Classic Bethesda titles come to Steam, play them easily on Linux

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With the Bethesda Launcher shutting down, they've begun the migration to Steam and now some of their classics have become available to download easily.

The titles that have newly arrived on Steam are:

You can play them all pretty easily on Linux and the Steam Deck too. Probably the best way is with the likes of Luxtorpeda, a Steam Play tool that helpfully downloads Native Linux game engines. So you would grab Luxtorpeda (using something like ProtonUp-Qt, see my guide) and set Luxtorpeda on them in Steam and it would do the magic for you.

Luxtorpeda will set Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory on Steam to use the far superior ET: Legacy (although there is a Flatpak for this), The Elder Scrolls Arena will use the in-progress OpenTESArena project, and then both Redguard and Battlespire will use a Native Linux version of DOSBox.

As always, just a suggestion, set them up however you want.

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BalkanSpy 27 Apr
They sure took their time, these games have been available on GOG for years (expect ET).
Nod 28 Apr
Quoting: slaapliedjeHuh, is it the native version of Enemy Territory? I still have my physical copy of Quake Wars sitting on my shelf. ET was kind of a game that started a genre and doesn't get the credit it deserves!

Its Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory not Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Wish they would release ETQW on steam, I also have a physical copy, it ran great on Linux (ported by Timothee Besset IIRC) and is still one of my favorite multiplayer FPS games (along with Tribes 2).
hardpenguin 28 Apr
Quoting: drlambWhile it's not via proton this game absolutely does work through (at least custom versions of) Wine including using the "New Horizons" build mod. I've yet to test the maelstrom engine on Linux but that boasts a 64bit directx9 overhaul of the engine.

Oh wow! Thank you for telling me about this! I will definitely give it a try!
slaapliedje 28 Apr
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Quoting: Nod
Quoting: slaapliedjeHuh, is it the native version of Enemy Territory? I still have my physical copy of Quake Wars sitting on my shelf. ET was kind of a game that started a genre and doesn't get the credit it deserves!

Its Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory not Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Wish they would release ETQW on steam, I also have a physical copy, it ran great on Linux (ported by Timothee Besset IIRC) and is still one of my favorite multiplayer FPS games (along with Tribes 2).
Yeah, I know. It was more of a 'oh yeah, I still have ET:Quake Wars on my shelf, this reminded me." I think I have the physical copy of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory somewhere as well...

Still find it weird that Zenimax bought id, then MS bought Zenimax... and Facebook owns Carmack :P
I hope that this will be seen as a success and will lead to more developers to shut down their launchers. I have only recently failed to install the Origin Launcher, much to the annoyance of my daughter who wanted to play Sims 4. I can't even see a single benefit for the costumer. They are only marketing plattforms for the companies. If they would at least do it well so it would work without fiddling, like Paradox Launcher, who works otB flawless within Steam.
Boldos 28 Apr
Wonder why there is no Linux native version available, when we have this?
https://www.etlegacy.com/
TheRiddick 28 Apr
Daggerfall Unity with mods is pretty nice. (uses some base game files)
Check out D.R.E.A.M mod and its recommended stuff (beware some mods need updating to newer DFU versions)
slaapliedje 28 Apr
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Quoting: BoldosWonder why there is no Linux native version available, when we have this?
https://www.etlegacy.com/
Even wothout that, there were linux binaries released for it. id had a great track record for a long time before Zenimax bought them for having Linux builds. Rage seemed to be the first of many.

Edit: if you run a Debian based distribution, there is a deb package that will make it easy to take the original assets and builds up a -data.deb package for you to install so that you can play the native version.

https://wiki.debian.org/Games/GameDataPackager


Last edited by slaapliedje on 28 April 2022 at 12:13 pm UTC
drlamb 28 Apr
Quoting: hardpenguin

I can confirm that the 64bit DirectX9 version of the maelstrom engine does work in my initial testing with the new horizons mod. Shown windowed for screenshot purposes.

maelstrom engine on linux

I should also note there is an open source engine re-implementation project underway.

storm-engine github


Last edited by drlamb on 29 April 2022 at 12:26 pm UTC
hardpenguin 29 Apr
Quoting: drlambI should also note there is an open source engine re-implementation project underway.

store-engine github
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