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How to play The Escapists 2 on Linux

The Escapists 2 is a strategy RPG developed by Toof Studios and published by Team17. Here’s how to play The Escapists 2 on Linux.

Getting The Escapists 2 working on Linux

The Escapists 2 works just fine on Linux out of the box, as it is a native game. However, you must install the Linux Steam client to play it. To install Steam on your Linux PC, start by opening up a terminal window.

To open up a terminal window on the desktop, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

With the terminal window open on your desktop, the installation of Steam can begin. Follow the installation instructions below that correspond with your Linux operating system.


To get Steam working on Ubuntu, run the apt install command in a terminal window.

sudo apt install steam


To get Steam working on Debian, you must first download the latest Steam DEB package to your computer. You can download the package using the following wget command.

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

After downloading the Steam DEB package to your computer, you’ll be able to install the Steam app on your computer using the dpkg command down below.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With the Steam app installed on your Debian system, you’ll need to finish up by correcting the dependency errors using apt-get install -f.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

To install Steam on your Arch Linux system, open up the /etc/pacman.conf file in a text editor (as root). Then, find the “multilib” line and remove the # symbol. Also, remove the # symbol from the line directly below. When done, save the edits.

With the edits saved, close the editor and run the pacman -Syy command. Then, install Steam with the pacman -S command.

sudo pacman -Syy
sudo pacman -S steam


The Steam app is installable out of the box on Fedora and OpenSUSE. That said, you should install the Steam app as a Flatpak as they run better on these operating systems.


To get Steam working on your Linux PC via Flatpak, start by enabling the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC. Then, enter the two flatpak commands below to get the latest release of Steam working on your computer.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

 Once the Steam application is installed on your Linux PC, open it up and log into your account using your credentials. After logging into your account, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get The Escapists 2 working on Linux.

Step 1: Find the “Store” button in the Steam app and click on it with the mouse to load up the Steam storefront. Then, locate the “search” box and click on it with the mouse. Type in “The Escapists 2,” and press the Enter key to view the search results.

Step 2: Look through the Steam store search results for “The Escapists 2.” When you’ve found the game, click on it with the mouse to load up The Escapists 2’s Steam store page.

Step 3: On The Escapists 2’s Steam store page, find the green “Add to cart” and click on it to add the game to your Steam account’s cart. Then, select the cart icon to purchase The Escapists 2 for your Steam account.

Step 4: Locate the “Library” button in the Steam app to access your Steam games library. Once you select it, look through your games library for “The Escapists 2.” Then, select it with the mouse and click on the blue “INSTALL” button to download it to your computer.

Step 5: The installation of The Escapists 2 shouldn’t take long. When the process is complete, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select this button to start up The Escapists 2 on your Linux PC.

Running The Escapists 2 via Proton

The Escapists 2 is native to Linux and should work fine for most users. That being said, it doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re having issues with the native release, here’s how you can play the Proton version.

First, find the “Steam” menu, and click on it with the mouse. Once inside the Steam menu, select “Settings” to open up the Steam settings area. Finally, click on “Steam Play” and check the two boxes on the page to enable Proton.

Locate “The Escapists in the Steam app and right-click on it with the mouse. Select the “Compatibility” option, and check “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool.” Set the dropdown menu to a version of Proton to run The Escapists 2 in Proton.

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