Ever since Overwatch 2 launched, many players old and new have been hopping on the game. After all, itâs completely free so why shouldnât they, right? Well, if youâre a Linux user then you might automatically assume that you wonât be able to play it at all because of it not being officially available for it.
However, that doesnât necessarily have to be the case. Because of a couple of workaround methods, thereâs the possibility of you being able to play Overwatch 2 on your Linux device, even if the installation process wonât be as simple as it is for Windows users.
Although there are multiple ways to be able to run Overwatch 2 on Linux, weâll be going through the one way we believe to be the most convenient and easy one for you. While some methods people have come up with do technically work, players get less than 10 fps in the game. Fortunately, that isnât the case with the method explained below.
How to Play Overwatch 2 Using Bottles
The first method we would like to introduce to you is using Bottles, a compatibility layer for Windows, in order to be able to run any Windows exclusive software as if you were using a Windows device.
What this tool does is that it allows you to run different games and software in Linux by imitating the C drive to provide the Windows environment in Linux. Perhaps the best thing about this software is that itâs easily able to modify the system according to the file you run (which includes .exe, the one weâre going to be running today).
So with all that said and done, letâs get into installing Bottles and using it to run Overwatch 2.
Step 1: Install Bottles
You can use different package formats such as Flatpak, DEB, AppImage, Snap, etc to install Bottles, with which one you use not really affecting the process all that much. For this example, however, letâs say weâre using Flatpak to install it.
The command youâll want to use to install Bottles using Flatpak is sudo flatpak install flathub com.usebottles.bottles
Once youâre done installing Bottles, all you have to do is search it up in âapplicationsâ and launch it, and then click on the arrow on the screen four times to begin the process.
Step 2: Download Battle.net .Exe file
Now that you have a way to install .exe files, what you want to do is download the Battle.net .exe file to your Linus device. Luckily, since itâs free to play, all you have to do is go to the official Overwatch 2 website, sign up (or log in to an existing account), and select the download option to begin the download process.
The reason weâre downloading Battle.net instead of the Overwatch 2 file, is that itâs the only way to download Overwatch 2.
Step 3: Install Battle.net .Exe file
After the file has been downloaded, go back to Bottles and click on the + icon (or âcreate new bottlesâ option). Select Application from the Environment list, click on the Create button, and when given the option to choose between gaming, application, or custom, go with gaming.
Once it is done, the system will start setting up configurations as required by the Windows application, after which youâll be able to see and select the newly created bottle in the previously empty bottle screen.
Double click on the bottle you just created for Battle.net, and click on ârun executableâ. Youâll be asked to select an executable file, and thatâs where the Battle.net .exe file we downloaded previously comes in.
After clicking on the confirmation button, a pop up window will, well, pop up. Itâll ask you if you want to install Battle.net on your device and voila. Youâre done.
Something to Keep in Mind
If you go to the âinstallersâ option thatâs given to you towards the left of the screen, thereâs the potential of there being an option to download Blizzard.net directly. If you do get it, then simply click the download icon next to it to make life easier for yourself and skip steps 3 and 4.
Step 4: Downloading Overwatch 2
Although youâll now have Blizzard.net on your Linux device, you wonât have Overwatch 2. Instead, since Blizzard.net plays the role of a launcher for Overwatch 2, youâll first have to download the game from the Blizzard.net application before youâre able to play it. Once the download is complete, simply run it as if you were using a Windows device, and not a Linux one.