The Sims4 on Linux

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The Sims4 on Linux
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Update (24-06-2020)

📝 This document is outdated. Lutris will automatically install the necessary compatibility files for you. Therefore, you no longer need to manually download these files as explained in the steps below. I have left this article visible, simply to show the rapid progression of gaming on Linux.

The Sims 4 on Linux with Lutris

At the time of writing, this game is a free download on Origin. I’ve heard a lot about it, however, this game is not a native Linux game title, therefore, we will need to use Lutris to install and run it.

As always, ensure you have the necessary graphics drivers correctly installed on your Linux distribution first.

Adding D9VK to Lutris

To manually install the latest “d9vk” to “Lutris”,

  1. Download d9vk
  2. Right-click on the file in your downloads folder and select Extract here
  3. Install Lutris via your package manager.
  4. Copy the “d9vk-0.13” folder into %USER/.local/share/lutris/runtime/dxvk/
  5. Launch Lutris and search for “The Sims 4”
  6. Look for the “d9vk installer” and install the game.
  7. Right-click on the “The Sims 4” banner image, in the “Runner Options” tab, check, "tkg-protonified-3.21-x86_64" or "ge-protonified-4.10-x86_64" is selected (other WINE bottles may work too, but I haven’t tested them).
  8. Enable “DXVK” and in “DXVK version” string - enter the name of the d9vk folder you previously copied to the Lutris folder “d9vk-0.13”.
  9. Press “Play”, login to Origin.
  10. Disable “Origin In-Game” via the Origin application settings.

You should now be able to launch and play “The Sims 4" from within Lutris.