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How to play Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on Linux

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a dark action-adventure game developed and published by Ninja Theory. It is set in the 8th century and follows Senua, a Pict warrior from Orkney.  In this guide, we’ll show you how to get Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice working on Linux.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on Linux

Hellblade was never ported to Linux. However, it will work on the Linux platform with Steam’s “Steam Play” feature. To make use of the Steam Play feature, you must install the Linux Steam client.

Install Steam

To start the installation of Steam on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below that corresponds with the Linux operating system you currently use.


If you need to install Steam on Ubuntu, you will be able to do it using the following Apt command.

sudo apt install steam


Debian Linux users can install Steam through the Debian software repositories. However, the user needs to enable “non-free,” which is pretty tedious manually. A better way is to download the Steam DEB package using the wget command below.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

Once the Steam DEB package is done downloading to your Debian system, you can install it on your computer using the following dpkg command. Keep in mind during the installation; some dependency issues may occur. To fix these issues, follow this guide.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, the Steam app is available to users in the “multilib” software repository. To install Steam, enable “multilib” in your Pacman.conf file. After that, use the pacman command below to get the app working.

sudo pacman -S steam


Suppose you’re a Fedora Linux or OpenSUSE Linux user. In that case, we highly recommend installing Steam through the Flatpak instructions, rather than going through the process of installing the native version on your system. Flatpak is much easier to get going on these two operating systems, so this method for installing Steam is best.


Steam is available on the Flathub app store as a Flatpak. To get started, you will need to install the Flatpak runtime on your Linux system. To do that, install the “flatpak” package. If you’re having issues setting up the runtime, follow this guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC, use the flatpak remote-add command to add the Flathub app store to your computer. Flathub is where the Steam Flatpak is located. 

flatpak remote-add –if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Once you’ve added the Flathub app store to your system, you will be able to install the Steam Linux app with the flatpak install command below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on Linux

After installing Steam on your Linux PC, launch it and log into your account. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice working on Linux.

Step 1: To play Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, you must enable Steam Play. To do that, click on the “Steam” menu, followed by the “Settings” button. After opening up the “Settings” window, locate the “Steam Play” button, and click on it.

Inside the Steam Play area, locate the “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” box and the “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.” After enabling Steam Play on your Linux PC, find the “OK” button and click on it to save it.

Step 2: After setting up Steam Play, locate the “STORE” button, and click on it with the mouse. Upon selecting “STORE,” find the search box and type in “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice,” and press the Enter key to search.

Look through the search results for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and select it to head over to the Hellblade Store page. 

Step 3: On the Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Steam Store page, locate the green “Add to cart” button, and click on it with the mouse. From here, you can purchase the game.

Step 4: Upon purchasing the game, select “LIBRARY” button in Steam to access your Steam library. From there, search for “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” and select it with the mouse to access the Hellblade Steam library page.

On the “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” Steam library page, find the blue “INSTALL” button, and click on it with the mouse. By selecting this button, Steam will begin to download and install the game on your computer. Be patient, as it may take some time.

Step 5: When Steam is done downloading Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to your Linux PC, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select it with the mouse to enjoy your game on Linux!

Troubleshooting Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has a perfect rating on ProtonDB, so it should run out of the box once installed. If you have issues while playing the game on your Linux PC, you can troubleshoot it by heading over to the Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice ProtonDB page.

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