With the open source tool Heroic Games Launcher, many Windows games from the Epic store can also be run on Linux. On Windows and macOS, the application can serve as a slim alternative to the Epic Games Launcher. With Heroic Games Launcher 2.0 “Roronoa Zoro”, logging into Epic has become even easier. The program interface has also been revised. Under macOS, the application can now also install native games and filter them according to its own platform.
More convenient registration
Previously, you first had to manually insert a character string (SID) into Heroic, but that is no longer necessary. Instead, Heroic uses the log-in of the Epic Store, which can be reached directly in the program. If you want to log out in Heroic, you should do so first in the integrated Epic Store. Otherwise, Heroic will automatically log in again with their log-in data, 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, the creation of a desktop link and information about the Wine version used and the Wine prefix are located under “Tools”. To uninstall a game, you also have to open “Tools” or right-click on the image in the library overview.
The team has also continued to work on the performance: Thanks to the improvements, Heroic should now use even less CPU and RAM. Under Linux the tool occupies around 100 MByte RAM, under Windows it should be around 200 MByte. Helpful in case of problems: At the bottom of the settings there are two new options for clearing the cache and for resetting the entire app.
On this occasion, the development team also just pulled the game installation: Now it doesn’t matter whether you start the installation via the picture in the library or on the details page. Both lead to the same dialog in which the installation path can be adjusted or an existing installation can be imported. Lists all 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-distribution AppImage.
Soon with support for Flatpak and GOG.com
There are still a few interesting functions on Heroic’s roadmap for the future: For the time being, main developer Flávio F. Lima wants to concentrate on Flatpak support so that the app can be installed more easily on Valve’s handheld console Steam Deck, which will probably 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, the team announced on his Patreon side an.
In the future, Heroic also wants to support GOG.com. The online platform for DRM-free games also only delivers its game launcher GOG Galaxy as a Windows version.