Plutonium BO2 & WaW - Linux Tutorial

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  • How to get Plutonium BO2 & WaW to work on Linux - Updated: June 15, 2021


    1. Must have Wine, Lutris, and correct Drivers for your distro installed. I will briefly go over how I did it but keep in mind that I am using Arch Linux and won't be able to help with other distros. So for other distros or more information on how to install wine and all its dependencies refer to GloriousEggroll's Guide.

    2. Most of these steps were taken from pants Guide, so if you are having any issues refer to that before commenting.

    3. I am on Arch Linux and I am using yay as my AUR helper. I recommend doing the same unless you know what you are doing. Follow this guide if you want to know how to install yay.

    Installing Drivers, Wine, Lutris, and Plutonium

    Drivers & Dependencies:

    1. Make sure you have the correct drivers installed. I am using a laptop running an 8th Gen Intel CPU and an MX150. If you have similar specs you may follow these steps, else refer to GloriousEggroll's Guide mentioned above and skip this section.

    2. I am using the "Prime Render Offload" method of utilizing my MX150 as mentioned in the Arch Wiki. If you are doing the same, make sure you follow the Arch Wiki and that it works.

    3. Next enable the multilib repository and run:yay -S nvidia-utils lib32-nvidia-utils nvidia-settings vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader in a terminal. This installs the required vulkan dependencies for my pc, again refer to GloriousEggroll's Guide for other builds.

    4. Install Wine and DXVK by running yay -S wine-staging-git winetricks dxvk-bin, after installing Wine, create a new 64-bit wine-prefix. This can be done by running winecfg in a terminal and it will create .wine in your home directory, once the wine configuration app opens you can exit.

    5. Next you need to install the dependencies required for running BO2 and Plutonium. In a terminal, run:
      sudo winetricks --self-update
      winetricks -q --force dotnet48
      winetricks -q d3dcompiler_47 corefonts
      winetricks -q vcrun2005
      winetricks -q d3dcompiler_43 d3dx11_42 d3dx11_43
      winetricks -q gfw msasn1 physx
      winetricks -q xact_x64 xact xinput
      WINEPREFIX=~/.wine setup_dxvk install

    You will get a message box saying "Error: Application cannot be started.", ignore it and move on.

    Lutris, Plutonium & BO2

    1. If you have your drivers and wine installed correctly, you are ready to install Plutonium and BO2. Start by installing Lutris,
      yay -S lutris, open Lutris and click on "lutris" on the left panel and search up
      "Black Ops II" in the "Community Installers" tab. Click on Black Ops II when it shows up and install the Plutonium version, not the steam ones. This will install plutonium on your system. You can set the install path wherever you want, but in my opinion, I believe its better to have a "Games" folder in the wine bottle. So for me its
      ~/.wine/drivec_c/users/nawa/Games directory.
      The app will show up as "Black Ops II" but this is actually incorrect, you should configure and rename the app to "Plutonium " and change the app picture as this is not launching BO2 but plutonium.

    2. The previous step will only install Plutonium, to install BO2 you must torrent the game files provided by Plutonium. I use Deluge as my BitTorrent application.

    3. You now need to torrent the game files. To do this add the pluto_t6_full_game.torrent that you downloaded from the previous step to your BitTorrent application. When it is done the status will say "seeding" and you can then remove it. By default it will torrent the game files into ~/Downloads and the folder will be called pluto_t6_full_game. You need to move this into your wine bottle, which for me is ~/.wine/drive_c/users/nawa/Games
      To copy the files into the wine-bottle run: cp -r pluto_t6_full_game ~/.wine/drive_c/users/nawa/Games`from the directory of the torrented files. This will copy and move the files to where they need to be and rename the directory to "BO2". Make sure to replace "nawa" with your own user.

    4. The previous step can be repeated for WaW and MW3. Make sure to change the directory name when copying, and selecting the correct game files, for example, t4 for WaW and t6 for BO2.
      For example WaW:
      cp -r pluto_t4_full_game ~/.wine/drive_c//users/nawa/Games/WaW

    5. Next, open Lutris and configure Plutonium. Under the "Runner options" tab make sure the wine version is set to system/staging and that DXVK is enabled. DXVK version should be set to the latest one. Next, make sure that Esync is enabled. My Audio driver is set to PulseAudio as I was having problems with "default". Next, go to the "System options" tab and Disable Lutris Runtime. Scroll down and Select Optimus launcher if you are using one, else leave it as default. Set "Vulkan ICD Loader" to the correct one, I have it as "nvidia_icd.json". Then make sure that "ACO Shader Compiler" is enabled, and if you are using "Prime Render Offload" as I am, enable it and turn on "Use discrete graphics".

    6. Once you have completed all the steps, restart Lutris and run Plutonium. Plutonium should launch but it will be blank, I'm not sure what is causing it to be blank, but plutonium is now updating. Wait 5-10 minutes and it should ask you to log in. Login using your forum credentials. Then select your game and setup the game folder. For example for BO2 you would click on Black Ops II Multiplayer on the left pane and select the game folder. If you have followed this tutorial correctly it should be in My Computer > C: > users > nawa > BO2 or C:\users\nawa\BO2. Select the same folder for Zombies. The same steps should be repeated for WaW and MW3 providing that you have installed the games correctly and you select the correct folders.

    7. All you have to do now is press play and have fun.

    Screenshot of it working
    Screenshot of it working

    If there is anything that is confusing, please comment below.
    If you get any issues, try installing the redist packages found in the game folder.

    Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Nawa

  • added a screenshot of it working, time for me to jump back to arch, cheers.

  • Damn nice job, I hope we will see more and more games on Linux so I can finally pull a reverse card and run Linux native as my daily driver on my gaming PC.

  • One issue is that when i close the game the launcher still shows up and its hanged, so I have to "sudo pkill plutonium-launc" to end the process lmao. Other than that and annoying shader cache fps stutters the game is all good.

  • I'd only like to point out that using yay everywhere is a bad practice and suggest you change the commands so that yay is only ever used when actually needed. other than that this is awesome.

  • @paranoidnela id rather not install using pacman because then I would need root privileges, so id argue that using yay for everything is better... not sure tho

  • Well done! Now I can have some of my buddies who use linux as their daily drivers FINALLY get some games in with us! Cheers!

  • @Nawa said in Plutonium BO2 & WaW - Linux Tutorial:

    WINEPREFIX=~/.wine setup_dxvk install

    lead to this error


  • @doonoo when I had this issue, deleting my wine prefix and creating a brand new wine prefix fixed it. I suggest you do the same. Let me know how it goes. Discord is Nawa#1207 if you want to pm. This may be a driver related issue.

  • make a video of the tutorial pls

  • pregunta esto que cambia hace no pero enserio que hace es que no se que cambio hace me pueden decir porfa

  • do you have any performance comparison of linux and windows?

  • I've done all you'v write but in the game I have a lot of frames drops like beeing at 125FPS and then in a frame beeing at 35, did someone have a solution to this? it will be thankfully appeciated!

  • @Symbellmund frame drops go away as the shader cache builds with time, all u can do is keep playing and it should get better.

  • @Nawa ok ty

  • replying to this so i remember to come back to it later when i switch back to arch

  • warning: Note: command wine dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe /q /c:install.exe /q returned status 67. Aborting.

    Doesn't matter if I use wine or wine-staging-git. dotnet always fails to install.

  • @dps910 said in Plutonium BO2 & WaW - Linux Tutorial:

    warning: Note: command wine dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe /q /c:install.exe /q returned status 67. Aborting.

    Doesn't matter if I use wine or wine-staging-git. dotnet always fails to install.

  • @Nawa am using 6.10 and it works

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