This is a fast paced game where two opposing teams control racing cars to hit a ball into each others goals. The cars can make jumps and even dodge in order to hit the ball. And with the use of the rocket engines, the cars can even fly for a very brief amount of time. All this together makes for very interesting gameplay.
NOTE: This game now has a Linux version on Steam. The Linux version runs perfectly to my experience, so you will probably not need this guide.
The guide will explain how to setup Steam in PlayOnLinux so that you can install and play the game in steam.
Tips & Specs
To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux explained
Arch Linux 64-bit
Launch PlayOnLinux and select 'Tools' and 'Manage Wine versions'
In the new window that appears, scroll through the 'Available Wine versions' box to find '1.7.49' and click on the right pointing arrow to install it, afterwards it will appear on the right side under 'Installed Wine versions'
If you have a 64-bits system, make sure you have selected the 'Wine versions (x86)' tab above, although it works well on 64-bit as well to my experience, I will just not cover it in this guide
Just close the window. Back at the main PlayOnLinux window, select 'Install'
Click on 'Install a non-listed program'
Select 'Install a program in a new virtual drive'
Name the virtual drive "rocketleague"
On the next window, select 'Use another version of Wine', 'Configure wine' and 'Install some libraries'
On the wine selection window, select the 1.7.49 version and click 'Next'. Make sure you select '32-bits window installation' if you are on a 64-bit system, although as mentioned earlier, it should also work using a 64-bit virtual drive if so desired.
When the wine configuration window appear, select the 'Graphics' tab, and click the checkbox for all four options. Make sure that you set the resolution to your desktop resolution. My desktop is at 1920 x 1080, so I set that for the wine virtual desktop resolution. Click OK to continue.
Note: Even though the language is Norwegian in my screenshot, the layout will look the same for you
When you come to the selection of libraries, select POL_Install_steam
Then click Next
You have to go through the Steam install process manually. I always prefer to install Steam by using this library in PlayOnLinux since it takes care of the missing font issue in Steam, while also installing the corefonts library so it looks better than just a manual Steam install.
Just click Next
This install process is pretty straightforward. Click to agree to the EULA, then just click Next through the next few screen, until you can click Install.
When the Steam installation is finished, make sure you uncheck the box for starting Steam, we do not want to start Steam at this point.
After you have unchecked the box for starting Steam, you can click on Finished
When it asks you for the install file to run, click on 'Cancel'
The virtual drive has already been set up by this point and there is no need to run any install file. Now back at the main PlayOnLinux window, click on 'Configure', it does not matter what game shortcut is selected when you click 'Configure' so don't worry about that.
On the left side, find the virtual drive you just set up, it will be listed with the same name you typed in during set-up. Look for 'rocketleague', when you find it make sure to select it. After you have selected it, click on 'Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive'
Check the screenshot above for reference. It is very important that you select the virtual drive you just set up before making further changes.
Select Steam.exe and click next. You can name the shortcut "Steam - Rocket League" then click 'I don't want to make another shortcut' and click next.
Now click on the 'Display' tab on the top. Change 'Video memory size' to reflect your GPU memory.
At this point you can close the PlayOnLinix configuration window and start Steam from the Shortcut in the main PlayOnLinux window. First Steam will update.
Once this update is finished, you may encounter this error message
This can be safely ignored, just click Next and then continue by logging in to Steam
Now just find the game in your game library, and click Install
The game runs perfectly smoothly on my laptop with settings on maximum with 1920x1080 resolution. I have experienced no crashes or other problems, so this seems game seems to work perfectly in Wine. Multiplayer also works great, you can join games and also create your own private games with password just for friends.