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.
If you can get the game to start, most everything works fine. The gem store sometimes has a bit of lag or display issues, but its occasional and is not a show stopper.
What does not
Patching - the Guild Wars 2 client runs an update check every start up, and sometimes during play if there is an important update, and will try to download new game files before starting the game. The patcher also updates itself every time the game is launched.
Currently the patcher crashes immediately as it starts downloading files and it is impossible to maintain a playable game, as updates are released roughly every week.
What was not tested
Technically it should be possible to launch the game by running the installation, waiting for the patcher to crash (happens almost immediately) then get a Gw2.dat file from a fully updated MS-Windows installation and copy it into "Program Files/ArenaNet/Guild Wars 2" under your wine prefix's drive_c. Then launch the game again and it should work - until there is another update. I've tested this using Ubuntu 14.04 packaged Wine 1.6.2, the Wine team's beta PPA's 1.7.27 and various other versions - vanila and patched - under PlayOnLinux. Under all of them the patcher behaves the same.
|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|
|31839||Mouse jumps to the upper left corner of the screen||UNCONFIRMED||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|
|33053||Support for dvorak programmer layout.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|33759||Some applications reset the X color profile||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|34342||Chronic crash of Guild Wars 2(out of memory)||NEW||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