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Final Fantasy XIV

Full version of Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers (FFXIV 5.0)

Application Details:

Version: Shadowbringers (Official Client)
License: Subscription
URL: http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.11-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Old Launcher - with minor workarounds:

  • Fresh installation
  • Patching

Game Client - with minor workarounds

What does not

The new launcher does not work, it starts up but never finishes loading the content inside the window.

Without the cinematic workaround, the game client shows the spinning loading indicator forever after selecting a data center, never proceeding to character selection.

Workarounds

DXVK 1.8.1 is installed for better performance.

What was not tested

32-bit legacy client (D3D9)

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

The game does not require installation from scratch to work properly. You can copy an existing installation folder and run boot/ffxivboot.exe to start the launcher.

To use the old launcher:

  • Changing Browser to 1 in ~/Documents/My Games/FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn/FFXIV_BOOT.cfg will use the old launcher. To create the file, start the new launcher (which doesn't work).

To disable client launch cutscene:

  • Change CutsceneMovieOpening to 1 in ~/Documents/My Games/FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn/FFXIV.cfg. To create the file, start the game client. Without this workaround, you will be stuck on a loading screen after selecting a data center.

Apart from these two issues, the game runs flawlessly at near-native performance.

CPU: Intel Core i5 (Haswell)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 21.04 "Hirsute" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 20 20216.11-stagingYes Yes YesGoldMaia Everett 
ShowGentoo LinuxMay 10 20205.6-stagingYes Yes YesSilverBrad 
ShowantiX-19 x64-core "Marielle Franco"Nov 24 20194.20-stagingYes Yes YesGoldspaceman 
ShowFedora 31 x86_64Nov 20 20194.19-stagingYes Yes YesGoldSean Rhone (Espionage724) 
ShowFedora 30 x86_64Aug 20 20194.13-stagingYes Yes YesGoldSean Rhone (Espionage724) 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
48006 Final Fantasy XIV Launcher stuck on splash screen NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO

The attractive new Launcher does not work, it will not load under Wine.

To use the old launcher.:

Edit FFXIV_BOOT.cfg:

Change Browser from 0 to 1

NOTE: Previously it was necessary to change the BrowserType setting, this is untouched now.

If you are having a problem with the launcher reporting you are not licenced to use this platform (or missing service license), the Launcher has mistaken Linux (no license available) for MacOS (separate license available). There is an option in the winecfg GUI on the Staging tab, tick the Hide Wine version from applications checkbox.

The opening cut scene still doesn't work, without disabling it you cannot progress to the character selection screen.

Edit FFXIV.cfg:

Change CutsceneMovieOpening from 0 to 1

It is no longer necessary to use a 32-bit wineprefix or install additional (winetricks) components. Apart from these two text file edits Final Fantasy XIV works out-of-the-box now.

For missing service license issues launching the game open winecfg (in your FF prefix) and on the Staging tab, tick the Hide Wine version from applications checkbox.

NB: After entering username and password it is essential to press Enter (on the keyboard) rather than clicking the button (with the mouse). If you are receiving a Javascript error using the Launcher this is essential.

Comments

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by Maia Everett on Monday August 9th 2021, 4:19
If you find the official launcher too annoying, you can instead use an unofficial launcher called XIVLauncher. It runs flawlessly under Wine with "winetricks dotnet48". Its in-game plugin system (Dalamud) is currently broken under modern Wine versions and requires Wine 5.17 or earlier to function, but everything else works under any version of Wine.

by Maia Everett on Wednesday July 21st 2021, 2:36
And the day after I posted my test results, something changed and ffxivboot.exe doesn't work anymore — it opens the new launcher.

ffxivboot64.exe works with the old launcher, but out of the box will complain about a missing service license under wine-staging. To fix this, open winecfg and on the Staging tab, tick the "Hide Wine version from applications" checkbox. After this, the old launcher should work correctly.
Prevent Old launcher startup registration
by Mahdi Fathalla on Tuesday October 13th 2020, 8:09
You can prevent startup registration in the old launcher by updating in FFXIV_BOOT.cfg,
from "StartupCompleted 0" to "StartupCompleted 1"
Additional tweaks for near Native performance (revised May 10 2020 test data)
by Brad on Tuesday September 22nd 2020, 9:59
Just as a heads up with Wine staging 5.17 and DXVK 1.7.1 I am seeing huge performance gains in FFXIV.
I went from 35-40fps max to 75-120fps, averaging about 90-100 in 4/8 man content.
My hardware is the same as my posted test data (3700X w/ PBO clocks and a 5700XT) and I am seeing nearly a 100% performance increase in most cases.

The original issue with my low performance in my test was found to be CSMT, but it was required to play the game due to rendering artifacts when it was not enabled.
Unable to launch game.
by spaceman on Sunday April 19th 2020, 6:18
The launcher appears to be working...on a fresh install it prompts for the Registration Code. I enter this and it rejects the code as already registered (well, yeah).

I copied a ~/Documents/My Games/FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn/ folder from a previous, but no longer, working distro which causes the launcher to present the log in screen. I enter my Square Enix ID, Square Enix Pasword and One-Time Password (from the authenticator) and I'm presented with a new screen which informs me:
This service account does not have a valid FINAL FANTASY XIV licence for this platform or your subscription has expired...

Of course I do have a current subscription, as I can play on Windows, no issues.
RE: Unable to launch game.
by spaceman on Sunday April 19th 2020, 6:19
Wine Staging 5.6 on Debian Sid derivative antiX Linux Core.
RE: Unable to launch game.
by Jerome on Monday May 11th 2020, 18:09
You need to activate the option to hide wine version to program in winecfg. If you do not ff14 thinks you are playing on a mac and check for the mac license since they use wine for the mac version
RE: Unable to launch game.
by spaceman on Wednesday May 13th 2020, 13:49
Jerome, thank you!

I have never had to use this switch before with any game. However, FFXIV is running a treat again with Wine on Linux. I am very grateful to you thanks again!
Blank Launcher
by spaceman on Saturday November 16th 2019, 8:22
I built a fresh 32-bit wineprefix, installed xact with winetricks, tried downloading the Direct9 redistributable and installed that into the prefix.

Every time I start Final Fantasy, the Launcher opens up displaying the FFXIV Online graphic and does nothing else, goes no further.

I have set my ~/Documents/My Games/FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn/FFXIV_BOOT.cfg to
DX11Enabled 1
...
BrowserType 2

I have also tried other BrowserType values: 0,1,3.

Image below shows all I get:

postimg.cc/Vd846Wqg

Thank you.
RE: Blank Launcher
by Sean Rhone (Espionage724) on Wednesday November 20th 2019, 18:14
Ignore "BrowserType" (keep it at 0), and set "Browser" to "1"; this will revert the launcher to the older one that works (mostly) fine (may have to press Enter instead of clicking Login)
RE: Blank Launcher
by spaceman on Sunday November 24th 2019, 5:20
Thanks Sean. I'm playing again, what more can I say.
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