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Not only does the alternative open source Epic Games Store client Heroic Games Launcher have a new release out with 1.8.0 'Arlong' it's also gone multi-platform. With support expanding from Linux onto Windows and MacOS, this is now available to even more players.

In addition to the extra platforms it also brings in some new features, some of which really do improve the way Heroic works overall.

New Features:

  • Support for Windows and MacOS.
  • Added recent games on the tray icon and a filter on the library.
  • Added Discord RPC support (except Linux AppImages)
  • Submenu now is always visible on Game Page.
  • It's possible to update a game from the game page now by clicking on the update information instead of opening the settings like before.
  • Added error message if Python version is lower than 3.8 on Linux since Legendary won't work with it.
  • Added a warning message when the credentials have expired.
  • Added Greek Language
  • Added Simplified Chinese language

Linux Specific:

  • Added shortcuts on Desktop and Applications menu. You can toggle a default setting to always create the shortcuts from settings
  • Added button to create shortcuts from the Game Page.
  • Improved Winetricks and Winecfg handlers and they should work now with proton 6.3+
  • Fixed save-sync folder when using Proton
  • Fixed Proton Path for Steam Flatpak
  • Added STEAM_COMPAT_CLIENT_INSTALL_PATH variable when launching a game with proton since it's needed from Proton versions 6.3+.
  • Improved Logging when running from the terminal.

Nice to see one of my own requests made it in, with recently launched games being listed in the system tray icon so you can quickly launch them again without opening the app. This is what I love about such open source projects, anyone can help them grow and improve with even just simple feedback.

A lot more is planned too including gamepad support in the UI, a downloads queue, auto-updating for games and of course more spit and polish on the overall experience.

You can download Heroic from GitHub.

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With great releases, we get some bugs as always and I just released 1.8.1 to fix the issue with Heroic telling there is an update even if you're the latest version.

Other than that, everything looks fine
Ehvis 2 Jul
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I'm hoping that at some point there will be an option to get rid of the black and white.
Quoting: EhvisI'm hoping that at some point there will be an option to get rid of the black and white.
Yes, theming is planned. But we are working on the redesign first, because we want to support other stores, GOG for instance, soon. Maybe on 2.0 I expect :)
Nice, good to see they are tackling support for Proton within their application. One thing that disappointed me with Lutris was them just giving up altogether once the Soldier Runtime thing started, sure you can symlink the proton runner into Lutris but several components won't work correctly which can create compatibility issues as I've discovered.

For example things like Mod Organizer 2 will fail to function fully with proton wired into lutris.
Why would someone want to use proton and not steam itself you ask? well games launched via steam proton have additional issues themselves such as things like certain system libraries not being visible to proton run apps (python comes to mind).

I'm one of those people who always seems to find those few major weaknesses with wine/proton that absolutely nobody else finds. Probably a result of my mod everything nature, never vanilla :) (all of which is perfectly fine and easy to do under windows btw)
t3g 3 Jul
I don't have Wine installed, but I have Steam with the latest Proton and Proton-GE, for which Heroic finds. Am I supposed to also have Wine installed or can I just use Proton directly?
14 3 Jul
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The only reason I don't have the Heroic Launcher is because it's another store to manage. It's great for Linux gamers to be at the same point that Windows gamers have been at, where you have game launcher overload. I'd say it's the main reason I don't have any games installed from the Epic store even though they release free games that you can get working with Wine / Proton. It's like I'm at capacity for this kind of stuff: Steam native, Proton, Lutris, Battle.net, Origin, minigalaxy, itch.io... I'm happy that the Heroic Launcher is available for those that want to use it. :)
tpau 3 Jul
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Quoting: EhvisBut we are working on the redesign first, because we want to support other stores, GOG for instance, soon. Maybe on 2.0 I expect :)
Hopefully with game stats and Plugins and achievements in the end :)
t3g 3 Jul
Quoting: 14The only reason I don't have the Heroic Launcher is because it's another store to manage. It's great for Linux gamers to be at the same point that Windows gamers have been at, where you have game launcher overload. I'd say it's the main reason I don't have any games installed from the Epic store even though they release free games that you can get working with Wine / Proton. It's like I'm at capacity for this kind of stuff: Steam native, Proton, Lutris, Battle.net, Origin, minigalaxy, itch.io... I'm happy that the Heroic Launcher is available for those that want to use it. :)

I have a lot of games in GOG and have used GameHub and Lutris in the past to run non Linux games. GameHub doesn't really get a lot of updates and Lutis runs like garbage when trying to use GOG Galaxy. If the Heroic Launcher adds GOG support and acts like a GOG Galaxy for Linux by combining multiple stores and the option to use Proton with them, I'm all for it.
denyasis 3 Jul
Quoting: 14It's like I'm at capacity for this kind of stuff: Steam native, Proton, Lutris, Battle.net, Origin, minigalaxy, itch.io...

Exactly, someone should make one launcher to unify them all!

(Yes, I'm joking... kinda)
Unfortunately unification is a little tricky when certain stores don't have a direct web api to use such as Bethesda, Origin, RockStar.. And others which want you to RUN their little malware/updater/advertising bot before launching the game....

Steam is sort of like this but has many more functions such as offline mode and minimal launch options.
I do kind of wish steam had a smaller launch footprint version so people don't need to install full steam to play their games, just some micro api verification tool.

I'm always using stuff like steamless to bypass steam, but its a hassle sometimes and doesn't support MP games.


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