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How to play The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut on Linux

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut is a role-playing game based on the Polish novel series of the same name. The story follows Geralt of Rivia, a traveling monster hunter. The game was released in 2007 and was lauded for allowing players to make consequential choices.

Although The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut has been around for quite a while on PC, it never made it to Linux. As a result, some custom configurations must be done to get it working on the Linux platform.

Setting up The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut

To play The Witcher on your Linux PC, you will need to set up the Linux Steam client. Thankfully, Steam is very easy to set up on Linux, thanks to the Linux community’s dedication to making the program work on nearly every Linux operating system out there. To start the installation process of The Witcher on your computer, follow the step-by-step instructions outlined below.

Step 1: Installing Steam on Linux is done in various ways depending on the Linux operating system. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, enter the commands below that correspond with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you will be able to get Steam up and running on your computer using the Apt command-line tool.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

If you’re using Debian Linux, Steam is installable via the non-free software repository. However, the non-free software repo isn’t enabled by default, and it’s very tedious to enable it. A much easier and quicker way to set up Steam on Debian is to just download the latest DEB package file from the internet.

To download the latest release of Steam via the internet, open up a terminal window and use the wget download command.

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

Now that the DEB package is done downloading and available on your Debian Linux PC, you can quickly install the program using the dpkg command.

Note: If errors appear on the screen during the installation of Steam.deb, please follow our guide to learn how to solve the problem.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Arch Linux

Steam is widely available to all Arch Linux users. To get it up and running on your Linux PC, use the following Pacman command in a terminal window.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

If you use Fedora or OpenSUSE, it is possible to get Steam working, though, it’s best to go the Flatpak route. The reason? Setting up Steam on Fedora requires a third-party software repo, and OpenSUSE has it’s problems as well. Follow the Flatpak instructions to get Steam working for an easier time.

Flatpak

Flatpak has a Steam package, and that’s great if you can’t get Steam working easily on your Linux OS with a native package. To start the installation, you will need to enable the Flatpak runtime on your computer. Setting up the Flatpak runtime is critical to using Flatpak apps.

With the Flatpak runtime set up, use the flatpak remote-add command to enable the Flathub repository on your computer.

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

With the Flathub app store set up on your computer, it’s time to install Steam. Using the flatpak install command, get the latest Steam.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Step 2: With Steam installed, launch it on the Linux desktop and log into your user account. Then, once you’ve logged in, click on the “Steam” menu, followed by “Settings” to access the Steam settings area.

Step 3: In the Steam settings area, look for the “Steam Play” area, and click on it. Once there, find the “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” box and the “Enable Steam Play for all other titles” box and check them to enable the feature. This feature will make Witcher playable on your Linux PC.

Step 4: Close the settings window. Then, find “STORE” at the top of Steam and click on it to move to the Steam Storefront page. On the Storefront page, find the search box and type in “The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut.” Click on the top result, as it should be the correct one.

Step 5: On The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut Steam Storefront page, find the green “Add to cart” button, and click on it to purchase the game for your Linux PC.

Step 6: Click on the “LIBRARY” button to move the Steam app to your games library. Then, locate “The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut” to access it in Steam.

Click on the blue “INSTALL” button to install The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut onto your Linux PC. Though, keep in mind that this download may take a while.

Step 7: When the download is complete, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select it to enjoy The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut!

Troubleshooting The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut has an excellent rating on ProtonDB; it is rated Platinum. As a result, our installation guide doesn’t require a whole lot of effort. Just get Steam working and go. Still, not everyone’s gaming experience is 100% the same. If you run into issues, please check out The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut ProtonDB page for help!

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