City of Heroes

City Of Heroes


Application Details:

Version: All Versions
License: Retail
Votes: 45
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.31

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What works

  • Downloader/Launcher (using command line arguments & additional script...see below)
  • Updating
  • Sound
  • Game

What does not

  • The NCSoft Launcher (required for patching/launching CoH) has issues updating itself, and, its interface displays no content (graphics, menus, text, etc) rendering it useless as a GUI


What was not tested

  • Extended game play..I'm sure I missed a lot.

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

=== Getting the NCSoft Launcher working === Everything installed to an empty wineprefix: 1 - Prep: $ export WINEARCH=win32 (if you run 64-bit) $ winecfg (Graphics tab -> Emulate a virtual desktop) $ winetricks dotnet20 2 - Install the NCSoft launcher. 3 - Run the launcher, when you get the "Path not found" error exit it. 4 - Get this script:;tips=1 and Install it into the same directory as NCLauncher.exe. 5. Change these 2 variables: WINE=wine WINEPREFIX=/your/prefix 6 - Run script 7 - Run NCLauncher.exe If everything went well, you should be able to select the EULA. When you get a grey empty window, close the launcher. Keep the script, if you get the Path not found error again, re-run it. === Download/Install CoH === $ wine "C:\Program Files\NCSoft\Launcher\NCLauncher.exe" /LaunchGame=CityofHeroes If you get a "Module not found" error, try the repair button. (Can't remember the exact details around this...did the install a week ago). === Starting the Game === When starting, the game would never progress pass a CoH splash graphic, adding -renderthread 0 resolved this. Also, an error would always come up telling me I didn't meet the min specs, that was fixed by adding -ignoreBadDriver. $ wine "C:\Program Files\NCSoft\Launcher\NCLauncher.exe" /LaunchGame=CityofHeroes /GameArgs="-renderthread 0" "-ignoreBadDriver" === Other things === There should be a way to exit the launcher after starting the game, I just don't know what argument to use, or what setting to put in a file.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 03 20131.5.31N/A Yes BronzeMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 24 20121.4No, but has workaround Yes SilverMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 24 20121.4No, but has workaround Yes SilverMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 24 20121.4No, but has workaround Yes GarbageMark 
CurrentopenSUSE 12.1 x86_64Feb 18 20121.4-rc3Yes Yes SilverFeldspar 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Note about setting game resolution

Information courtesy of Dan.

"There seems to be an issue currently with the ingame resolution options. If you change them, then click apply, it will reset the resolution back to before you changed it and tell you to restart. When you restart, the resolution won't have changed. To get it to change you have to set it to the correct resolution, apply, set it again, and then quit the game with the options menu still open."

Possible Fix for shaders (specific to NVidia cards)

Information courtesy of Tremblay:

In the registry, in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\OpenGL, have the string value DisabledExtensions set to:

GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object GL_NV_register_combiners GL_NV_register_combiners2 GL_NV_register_combiners3 GL_NV_texture_shader GL_NV_texture_shader2

(basically list each extensions with a space between each)

I can then set the in-game shader option higher than low with bumpmaps.

I think you *could* leave out GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object, I put it there because it helps World of Warcraft.;forum=1;msg=37609

Jeff has offered another work around:

Run 'CohUpdater.exe -usetexenvcombine' to run in a low graphics mode that allows use of the costume selector and mission architect.  Beats adding / removing the registry keys, and it'll usually retain your old graphics settings.  Just make sure you don't have any level of antialiasing enabled (2x, 4x, etc) otherwise there'll be graphical wackiness


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