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.
* Dungeons, fracals
* World Bosses and Events (temples, ...)
* Crafting, including at the mystic forge
* Other "ordinary life" aspects (explorable zones, ...)
What does not
* Style section of the Gem Store: it used to work in previous releases although it was buggy, not sure exactly which release broke it, it was after my previous report anyway - or is it a GW2 bug?
* WvW and World Events almost unplayable because of too poor performances + occasional crashes. Same experience while killing some champions (in particular during guild bounty). Also worse / more frequent than in previous releases (back 4-5 releases). But I really think it is actually due to the Megaserver update, that emphasizes the already known limits of Wine towards running GW2. I recently tested older releases briefly and got similar issues.
What was not tested
* PvP, but I think it works fine (as fine as the rest anyway)
* I still revert an old commit that broke the mouse view to 180Â°: git revert --no-edit 76bbf106a28c4caa82873e8450bde7d4adc765bf, but I did not test this release without the revert
* game installation, but since updates are fine, I assume install should work too
* Starting the game with or without -dx9single makes little difference to me. * I have the feeling performances are best just after starting the game + when there are fewest sprites moving around (players or NPC). Having low or high options makes no difference when few characters are around, performances are not too bad. * However, I decreased the options regarding the rendering of characters, but to no avail in World Events (now overly large since Megaserver update). * CPU to performance now give smaller advantage compared to previous releases, which is good because it means more gets done by the GPU; on the other hand, it is now mostly beneficial, but not enough, when in large events though. * My personal experience on the listed bugs: 11674 : Dual-core unsupported in WoW and SC2 => I see the symptoms but not sure about the cause 29872 : Guild Wars: Character graphic is corrupted => Only and systematically when changing outfit, or when trying to preview more than 2 pieces of outfit at once, but clears when traveling. 30511 : Guild Wars 2 launcher crashes with "assertion m_ioCount failed" => Unsure, game used not to crash much for me until Megaserver update 31442 : Guild Wars 2 freezes on text input fields => far outdated, corrected long ago 31628 : Guild Wars 2 Low Performance/Not using all CPU cores => I have the symptoms but I am not sure of the causes 31952 : Guild Wars 2: Graphical bug causing horizontal lines on world => Never experienced (Nvidia GPU + AMD Phenom CPU) 32010 : Guild Wars 2 updater uses always 100% of a CPU core => Never experienced in a permanent way, but I am not sure charge is equally distributed over my 4 CPUs 32152 : Guild Wars 2: Missing sound and game crashes on time adjusting => Never experienced 32153 : Guild Wars 2: Input gets stuck => Far outdated, long corrected 32586 : Guild Wars 2: Installation window is hidden => True unless you start the game with -dx9single option, but even if the window does not show, it is here and the game will launch fine 33053 : Support for dvorak programmer layout. => I have no idea what this is about 33479 : Guild Wars 2: Raw input is broken => used to be broken, then fine, then broken again. Not sure of current status, I would say it is still broken, this is why I revert old patch 34144 : Guild Wars 2: Crash if minimized => Never experienced, but I never minimize: I use several desktops, one exclusively for the game, and switch back and forth without leaving full screen 34342 : Chronic crash of Guild Wars 2(out of memory) => Still around, not sure about the causes 35118 : Guild Wars 2 runs slow => Still around, not sure about the causes 35852 : Sound plays too fast, alsa underruns => Never experienced, I have been using Pulseaudio since before GW2 beta and it works fine to me
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 20 2020||5.2-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Stefanescu A|
|Show||Solus||Dec 04 2017||2.21||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Victor Roux|
|Show||Elementary OS Loki||Jul 30 2017||2.12-staging||Yes||Yes||Gold||Brendon|
|Show||Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena" x86_64||Jul 11 2017||2.12||Yes||Yes||Gold||Marosh|
|Show||openSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)||Apr 05 2017||2.4||Yes||Yes||Gold||Jon|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|15118||PokerTracker HUD dysfunctional (UpdateLayeredWindow per-pixel alpha, color keying not implemented)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|20395||Mouse / keyboard input not handled (RawInput)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|27168||chromium-based apps can't load https sites||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|29872||Guild Wars: Character graphic is corrupted||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|30511||Guild Wars 2 launcher crashes with "assertion m_ioCount failed"||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|31442||Guild Wars 2 freezes on text input fields||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|31557||Guild Wars 2 screenshots look bad||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|31628||Guild Wars 2 Low Performance/Not using all CPU cores||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|31691||Raw mouse input is erratic and/or causes major performance drops||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|31702||Mouselook (raw input) is bound to a box every other click in Guild Wars 2||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|31839||Mouse jumps to the upper left corner of the screen||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|31934||fglrx returns wrong values for GL_MAX_FRAGMENT_UNIFORM_COMPONENTS_ARB and GL_MAX_TEXTURE_UNIFORM_COMPONENTS_ARB||CLOSED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|31952||Guild Wars 2: Graphical bug causing horizontal lines on world||NEW||View|
|32010||Guild Wars 2 updater uses always 100% of a CPU core||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|32058||Guild Wars 2 launcher freezes/hangs (unable to launch game)||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|32152||Guild Wars 2: Missing sound and game crashes on time adjusting||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|32153||Guild Wars 2: Input gets stuck||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|32586||Guild Wars 2: Installation window is hidden||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|33053||Support for dvorak programmer layout.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|33479||Multiple games (Guild Wars 2, Risen 2, Tomb Raider 2013): Raw input is broken||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|33559||Guild Wars 2: Randomly buttons are pressed||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|33759||Some applications reset the X color profile||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|34342||Chronic crash of Guild Wars 2(out of memory)||NEW||View|
|35118||Guild Wars 2 runs slow||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|36889||Guild Wars 2: After minimizing the game immediately recovers the window||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|37937||Fullscreen applications are minimized when switching virtual desktops / workspaces||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|37959||Guild Wars 2 freezes on startup||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|38297||Prince of Persia: Warrior Within: rendering issues||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|38349||Guild Wars 2: rendering issues||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|39148||Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 don't exit properly||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|40299||Guild Wars 2: Graphic shows through the ground||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|40300||Guild Wars 2: Mouse gets temporary invisible on the Launcher||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|40843||Guild Wars 2: Game crashes on uninstalling||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|44315||Buffer maps cause CPU-GPU synchronization (Guild Wars 2, The Witcher 3)||NEW||View|
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:
-imageis recommended so you don't have to worry about streaming data during gameplay
Gw2.datfor a while, it's a good idea to run
-repairon it every now and then after updates
-repairis highly recommended