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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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cyberzx 20 Nov
Strange bug. I can't reproduce it. It seems that config.blk was broken or Steam did't update client properly.

Quoting: tomaszg
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.
cyberzx 20 Nov
Quoting: tomaszg
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.

I can reproduce this bug. Working for fix. Thank you for report!
maasi 21 Nov
need help

I still cant play the game. what should I do?
Tuxee 21 Nov
Quoting: maasineed help

I still cant play the game. what should I do?

Post a more verbose problem description? File a proper bug report in the Linux bugs section of their forum?
Zappatato 7 days ago
Yeah. I got the same fault, do anybody have a glue? Here is the log file:


##############################

Started as bpreport.exe --Version 1.0.0.40 --ProductName StartApp --BuildID 2020Apr22215244 --StartupTime 1605989678 --ReleaseChannel dev --Hang 0 --CrashTime 1605989682 --lang en-US --log F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\War Thunder\.start_app_logs\2020_11_21_21_14_38_36.txt --useragent WT --silent 0 --systemid b6317ed5-c96a-42ef-8e97-51442931eb41 --uid 0 --crashtype Exception --dump_id 0d9ca73f-e82e-440f-9a1b-8c221b5617d4 --dump_dir F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/
Logging to bpreport.log
Moving log file to F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/bpreport.log
Adding F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/bpreport.log for upload
Configuration:
---- general ----
valid: true
silent: false
has dump: true
logs allowed: true
email allowed: false
parent:
---- upload -----
url: http://palvella.gaijin.net/submit
UA: WT
parameters:
BuildID : '2020Apr22215244'
Comments : 'System ID: b6317ed5-c96a-42ef-8e97-51442931eb41
User ID: 0'
CrashTime : '1605989682'
Hang : '0'
ProductName : 'StartApp'
ReleaseChannel : 'dev'
StartupTime : '1605989678'
Version : '1.0.0.40'
files:
F__SteamLibrary_steamapps_common_War_Thunder__start_app_logs_bpreport_log : 'F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/bpreport.log'
upload_file_log : 'F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\War Thunder\.start_app_logs\2020_11_21_21_14_38_36.txt'
upload_file_minidump : 'F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\War Thunder\.start_app_logs\0d9ca78f-e82e-440f-9a1b-8c221b5617d4.dmp'
---- crash ------
product: StartApp
timestamp: 1605989682
systemId: b6318ed5-c96a-42ef-8e97-51442931eb41
user Id: 0
type: Exception
---- stats ------
host: client-stats.gaijin.net:20011
env: production
Stats init ok: tags string ',env=production,host=end-client-host,project=gaijin,application=bpreport,on_behalf_of=StartApp,crash_type=Exception'
Stats send: 'report,env=production,host=end-client-host,project=gaijin,application=bpreport,on_behalf_of=StartApp,crash_type=Exception,status=start:1|c'
Stats send: 'report,env=production,host=end-client-host,project=gaijin,application=bpreport,on_behalf_of=StartApp,crash_type=Exception,status=decline:1|c'
User refused to submit report
maasi 7 days ago
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: maasineed help

I still cant play the game. what should I do?

Post a more verbose problem description? File a proper bug report in the Linux bugs section of their forum?

I have the same problems as in the comment here. I tried uninstall completely from scratch also uninstall steam and every steam related. I reinstall everything but still nothing can run, still black screen. I cant run the game from files /home/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/War Thunder/ , also tried launcher in the didnt work.
cyberzx 6 days ago
You have black screen on start or game does not launch from steam or something else?

Quoting: ZappatatoYeah. I got the same fault, do anybody have a glue? Here is the log file:


##############################

Started as bpreport.exe --Version 1.0.0.40 --ProductName StartApp --BuildID 2020Apr22215244 --StartupTime 1605989678 --ReleaseChannel dev --Hang 0 --CrashTime 1605989682 --lang en-US --log F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\War Thunder\.start_app_logs\2020_11_21_21_14_38_36.txt --useragent WT --silent 0 --systemid b6317ed5-c96a-42ef-8e97-51442931eb41 --uid 0 --crashtype Exception --dump_id 0d9ca73f-e82e-440f-9a1b-8c221b5617d4 --dump_dir F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/
Logging to bpreport.log
Moving log file to F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/bpreport.log
Adding F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/bpreport.log for upload
Configuration:
---- general ----
valid: true
silent: false
has dump: true
logs allowed: true
email allowed: false
parent:
---- upload -----
url: http://palvella.gaijin.net/submit
UA: WT
parameters:
BuildID : '2020Apr22215244'
Comments : 'System ID: b6317ed5-c96a-42ef-8e97-51442931eb41
User ID: 0'
CrashTime : '1605989682'
Hang : '0'
ProductName : 'StartApp'
ReleaseChannel : 'dev'
StartupTime : '1605989678'
Version : '1.0.0.40'
files:
F__SteamLibrary_steamapps_common_War_Thunder__start_app_logs_bpreport_log : 'F:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/War Thunder/.start_app_logs/bpreport.log'
upload_file_log : 'F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\War Thunder\.start_app_logs\2020_11_21_21_14_38_36.txt'
upload_file_minidump : 'F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\War Thunder\.start_app_logs\0d9ca78f-e82e-440f-9a1b-8c221b5617d4.dmp'
---- crash ------
product: StartApp
timestamp: 1605989682
systemId: b6318ed5-c96a-42ef-8e97-51442931eb41
user Id: 0
type: Exception
---- stats ------
host: client-stats.gaijin.net:20011
env: production
Stats init ok: tags string ',env=production,host=end-client-host,project=gaijin,application=bpreport,on_behalf_of=StartApp,crash_type=Exception'
Stats send: 'report,env=production,host=end-client-host,project=gaijin,application=bpreport,on_behalf_of=StartApp,crash_type=Exception,status=start:1|c'
Stats send: 'report,env=production,host=end-client-host,project=gaijin,application=bpreport,on_behalf_of=StartApp,crash_type=Exception,status=decline:1|c'
User refused to submit report
cyberzx 6 days ago
Can you send me any log from .config/WarThunder/.game_logs ?
Quoting: maasi
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: maasineed help

I still cant play the game. what should I do?

Post a more verbose problem description? File a proper bug report in the Linux bugs section of their forum?

I have the same problems as in the comment here. I tried uninstall completely from scratch also uninstall steam and every steam related. I reinstall everything but still nothing can run, still black screen. I cant run the game from files /home/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/War Thunder/ , also tried launcher in the didnt work.
maasi 6 days ago
Yes I got black screen from start when I launch the game from steam. Its like that for a few second then it goes away and doesnt launch anything.

I have many logs at .config/WarThunder/.game_logs. which one or some should I send? I got 13 .dmp logs and 99 .clog in that file.
cyberzx 6 days ago
.clog is enough but only latest one.
Quoting: maasiI have many logs at .config/WarThunder/.game_logs. which one or some should I send? I got 13 .dmp logs and 99 .clog in that file.


Last edited by cyberzx on 23 November 2020 at 9:56 am UTC
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