32-bit Guild Wars 2 client used when 64-bit system requirements are not met or the client is forced to with the
-32 command-line argument. It is recommended to use the 64-bit client when possible.
Everything so far. Guild Wars 2 build 102,063
With i5+NV 1660 with nvidia-driver 435, Wine 5.2+dxvk and Medium Settings the FPS holds at 45-50 on average maps. On crowded maps like Lion's Arch the FPS drops to 25-30. The 64-bit client has 3-4 less FPS.
What does not
Bad graphical performance
DXVK is needed or the performance is so bad that the game is usable only with the lowest Graphical Settings.
Even with DXVK the performance is lower than on Windows. Anyway the game engine is old.
What was not tested
|Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)
|Feb 20 2020
|Dec 04 2017
|Elementary OS Loki
|Jul 30 2017
|Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena" x86_64
|Jul 11 2017
|openSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)
|Apr 05 2017
|Other apps affected
|Guild Wars 2: Graphical bug causing horizontal lines on world
|Guild Wars 2 updater uses always 100% of a CPU core
|Guild Wars 2 launcher freezes/hangs (unable to launch game)
|Guild Wars 2: Missing sound and game crashes on time adjusting
|Support for dvorak programmer layout.
|Some applications reset the X color profile
|Guild Wars 2: Graphic shows through the ground
|Guild Wars 2: Mouse gets temporary invisible on the Launcher
|Guild Wars 2: Game crashes on uninstalling
|Buffer maps cause CPU-GPU synchronization (Guild Wars 2, The Witcher 3)
PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac users can ignore this entire note - PlayOn* already does all of this for you!
At this point, you have installed Wine and you're ready to install the game.
First, let's figure out how to manage wine prefixes.
Wine Prefix Setup
You really should get used to wine prefixes. If you're installing everything to the default prefix (~/.wine) you're missing out on the ability to use optimal settings (and wine versions) for each game you own. PlayOnLinux/PlayOnMac asks you if you want to create a new prefix when you install something, it's so simple that I'll not explain how to do it.
If you're on linux Q4Wine is a great application which offers a GUI for wine. You can of course manage prefixes but also do a lot of other cool things.
Here is how to create a new prefix with q4wine:
Once you're more familiar with the interface, follow these steps to set up a prefix for GW2:
Of course if you know other ways to manage wine prefixes you can do so.
Install the Game
Your options are:
Installing using the launcher:
Installing using the CD:
This is pretty darn simple, but you're going to install the entire game by patching, so it will take longer.
Installing using existing installation's files:
Here's several things you can do to get better performance/correct problems:
Out-of-memory errors are more common on the 32-bit version of the Guild Wars 2 client. It is highly recommended to use the 64-bit client if possible.
You can fully download all of the game data and any future updates required for Guild Wars 2 by appending
-image as a command-line argument to the Guild Wars 2 executable (
Gw2.exe). An example can be found below:
WINEPREFIX=~/'Wine Prefixes/Guild Wars 2' wine 'Gw2.exe' -image
You can also check the integrity of the game data archive by appending
-repair as a command-line argument (this can take longer than 5-10 minutes to complete):
WINEPREFIX=~/'Wine Prefixes/Guild Wars 2' wine 'Gw2-64.exe' -repair
For quick guidelines:
-image is recommended so you don't have to worry about streaming data during gameplay
Gw2.dat for a while, it's a good idea to run
-repair on it every now and then after updates
-repair is highly recommended