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.
Mostly the game worked fine. I had pretty much the same frame-rate as under windows, movement, rendering, music, chat... all worked. The game launches very fast. I played some PvE and some WvW, both worked. All in all pretty impressive.
What does not
The first time I ran the game, the music corrupted after about five minutes (in LA, the new LA rebuild song). Next time I started it, it ran ok.
A few buttons don't work: the / and * at the top of my numeric keypad didn't work (both with num lock on and off) so I had to rebind those keys.
Mouselook worked but was usually restricted to about a 180Â° arc so quick spins / turnaround were impossible.
Using a ground targeted skill took me a few times - the first times the crosshair/target was stuck under the feet of the character, after a while it did allow me to target anywhere.
What was not tested
The installer - when the game itself is downloading all the gigabytes - crashed frequently. Workaround: you can copy the big (20 gigs) .dat file from another install, which saves a lot of hassle and download time.
|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