Another guide for you today. For those of you who want to use the EA App on the Steam Deck (or a Linux desktop!), here's one of the possible ways to do it using Bottles.
Bottles is a free and open source application with one purpose, to make managing Windows games on Linux a little bit easier. It's going through plenty of development and is improving at a rapid pace, so I decided (after many requests) to take it for a spin. First up, here's the video guide:
- Grab the Bottles application from Flathub. On Steam Deck, it's available via the Discover software centre.
- Load it up, and hit the "Create a new Bottle" button and give it a name.
- Once done, go into the new Bottle by clicking it and head to the "Installers" menu and pick the EA Launcher.
- Wait a while, and once done it should launch. That's it.
Bottles does thankfully make the setup really easy, since it handles the management of everything for you.
As I mentioned in the video though, the EA App is pretty terrible overall and likes to freeze up but once going properly it's generally okay. As for the performance test of Battlefield V, well that speaks for itself. Like most games running through Wine / Proton, they need to build up a good shader cache before they go from a stuttery mess to butter smooth and that can take a while.
Lastly, Humble Choice currently has Mass Effect Legendary Edition which you can install with this method.