Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void, including Starter Editions
Please try the Stater Edition before buying the game to make sure it works on your system (link below). It includes the first campaign (Wings of Liberty) and the Arcade (Mods)
Consider including the following in your test results:
- Versus (Multiplayer) Mode
- Coop Mode (at least somehow, see below)
- Most Arcade Games (although some do not)
These all are running smooth and without any crashes, all of this on a fairly old computer, BUT.....
What does not
- All of the above only work well when Graphics Quality is set to "Low". Apparently wine has problems with SC2's shaders. I found a supposed fix for this (overriding the msvcr100 library to "native" in winecfg), but it will just make the game crash on startup.
- Coop mode works, but especially when playing the weekly mutations on a higher difficulty, heavy lags can occur. So I would not recommend playing the game using wine if your main interest is the coop mode. Versus mode (Multiplayer/1vs1 etc) works fine though.
- Some Arcade games may cause Starcraft II to crash in wine.
- Minimizing the Game/Tabbing out of the game. This will cause the game to freeze. Apparently a fix for this is just telling wine to "emulate a virtual desktop" in winecfg. I found this to be very annoying when using other non-fullscreen apps with wine. You can also just press ALT+F2, type "xkill" (although you wont see any text field), press enter, and then click anywhere and SC2 will close.
Here are some (minor) performance improvements you can make. They created a noticeable difference for me.
1. Open wine's registry by opening a terminal and then type "wine regedit"
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/Direct3D (just click on the Direct3D folder. If there is none, create one)
Add the Following strings (right click (on the the right side) ->
new -> String value, then enter the name, then double click it and
enter the value.):
--- Name: Value ----
VideoMemorySize: (enter your graphic card memory here, for example: 2048 for 2GB)
What was not tested
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" x86_64||Oct 15 2018||3.18-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||TPLG|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jul 14 2018||3.12||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Maciej Stanczew|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||May 06 2018||3.7-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Raoul Salan|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 05 2018||3.5||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Raoul Salan|
|Show||Debian 10.x "Buster"||Dec 17 2017||3.0-rc2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Brigham Andersen|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|11674||Dual-core unsupported in WoW and SC2||STAGED||View|
|29168||Multiple games and applications need realtime updates to KSYSTEM_TIME members in KUSER_SHARED_DATA (Star Wars: The Old Republic game client, Blizzard games: 32-bit Diablo III, 32-bit WoW, Overwatch, GO 1.4+ runtime)||STAGED||View|
|30853||Wine doesn’t always handle "right alt" properly||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|32342||Multiple applications and games using 'Webkit' or 'Blink' web browser engine crash on startup ('Arial' and 'Times New Roman' font face name validation)||STAGED||View|
|33759||Some applications reset the X color profile||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|40979||Starcraft 2 crashes in online game.||NEEDINFO||View|
It looks like the 64-bit LotV client is not working in wine so far. To try the 32-bit client
If using custom gamma settings or using an application that automatically changes gamma (e.g. redshift) then at specific times, your gamma setting may reset for a short time.
To fix this, open the registry editor and navigate to:
Inside the newly created "X11 Driver" add the chain value "UseXVidMode" and set it to "N".
After a Battle.net update or a crash, there are sometimes old processes left running that may interfere with your next launch. These processes can be killed before trying again:
killall -i -r '.exe'
Or you can do this manually (and more safely):
ps x #and then....kill as necessary after you got the process ID in the first column
#of course it doesn't hurt to take a look at the manual for these commands:
You can download the StarCraft II Starter Edition for free via the Battle.net Launcher, which includes the first campaign (Wings Of Liberty) and the Arcade (Mods).
Please test how / if the game works before buying it.
As of October Windows XP is no longer supported