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Weird issue with launching Total War: SHOGUN 2 (Steam ver.)

Having a weird issue with Total War: Shogun 2, where it apparently won't run if executed directly trough the Steam client.

Though; For some weird reason or another, I can run it just fine by manually executing the launch script (located at ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/Total War SHOGUN 2/ in a terminal, and letting that launch Steam in addition to the game...

$ cd "$HOME/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/Total War SHOGUN 2/"
$ ./

Which will launch the Steam client and then autostart the game/app itself, just fine..

Though if i simply click "Play" on the game in the Steam client, the green "Running" status will only show for a split second or two, and then nothing happens..

I would assume that Steam would be using the script to launch the game upon clicking "Play" ..So why there seems to be a difference, i've no idea ATM.. And terminal output does not provide any useful info regarding what's the problem, as far as i can tell..

Anyone here experienced something similar, or have any tips on how to troubleshoot it further, or preferably how to resolve it?.. It's quite annoying having to give a game 'special treatments' to run it.. ...

Note: I've also got Total War: Warhammer (and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided), which are both utilizing the same engine etc. etc. , but which both does launch perfectly without issues whatsoever..

  • hastebin listings of Feral's "Generic Feral Launcher script" source: script

Last edited by Duck Hunt-Pr0 on 19 September 2020 at 6:36 pm UTC

Arno 6 Oct

Hey there

I'm having the same issue. The game *should* run natively, but besides the quick green flash that says I'm running the game, nothing happens.

I also tried your solution, but that also does nothing unfortunately.
This is what I get:

WARNING: Total War SHOGUN 2 not launched within the steam runtime
         This is likely incorrect and is not officially supported
         Launching steam in 3 seconds with steam://rungameid/34330
Manjaro steam native configuration found!
Running Steam on manjarolinux 20.1.1 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is disabled by the user
Can't find 'steam-runtime-check-requirements', continuing anyway
/home/arno/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam steam://rungameid/34330

I tried different compatibility tools too, to no avail.
Any helpful pointers would be welcome!

whizse 6 Oct
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Any error messages if you launch steam from a terminal and then launch the game normally?

(Steam outputs a lot of text during start, so it's most likely the messages printed after you hit the play button that's of interest.)

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