With the open source tool Heroic Games Launcher, many Windows games from the Epic store can be run on Linux as well. On Windows and macOS, the app can serve as a slim alternative to the Epic Games launcher. With Heroic Games Launcher 2.0 “Roronoa Zoro”, connecting to Epic just got easier. The program interface has also been revised. In macOS, the application can now also install native games and filter them according to its own platform.
More convenient registration
Previously, you had to manually insert a character string (SID) in Heroic first, but this is no longer necessary. Instead, Heroic uses the Epic Store login, which can be reached directly in the program. If you want to sign out of Heroic, you need to do so in the built-in Epic Store first. Otherwise, Heroic will automatically reconnect with their login details, as both use the same cookies.
The program interface has a sidebar instead of the navigation above. The details page, which shows a larger preview image, has also been redesigned. Settings such as the installation path, creating a desktop link, and information about the version of Wine being used and the Wine prefix can be found under “Tools”. To uninstall a game, you must also open “Tools” or right-click on the image in the library preview.
The team also continued to work on performance: thanks to the improvements, Heroic should now use even less CPU and RAM. On Linux the tool takes up around 100MB of RAM, on Windows it should be around 200MB. Useful if something goes wrong: at the bottom of the settings there are two new options to clear the cache and to reset the entire application.
On this occasion, the development team has also just removed the installation of the game: now it does not matter whether you start the installation via the image in the library or on the details page. Both lead to the same dialog where the installation path can be adjusted or an existing installation can be imported. Lists all the innovations das Changelog im Github-Repository on.
Heroic Games Launcher 2.0 for Linux, macOS, and Windows can be downloaded from the project website. For Linux there is, among other things, a cross-distributed AppImage.
Coming soon with support for Flatpak and GOG.com
There are still a few cool features on Heroic’s roadmap for the future: At the moment, lead developer Flávio F. Lima wants to focus on Flatpak support so that the app can be installed more easily on the console. Laptop from Valve Steam Deck, which will likely not be available until February at the earliest is to be expected. Flathub will then also be able to install the tool more easily on other Linux distributions, announced the team for its part Patreon.
In the future, Heroic also wants to support GOG.com. The online platform for DRM-free games also only offers its GOG Galaxy games launcher in Windows version.
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