AC Valhalla fans rejoice! Thanks to some recent updates to both Wine and Lutris, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla runs out of the box on Linux (Pop!_OS). I had tried to run it several times in the past on Linux to no avail and tried it again this morning as I was in the mood to tinker. I updated Lutris as I hadn’t used it in a while, downloaded Assassin’s Creed once again as I hadn’t saved it on my backup drive, and BAM! Assassin’s Creed loaded straight away. My urge to tinker didn’t get the chance to be satisfied, but no matter, I was overrun with joy to see one of my all-time favorites running on my favorite OS.
I played Assassin’s Creed on my main PC with Pop!_OS, a Ryzen 3800x, 16GB of memory, and a 5700 XT. I no longer have an NVIDIA GPU to test with, so if anyone tries AC Valhalla on Linux with an NVIDIA GPU, please let me know in the comments. I would be curious to find out.
The Lutris version I used is Lutris 0.5.8.3. I believe they did some magic with Epic game store and Uplay as I didn’t have to sign in like on Windows, which was always annoying because it would open, close, open close on its own, and force you to sign in several times. Loading the game using Lutris was smooth and seamless, and fast; surprisingly fast!
So how was the gameplay experience on Linux? Buttery smooth, it ran at or near Windows frames per second, with little to no drawbacks, no hitching or stuttering, just smooth as butter.