MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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This is the latest version available via the Epic Games Launcher, which is the exclusive distributor of MW5 Mercs on PC for 1 year from its release in late 2019.

Application Details:

Version: Epic Games Launcher
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.6-staging

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Test Results

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What works

The single-player campaign, single-player instant action, the options menu, mech designer, online player friends list.

The real challenge in installing MW5 Mercs is getting Epic Games Launcher to work. The workarounds for that are already posted at

What does not

Cutscenes do not work out of the box without the Media Foundation install.

Multiplayer does not connect. It says "Connecting to server" then times out and returns to the main menu. Others cannot join your multiplayer games, and you can't join others. This is true for both Instant Action and the campaign. Multiplayer used to work, but a patch to MW5 broke multiplayer under Wine.

As of now, I do not have any workarounds for getting multiplayer to work again.


Cutscenes work again by using mf-install from

I play MW5 using DXVK installed via winetricks. DXVK 1.5.4 is what I tested with. The performance is superb.
However, DXVK does not work well with the DirectX rendering mode of Epic Games Launcher. Fortunately, you can run EpicGamesLauncher.exe with the -opengl flag to use a builtin native Windows OpenGL renderer, which works correctly in my testing.

What was not tested

Joysticks/controllers other than keyboard and mouse.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

version 1.0.193 at the time of testing

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 16 20205.6-stagingYes Yes YesBronzeSean McNamara 
ShowUbuntu 19.10 "Eoan" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 13 20205.6-stagingYes No NoGarbageMork 
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 07 20205.0Yes Yes YesBronzeSean McNamara 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
48696 MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - Multiplayer doesn't connect UNCONFIRMED View

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mw 5 works!
by Marcel Busse on Monday March 23rd 2020, 8:37
after installing mf- libs the game is a lot slower in linux.
and it crashes a lot during loading times.
best workarround if you play 2 player, connect to host when level is loaded, it loads in then much faster.
RE: mw 5 works!
by Sean McNamara on Tuesday March 24th 2020, 23:15
Multiplayer doesn't work at all for me. I can't join or host any multiplayer game. How did you get it working?
RE: mw 5 works!
by Marcel Busse on Friday April 10th 2020, 8:26
i used lutris.
RE: mw 5 works!
by Mork on Friday June 5th 2020, 18:21
Hm, any chance you could get more specific? I cannot find any pre-configured installation file for this game, which settings do you use to make it work (especially the multiplayer part)? Thanks!
RE: mw 5 works!
by Marcel Busse on Saturday June 6th 2020, 3:49
well it crahes so much at missionstart that im barely able to play it. you have to play some missions before you can multiplayer it. i didnt use any special settings but from what i experienced is that the wine apps run now and after an update they dont. i installed 2x win10 on my pc via kvm.
mw 5 works!
by Marcel Busse on Monday March 16th 2020, 3:48
you have to buy it twice with 2 different accounts if you want it to run on your local network.
runs like a charm on linux. :)