The Version sold through Origin.
SimCity is updated automatically, so it makes no sense to maintain separate versions.
Installing if you use a wine-build with patch 31438 (bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=43385) installed.
[Note jre: this patch needs to be applied to the installed Origin, not to wine]
What does not
What was not tested
Playing the game, as it did not start.
The game fails wether you start it through Origin or by using the executable. Manually starting EAActivationUI starts up a window but immediately quits without any apparent error. Running wine with WINEDEBUG=+all shows the message "warn:module:map_image Need to relocate module from 0x40000000 to 0x10d0000, but there are no relocation records", indicating that the libraries relocation table was stripped. Further investigations show that the lib seems to be packed using EA's custom dll protection as part of securing the DRM-lib against hackers. I am not sure why this is not a concern in the linux versions of wine.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04||Apr 28 2021||6.4||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Luciano|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 30 2020||5.5-staging||Yes||No||No||Garbage||Miko?aj|
|Show||Unknown||Sep 23 2018||3.0.3||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||User|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 02 2018||3.0.2||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Akati|
|Show||Fedora 28 x86_64||Jul 01 2018||3.11-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Desperalaw|
Download and install Origin:
... and follow the graphical Origin installer process.
Do not login, yet.
Just click away the login window.
Only for wine version 1.7.34 or older: Patch Origin's Qt5Network.dll to buffer the QTcpSocket againThis is needed for a smooth download. Otherwise the download rate will drop to zero within a few seconds, or even hang on "Preparing ...". See bug #31438, which was fixed in wine 1.7.35.
Above commands download the python patch script to your home directory, make it executable and then execute it in the correct folder. In case the lines are wrapped on your display: the lines start with "cd", "wget", "chmod", "cd" and the last line with "~/patch_qt5network_wine.py".
This script is quite flexible in finding the correct byte to patch, even if Origin comes with a new version of the dll. If it fails anyway check the bug report for news.
cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Origin
... and download & install SimCity in there.
Force the installation to finish:
If the SimCity installer gets stuck after downloading on "Installing..." for more than 5 minutes do a
Disable Origin in Game:
Otherwise SimCity.exe will crash shortly after starting it.
In the Origin window go to "Origin - Application Settings - Origin In Game" and untick "Enable Origin In Game".
(In the past it was recommended to remove IGO32.dll instead. But this doesn't work anymore.)
Start SimCity in Origin:
cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Origin
In Origin hover over SimCity and click "Play".
If SimCity freezes in fullscreen and you can't get back to your desktop hit "Control" + "Alt" + "F1", this will bring you to a text terminal. There login and type:
| killall SimCity.exe
If you started the game, can hear the sounds of the intro, but the actual SimCity game is not visible, then try to bring it to the foreground by cycling through your windows with "Alt" + "Tab" several times. If this doesn't work, quit everything, start winecfg, choose the "Graphics" rider and select "Emulate a virtual desktop" (choose a resolution just a littlebit smaller than your display's resolution). Then start SimCity again.
If you get an error message in the login prompt of Origin that the EA servers are currently not available, enable the insecure GTE CyberTrust Global Root certificate. (See bug #35828). Note that this certificate is not secure because its key length is only 1024 bits. Check in /etc/ca-certificates.conf which certificates are installed.
Check your distribution's help to learn how to enable this cerificate. E.g. in Debian do a
|sudo dpkg-reconfigure ca-certificates
Origin is not aware of what is happening in SimCity.
After quitting SimCity it will complain that it is still running. Further the "Last Played" is not updated. Just ignore it. Or use a patched version of wine, see bug #33723.