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Heroic Games Launcher is an application built on top of the a command-line client called Legendary, and Heroic has a fresh bug fix release out to help ahead of a major release.

The application itself is built for Linux upon tech like Electron, and it does work very nicely. Why the need for it? Well, Epic Games don't support Linux with their official client or with the games on the service even if they have a Linux build elsewhere. With that in mind, games downloaded will run in a compatibility layer like Wine and Proton.

This Heroic 1.7.2 release cleans up issues from the last stable version but does not have all the features in the upcoming 1.8 release which has a first Release Candidate out.

Here's what's new in Heroic 1.7.2:

Bugfixes

  • Fix a bug with wine settings not being updated when having only one wine version installed.
  • Fix a bug when moving game to a folder with spaces was not working.
  • Fix a bug where DXVK wasn't being installed on a prefix folder with spaces.
  • Fix a bug where when canceling the installation, Heroic started the installation anyway in the wrong path.
  • Fix LatestLog button not working.
  • Fix Winetricks and Winecfg not working for Proton Prefixes
  • Other small fixes across settings.

Other

  • Improved Unreal Marketplace selection
  • Other minor UI improvements and fixes.
  • tar.xz file is back for those who likes it instead of the AppImage. Should work on any distro as well.
  • Launch Protocol is working, but it's not handling games that need updates. Just use xdg-open heroic://launch/{appName}. AppName is not the name of the game, but the internal name that Epic uses. For instance, for Rocket league should be: xdg-open heroic://launch/Sugar.

Find Heroic up on GitHub.

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Mumrik93 22 Jun
One of my friends plays a lot of games from epic and he pretty much always complains about the Epic Launcher/Store, so I was just curious, how much on par with the Epic Launcher/Store is the Heroic Games Launcher? So it below? On par? or even better then the Epic Games Launcher/Store itself?
mao_dze_dun 22 Jun
Quoting: Mumrik93One of my friends plays a lot of games from epic and he pretty much always complains about the Epic Launcher/Store, so I was just curious, how much on par with the Epic Launcher/Store is the Heroic Games Launcher? So it below? On par? or even better then the Epic Games Launcher/Store itself?

Probably better. The Epic Launcher is not terrible, per se. Just extremely barebones. On Windows I use GOG Galaxy 2.0 for my Epic games. I do like how user friendly Heroic launcher is. I honestly think that the developer should apply for an Epic grant. No hate for the Lutris guys, but this is just so much more user friendly that Lutris, IMO.
Liam Dawe 22 Jun
Quoting: Mumrik93One of my friends plays a lot of games from epic and he pretty much always complains about the Epic Launcher/Store, so I was just curious, how much on par with the Epic Launcher/Store is the Heroic Games Launcher? So it below? On par? or even better then the Epic Games Launcher/Store itself?
Well, there's no actual store, no buying or redeeming games currently. So that's a big one they might never be able to solve. That is, unless they embed a limited CEF-like browser into it that points to the Epic Store itself.
mao_dze_dun 22 Jun
Quoting: Liam DaweThat is, unless they embed a limited CEF-like browser into it that points to the Epic Store itself.

Not a bad idea, actually.
Liam Dawe 22 Jun
Quoting: mao_dze_dun
Quoting: Liam DaweThat is, unless they embed a limited CEF-like browser into it that points to the Epic Store itself.

Not a bad idea, actually.
Pretty much what the itch client does.
kirgahn 22 Jun
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Mumrik93One of my friends plays a lot of games from epic and he pretty much always complains about the Epic Launcher/Store, so I was just curious, how much on par with the Epic Launcher/Store is the Heroic Games Launcher? So it below? On par? or even better then the Epic Games Launcher/Store itself?
Well, there's no actual store, no buying or redeeming games currently. So that's a big one they might never be able to solve. That is, unless they embed a limited CEF-like browser into it that points to the Epic Store itself.

You can easily access the Epic store from Heroic. When you click on the "store" tab it opens a browser window where the user is authenticated with the same token provided to access the library. I regularly redeem free games from it and the workflow appears to be the same as when you're buying (even though I've never actually bought anything).
fearnflavio 22 Jun
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Mumrik93One of my friends plays a lot of games from epic and he pretty much always complains about the Epic Launcher/Store, so I was just curious, how much on par with the Epic Launcher/Store is the Heroic Games Launcher? So it below? On par? or even better then the Epic Games Launcher/Store itself?
Well, there's no actual store, no buying or redeeming games currently. So that's a big one they might never be able to solve. That is, unless they embed a limited CEF-like browser into it that points to the Epic Store itself.

Like Kirghan said above. It's possible to access the store, buy and redeem games. But I'm not sure if we are able to get the epic grant, although I haven't think about it.
BTW, your suggestion to have the recent games on tray is being worked and its planned for 1.8. Also with desktop shortcuts for those (like me) that wants to play the from steam using steam link.
😁
Liam Dawe 22 Jun
I guess I was wrong about that then, having it load into a tab would be nice though rather than a brand new window :)

As for the tray update: hooray!

Great work.
tpau 23 Jun
Hopefully we can find a few enthusiasts that bring in support for other platforms.
Galaxy is nice but depends a lot on the original launchers.
Having an updater that keeps priorities for downloads across multiple stores is an interesting outlook.
Getting rid of the launcher chains would be amazing.
I'll keep an eye on this project
Usual 23 Jun
Been wanting to use this launcher, but I always get stuck after putting my SID.
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