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I've put together a Wine wrapper for The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition, allowing it to be played on Linux almost like a native game & with no Wine knowledge required.

Simply run the build script to create the wrapper. If the installer files are not alongside the wrapper build files then the path to them will need to be specified either by passing it as an argument to the build script with -respath="<path>" or by setting an environment variable named WINEWRAP_RESPATH containing it. You can change the path to build the wrapper in and the name of the wrapper directory with the -buildpath= and -dirname= arguments. The build path can also be set with the WINEWRAP_BUILDPATH environment variable.

The output will be a directory containing the game set up within a preconfigured Wine prefix, along with its own copy of Wine, extracted game icons, documentation, and start script(s). From there simply run the start script to play. The start script also includes options for creating a shortcut, configuring the wrapper etc.

(to uninstall simply delete the game directory and any shortcuts you created, and the game's user data directory in ~/.local/share if you don't want to keep your saves & settings)

User data is stored under ~/.local/share/the_witcher_3

Full details are in the readme.txt and release notes. Here is the download link:

witcher3_wine.tar.xz
(38.1 kB, SHA256: f8dec679e082865ea1f81bbdfc9de5dc556accac9e6bf540523613df634cb66d)

Last updated 2021/03/23

This wrapper uses Wine 6.0 and DXVK. Wine and Winetricks will be downloaded automatically if not present; to avoid redownloading for other scripts the downloaded Wine package will be stored in ~/.cache/winewrap

If anyone runs into any problems then post in this thread, Adamhm's Linux Wine Wrappers - News, FAQ &amp; Discussion and/or The "Judas&trade; does this run in Wine" thread v1.173.

For more of my Linux Wine wrappers check out post 3 in this thread: Adamhm's Linux Wine Wrappers - News, FAQ &amp; Discussion


Additional notes:


- You can enable DXVK's framerate display by setting the environment variable: DXVK_HUD=fps
If you want to create a shortcut to start the game with this set then use these arguments for the shortcut:

env DXVK_HUD=fps %command% play

- Additional packages may be necessary to enable Vulkan support on your system, e.g.: libvulkan1 and libvulkan1:i386
Users of the open graphics drivers may also need to install mesa-vulkan-drivers and mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386
Post edited March 23, 2021 by adamhm
Thanks for this, it should help some trying out TW3 on Linux!
Hi, I have Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt from GOG, not GOTY edition, will Your script work with it? Also I have special dxvk version 0.61-xxxx for Dark Souls 3 and don't want to broke something with that, so can I install W3 in another wineprefix and use Your script?
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Mkoniuszko: Hi, I have Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt from GOG, not GOTY edition, will Your script work with it?
Unfortunately the GOTY edition is required & it won't work with the regular edition.
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Mkoniuszko: Also I have special dxvk version 0.61-xxxx for Dark Souls 3 and don't want to broke something with that, so can I install W3 in another wineprefix and use Your script?
All of my wrappers have their own separate Wine versions & prefixes, so they won't interfere with anything on your system :)
Can You tell what I should do to have GOTY edition?
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Mkoniuszko: Can You tell what I should do to have GOTY edition?
If you have the base game + both expansions then you should get the GOTY edition automatically (source)
Hi,

thanks for the Script. Great Work. *thumbsup*
The game works really fine, and fast with dxvk.

It seems for the new DXVK Version the new nvidia 396.24.10 is needed.
With the 396.24.02 the game crashed. But on Ubuntu the new nvidia driver already rolled out.
Just saw this, and it works great. Adam, you are awesome, and make things much easier than fumbling around with setting after setting. Thanks again for all of your time spent on these wrappers.
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Post edited November 30, 2018 by tt7crocodiles
Hi adamhm.
Thanks for your great work and your instructions.
They are very useful,
in contrast to the disgraceful roaming of (a) certain frequent visitor(s) on this forum.
Whenever I try to launch the game an error message comes up saying "GPU does not meet minimal requirements. Support for DirectX 11 is required.".
Post edited December 05, 2018 by Fereos847
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Fereos847: Whenever I try to launch the game an error message comes up saying "GPU does not meet minimal requirements. Support for DirectX 11 is required.".
DXVK is used to provide Direct3D 11 support via Vulkan. Make sure that your graphics drivers are up to date, and Mesa if using the open drivers. Also you will need to install the libvulkan1 and libvulkan1:i386 packages (and mesa-vulkan-drivers & mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386 if using the open drivers), or the equivalent for your distro if you're not using an Ubuntu-based distro.
Post edited December 05, 2018 by adamhm
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Fereos847: Whenever I try to launch the game an error message comes up saying "GPU does not meet minimal requirements. Support for DirectX 11 is required.".
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adamhm: DXVK is used to provide Direct3D 11 support via Vulkan. Make sure that your graphics drivers are up to date, and Mesa if using the open drivers. Also you will need to install the libvulkan1 and libvulkan1:i386 packages (and mesa-vulkan-drivers & mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386 if using the open drivers), or the equivalent for your distro if you're not using an Ubuntu-based distro.
Well that's the weird thing about it, I already have libvulkan1 and libvulkan1:i386 installed, I also have the 415.18 Nvidia drivers running on my system. So I don't understand why the error message comes up.
It sounds like a bug with Nvidia's drivers. A quick search brought up these links with some people reporting issues & some possible fixes:

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/nvidia-have-released-the-4151802-vulkan-beta-driver.13059
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/11/fix-nvidia-graphics-drivers-ppa.html
Witcher 3 runs on wine 4.0 thats great I can finally play the game :)
But can someone help me with the performance, I have a GTX 670 and the frame rate is very slow, I've put the resolution down to 720p and everything on low but it's still very bad