Battle in 3-story high Mechs in epic landscapes of Battletech Universe. Select from hundreds of mechs and customize their skill trees. Join factions or fight in teams with your friends in skirmish modes or capture point modes.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Mechwarrior Online in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Mechwarrior Online. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 18.1 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 2.11-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 2.11-staging is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam
Select Windows Steam instead
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: mechwarrioronline
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 2.11-staging
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows XP
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
Steam "might not" have any fonts due to dwrite functionality
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Mechwarrior Online
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Launching Mechwarrior Online
Select Mechwarrior Online
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Search Steam Store for Mechwarrior Online
Uncheck "Created desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Wait for Mechwarrior Online to download
Video Card error
Login with your Mechwarrior Online account
Adjust presets or:
- Screen Resolution
- Windowed Mode
- Direct X Version
- Motion Blur
- 3D Vision Mode
Press ESC to apply
- Object Detail
- Post Processing
Mechwarrior Online ran well enough to play online in PVP team skirmishes. Sometimes it would lag a bit even on medium settings with my GeForce 1060. It may be due to the video card error when launching the game, or driver related. I read that some Windows gamers had to update their drivers to remove the video card warning, but I'm not sure how that is configured for Wine in Linux...
Otherwise, there are additional steps that can be taken to gain a few frame per second. Like using Openbox windows manager or DEBUG flags in PlayOnLinux Configure.