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War Thunder, the huge free to play online battle game across land, sea and air just had a huge game engine upgrade with the latest release.

Something that has been in progress for a long time, is that the Linux version got Vulkan support as the default now too. This is a feature our contributor BTRE interviewed the CEO of Gaijin Entertainment, Anton Yudintsev, for back in 2018 so we've been waiting some time on it. With their Dagor Engine 6.0, it brings with it tons of visual upgrades and enhancements to existing graphics.

It's not just new visuals though. They're also adding in the first vertical take-off and landing aircraft, 14 new or upgraded tanks, a rework of naval progression and the introduction of Dreadnoughts and much more. Check out the trailer:

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They also announced their own Battle Pass system is coming, which will be a Seasonal item you can unlock items for free on or purchase it to access everything from it. So it sounds like the same system a lot of other free to play online games use.

Currently, they're still working out some of the major kinks in the Vulkan renderer and the update has caused quite a big mess on Linux. For starters, it seems in my own testing it no longer runs directly from Steam, instead I had to run the launcher directly from the folder. Additionally, I've seen that if you're on the xorg display server, you're likely to see a black screen whenever the launcher or game is in focus. Apparently the game works well on the newer Wayland display server. Hopefully they will fix those quirks soon because it stops it being playable for a lot of Linux users.

Update: 19/11/20 - all black screen issues appear to be solved! The game performance seems massively better than when it was using OpenGL. They still need to fix it launching directly from Steam, as of this date you need to manually run the game / launcher. However, if you add this as a Steam launch option it makes it work for now to run directly from Steam:

env LD_PRELOAD="" %command%

Right click the game -> Properties -> Set Launch Options… and then enter that.

Update: 20/11/20 - the workaround to launch directly from Steam is no longer needed, and the Steam Overlay now works with it too.

You can download War Thunder for Linux direct from the website or Steam.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Free Game, MMO, Steam, Vulkan | Apps: War Thunder
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[quote=TheRiddick]
Can confirm, the smoke issue got fixed overnight.
jorgenp 19 Nov
Quoting: TheRiddickyeah I've tried that trick before but it always ends in problems, missing controls, sound, or freezes on switching back to desktop... all sorts of things. Haven't tried it in a while however so I might give it a shot now.

Ahh, it works now it seems. Sound plays in background but that's ok.


EDIT: tabbing back to TTY1 crashes the warthunder game. Ell well.

I didn't try to switch while playing. But it seems Vulkan and Xorg doesn't play nice. But at least it is playable sort of, but for sure needs to be fixed by Gaijin or where ever the issue is.
Tuxee 19 Nov
Quoting: jorgenp
Quoting: TheRiddickyeah I've tried that trick before but it always ends in problems, missing controls, sound, or freezes on switching back to desktop... all sorts of things. Haven't tried it in a while however so I might give it a shot now.

Ahh, it works now it seems. Sound plays in background but that's ok.


EDIT: tabbing back to TTY1 crashes the warthunder game. Ell well.

I didn't try to switch while playing. But it seems Vulkan and Xorg doesn't play nice. But at least it is playable sort of, but for sure needs to be fixed by Gaijin or where ever the issue is.

Strange. What hardware, driver, kernel? I am on Xorg, Dual-Screen, AMD RX 5700 with latest Mesa drivers and switching has never been a problem for a long time now - neither with OpenGL nor with Vulkan. Clicking on the "other" screen minimizes the game and mutes the sound, and the overview shows me the (animated) game window.
Liam Dawe 19 Nov
Update: 19/11/20 - all black screen issues appear to be solved! The game performance seems massively better than when it was OpenGL. However, they still need to fix it launching directly from Steam as of this date you still need to manually run the game or launcher.

Edit: added in the Steam workaround.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 19 November 2020 at 8:01 pm UTC
tomaszg 19 Nov
I confirm black screen issues with launchers are gone. Still the game won't start for me. Complains about missing files and/or missing shaders in two message dialogs hidden in the background. There are some details there but they are not copy-pastable for some reason.
mylka 7 days ago
Quoting: Liam DaweUpdate: 19/11/20 - all black screen issues appear to be solved!

this bug exists for 2 years now and they could have fixed it in a few days????????????

alright i am going to download the 32GB again and try it


EDIT: wow seems like they really fixed it. starts right away, i dont have to kill kwin, no black screen, no freezes, good performance (except with SSAO)


Last edited by mylka on 19 November 2020 at 11:32 pm UTC
razing32 6 days ago
Quoting: Samsai
Quoting: TuxeeStill, it's free to play, spending money doesn't give you any benefits apart from speeding up the grind.
I would argue the premium vehicles do occasionally give you an edge over players on an equal BR. Not a massive edge, but an edge regardless, at least until Gaijin screws with game balance. And players moving onto new vehicles are objectively at a worse position than players who can pay their way through important component upgrades. You can argue that's just speeding up the grind, but when it's entirely possible that upgrading to a new vehicle might be a downgrade to your combat effectiveness for multiple games unless you pay up, I don't really find it particularly convincing.

And all this without mentioning the SL traps you can accidentally upgrade yourself into (yes, I played the French tanks and I had to go back to Italy to afford driving my tanks again), most likely intentionally pushing you into games with/against stronger vehicles to create psychological incentive to upgrade, lootbox mechanics and all the other meta-gameplay loops which prey on the players. Even by F2P metrics, WT has a pretty crappy monetization scheme and I wouldn't put a cent towards it.

You haven't played World of Tanks , have you ?
Same thing.
You get match maked 2 tiers above
So say you got your first tier 6 tank. It sports the gun from the previous tier 5 tank , and you can be match maked with tier 8 tanks. Great fun , all you can do is make them laugh.

Armored Warfare was the best since it had a co-op PVE mode where you could grind in peace. And it was fun. Game is pretty dead now sadly.
cyberzx 6 days ago
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Hi. I am dev from Gaijin.
Thanks for this greate article. I am sorry that you had issue with running game under steam. We had been working hard last night to fix this bug. Now you may update the game and launch it from steam with overlays enabled.
Liam Dawe 6 days ago
Quoting: cyberzxHi. I am dev from Gaijin.
Thanks for this greate article. I am sorry that you had issue with running game under steam. We had been working hard last night to fix this bug. Now you may update the game and launch it from steam with overlays enabled.
Welcome, thanks for commenting. Can confirm it's working as expected now! Have added an article update.
tomaszg 6 days ago
Quoting: cyberzxI am sorry that you had issue with running game under steam. We had been working hard last night to fix this bug. Now you may update the game and launch it from steam with overlays enabled.

Won't start for me from Steam. It keeps complaining about "D3D API not selected" (can't copy the message, the dialog doesn't allow it). From command line the same thing happens (before it was complaining about missing files/precompiled shaders). I had to reinstall the game from the scratch in a clean directory and now it starts flawlessly.

Notably the newly installed game is 2GB smaller (with full client of course), since the old directory contains quite a lot of outdated files.
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