Update: The Wine AppDB now has instructions
that include getting the launcher working. I'll leave my instructions here for now, but I'd recommend following the AppDB guide instead.
If you're like me and you can't wait for the Linux (or Mac) version to be released, you can try running it with wine. I've played maybe 25 missions and it's worked fine so far. Hopefully someone else will find this useful - if you have any feedback, please post below!
I'm assuming that you've already downloaded the windows release of Wing Commander Saga: Darkest Dawn and unzipped it into /some/path.1) Install Wine
Rather than repeat someone else's work, refer to here for general instructions
Ubuntu users can add this PPA
to get access to a recent version of wine.2) Prepare the Wine environment
I like to keep all my wine apps separate from each other. I think it makes it easier to run different apps without conflicts.
Open a terminal and run the following command:
Note - you need to keep this terminal window open to run the rest of the commands below.
You can replace .wine-wcsdd with anything you like - the name does not matter.3) Install WCS:DD
Run the installer with:
/some/path is where-ever you extracted the install files to.
Just accept all the defaults - if you change the install dir you'll need to update the script I use below (if you want to use the script that is). The install should also put a link on your desktop, I... umm... deleted it because I like the command line
, but you may prefer to use the link to run the game rather than mess with scripts like I do...4) Run the game once
Running the game creates some registry paths - it's easier to do this than type them in by hand:
wine $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/Program\ Files/Wing\ Commander\ Saga/wcsaga_sse2.exe
(or use the desktop shortcut)
Create a pilot, and then exit.5) Update the registry
From your terminal, run regedit
and set the following key/values in:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Volition -> WingCommanderSaga
You only really need to set the 1st key/value to get your correct video resolution, but the others don't hurt.
|VideocardFs2open||REG_SZ||OGL -(1680x1050)x32 bit||Change 1680x1050 to be your resolution|
|OGL_AnisotropicFilter||REG_SZ||4.0||Or use 8.0, or 16.0|
Use the desktop shortcut. Or if you like scripts:
#!/bin/bash7) The Launcher
cd $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/Program\ Files/Wing\ Commander\ Saga
The whole regedit thing could be skipped if you can get the launcher working. I couldn't, but I didn't try very hard either. It seems to be a .NET app, so you may have some luck if you want to install mono - at least, that's what wine suggested