Installing and patching works out of the box. After small tweaks (see HOWTO below), everything runs fine as well. Normal gameplay up through level 12 has been tested and there are no problems with it. All hotkey icons associating with macros display flawlessly.
What does not
Minor graphical glitching is prevalent throughout the game. Game starting screens, loading screens, and most hotkey action icons (except macro - see above) are a mess. As a result, alt text must be used to tell icons apart.
Additionally, the game crashes in my setup when I try to change the resolution during gameplay. This may be a bug with the app itself, considering its beta status - either way, changing resolution works when done before launching the game.
What was not tested
Cash shop to buy in game items with real world currency has not been used. Several game elements, such as mounts and transformations, have not been tested as testing has only been done up through level 12.
If you experience graphics issues, please see HOWTO below as a possible fix.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 12 2010||1.1.36||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 05 2009||1.1.25||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Hideaki|
|Show||Fedora 11||Jul 29 2009||1.1.23||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 03 2009||1.1.20||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 10 x86_64||Apr 03 2009||1.1.18||Yes||Yes||Gold||Victoria|
This HOWTO covers how to fix two graphics problems that I experienced on 64 bit Fedora:
-Black screen on launch
-Corrupted macro icons
FIXING: Black screen on launch
Symptoms: The updater and patcher work fine, but once the "Start Game" button is pressed, nothing appears but black screen, and the client crashes a couple minutes later.
Fix: Change winecfg for patcher.exe (Found in C:\Program Files\Perfect World Entertainment\Ether Saga Online\patcher\patcher.exe) to run in a virtual desktop. Worked for me up to resolution 1680x1050 - if the buttons go off the bottom edge of the screen, adjust the resolution of either the virtual desktop or the app itself (under "Settings" from the launcher).
FIXING: "Halo" effect
Symptoms: This is somewhat of an odd glitch. Essentially, a halo of visibility hovers around your game character - you can see objects, NPCs, monsters and other people in this halo and behind the character, but not in front. This makes the game practically unplayable.
Fix: Fix this by tuning the graphics settings: set Water to its lowest level- this for me created an issue with water appearing in odd places, so turn off Shadows to fix the second glitch.
FIXING: Corrupted icons and loading screens
Symptoms: Your icons, or most of them, look like a horrid mess. Yikes.
Fix: Heema kindly posted a guide in the comments, relinked here: eso-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=50881
This involves applying a patch to Wine. You do not need to replace your current wine install, but you do need to compile Wine yourself in order to apply the patch.
If you want to use two versions of wine, be wary of the command you use to load Ether Saga under the new Wine - you must use the path you installed to, not simply 'wine'.