPU heat in-game too. What is the tool providing the °C data?

MangoHud.
Guppy 22 Jul, 2020
Quoting: DrMcCoyoof. It's been 8 years since I cancelled my SWTOR subscription (after like 3 months of playing it, and having paid full-price for it to boot), and I'm still bitter about that game

I expected KotOR3, but I got a paint-by-numbers WoW clone. I hated it :(

Amen.

The "single player" campaign was pretty ace, but the multiplayer aspect was just nowhere near ready for release
M@GOid 22 Jul, 2020
Captain, I found the double agent in our ship, he is right here

Quoting: DrMcCoyoof. It's been 8 years since I cancelled my SWTOR subscription (after like 3 months of playing it, and having paid full-price for it to boot), and I'm still bitter about that game

I expected KotOR3, but I got a paint-by-numbers WoW clone. I hated it :(
DrMcCoy 22 Jul, 2020
Quoting: PatolaI don't get why you didn't like it, care to expand?

No, not really. I don't want to turn yet another news story into a griping section and I've said said enough about this game to last me a lifetime already.

Might also be that part of it was just the whiplash of unmet expectations. I'm sure if you're into the whole MMORPG thing, it might even be a servicable game, but, well, it's not for me and it's not what I expected.
morbius 22 Jul, 2020
Tried to open an account, says that email is already in use. I most definitely didn't open an account for this game.

A bunch of fail. Looks like I'll skip this.

Edit: I probably opened that account to play some other EA/Bioware game that I no longer remember. I was able to reset password, but I don't have high hopes for the game. Likely a waste of bandwidth.


Last edited by morbius on 22 July 2020 at 7:14 pm UTC
LordDaveTheKind 22 Jul, 2020
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This has been one of my first games I tried on Wine. It brings me memories...
LordDaveTheKind 22 Jul, 2020
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Quoting: Guppy
Quoting: DrMcCoyoof. It's been 8 years since I cancelled my SWTOR subscription (after like 3 months of playing it, and having paid full-price for it to boot), and I'm still bitter about that game

I expected KotOR3, but I got a paint-by-numbers WoW clone. I hated it :(

Amen.

The "single player" campaign was pretty ace, but the multiplayer aspect was just nowhere near ready for release

100% agree. I quit it and cancelled my subscription when the mid and low level players left. It arrived at a point where just high-level players were on it, and nobody was accepting anymore my requests for joining a party via the matchmaking tool.

The Single-Player campaigns are awesome, for all of the 8 starting characters, and each of them deserves to be explored. The Multiplayer experience however when from fair to pointless. And at that point I abandoned it.


Last edited by LordDaveTheKind on 23 July 2020 at 11:49 am UTC
randyl 22 Jul, 2020
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My characters are a mid 50s Gunslinger and a mid 30s Jedi Sage. It's great casual or coop fun. Mostly I don't enjoy the pvp, raiding or 'serious' group content. It pretty much ruins the experience for me. The rest of it is great fun solo or in small groups.

SWTOR is a themepark so the experience is very linear and guided, but it does well at making the planets feel more open. Bioware has merged servers since I last played (a couple years ago) so I found my characters from Begeren Colony on Satele Shan. I have to rename them both so maybe I'll just start a new one.


Last edited by randyl on 23 July 2020 at 7:22 am UTC
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