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Work on Heroic Games Launcher, the open source Linux alternative to the Epic Games Store continues rapid improvements with a huge new release out now. Continuing to build upon the work started with another open source tool, Legendary, which hooks into the Epic Games Store but doesn't provide users with a proper GUI.

The recently released 1.0 version (and a few bug fixes after) revamps the entire flow and design of the application, with a much sleeker looking interface and it actually does look pretty good right now. Most of it works how you would expect too, quite useful for all those free games Epic keeps giving out…if you decide to play them on Linux.

Here's a couple quick shots:

It expanded elsewhere too with a new login screen, there's a new settings page where you can configure launch options and pick things like what version of the Wine compatibility layer you wish to use to launch games. There's also now a filter to see only installed games and lots of little improvements and fixes all throughout.

Still a shame such a community project is even needed, but another fine case of a few doing what a big company won't do, since Epic Games appear to have no plans at all to directly support Linux with the client and store. At least now, Linux has something with a fancy UI that can work with it quite easily.

The fun thing is that this is just the start. They plan to look into cloud syncing, claiming the free games that Epic regularly give away, adding games outside of Epic and to support other stores too. So eventually, the Heroic Games Launcher may be another all-in-one solution to launch your games on Linux with Epic Games as their jumping off point.

You can grab the Heroic Games Launcher on GitHub.

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drlamb Jan 13, 2021
Quoting: fearnflavio

Yeah I'll stick to a custom Shortcut in steam. Don't want to touch epic/legendary more than I have to. I've read about the issues that can arise from using Proton outside of steam.

Quoting: sudoer

Hard agree. Epic killed Rocket League for me. 404.2 played hours later and all I feel is disappointment now. I have not touched the game since the Epic account requirement was introduced.

Last edited by drlamb on 13 January 2021 at 6:16 pm UTC
Dribbleondo Jan 14, 2021
Quoting: sudoerHow would anyone support a company that was a happy and proud anti-PC for over a decade, has done nothing for Linux AT ALL -on the contrary they even killed Linux for Rocket League, remember: "As we continue to upgrade Rocket League with new technologies", we all know what those "technologies" are, Epic Online Services- and it's clear by now that it is just a (the) Chinese front (throwing millions of chinese money to buy exclusives instead of really competing) blows my mind. Not to speak about its leading persona as a character.

They make a game engine with Linux support, and have given funding grants to Lutris.

I really doubt Epic is a chinese front, bust sure, i'll let you stew in your conspiracy.
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