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Heroic Games Launcher v2.5.0 is out with Downloads Manager, App Sideloading

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Heroic Games Launcher v2.5.0 is out now for managing GOG and Epic Games Store, this new release has some pretty exciting features like sideloading.

The first big new addition is the Downloads Manager, allowing you to queue up many downloads. You can't yet change the download order, but it's a great start for a very useful feature.

You can also now sideload anything. Heroic is no longer just for GOG and Epic Games. This means you can add any game or application on your PC, to launch inside Heroic. Not just that, Heroic is also now a Wine manager, allowing you to add and install various Windows-only games, launchers and more. It will even use SteamGridDB to pull in app images if it finds one for it.

HowLongToBeat data was also added to game pages, if it can find it. So as you go through your library, you can see how long it might take you to play through. Another useful addition.

Other improvements include:

  • An option to automatically add new game installs to Steam.
  • Custom Theme support.
  • Notify you if the installed game is not available (e.g. from a drive not plugged in).
  • Show unsupported games - like Star Wars Squadrons on Epic not being supported as it needs EA app.
  • Improved performance in the UI in general, so some pages load without any delay now like the Game Page and the Install Modal.
  • Better online/offline system so Heroic can handle better when no network is available.
  • GamePad navigation was redone so now the Library Cards do not show any button and also the commands were changed to work exactly like the SteamOS for better familiarity.
  • Changelog will now be shown after Heroic is updated (or by clicking on Heroic Version on Sidebar), so you will be aware of all new features for that new release.
  • Login Screen was redesigned for a more modern look.
  • Added two new themes: Nord Light and Nord Dark.
  • It is now possible to force an installation even if Heroic detects no space left on the device.
  • Heroic will show a warning in case you are not logged in to a store and try to access it from the sidebar.
  • Updated Legendary and Electron to the latest versions.

Here's a little demo of how useful it is on Steam Deck:

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slaapliedje 30 Nov, 2022
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Quoting: dibzHonestly I agree with the others, sideloading usually refers to "not this". Apparently, Wikipedia even has an entry backing that up...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sideloading

All that said, I can see why it's not entirely off-base to use here either, but the confusion it would cause also isn't unreasonable. Using it here makes it sound like Heroic is an ecosystem itself, which it isn't; though if you use a flatpak it might be...
Thanks! I tend to think terms matter, and using one term for another just confuses matters. If Heroic added being able to load off of a 3ds with a cartridge in it over a USB cable, then I would consider it Sideloading.
fenglengshun 30 Nov, 2022
Holy shit, I just tested it, it's so much simpler and quicker adding games via Heroic than through Lutris or Bottles. Has a Total Play Time tracker too so that's the usecase that long kept me to Lutris covered. The UX overall is really nice for games, especially with how simple it is to Add Game (plus how they automatically pulling the cover -- even found the one that's not on Steam).

This is really cool.
hardpenguin 1 Dec, 2022
Very impressive, I love how easy it is to use it as well 👍️
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