Homeworld Deserts of Kharak: How to Bypass Epic Store

Play the game without installing the Epic Game Store.



Gearbox, in their infinite stupidity, have decided to patch in Epic Game Store as a requirement to play Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. This guide will give you a step-by-step on getting around it with minimal effort.

Option 1

Buy the game from GoG[www.gog.com] instead.

It doesn’t have the Epic Game Store requirements at all. No idea if you need GoG Galaxy for multiplayer, or if it’s cross-compatible with Steam players – please let me know in the comments.

Option 2

Install through Steam, but DO NOT START THE GAME yet.

For context, the very first time you run any game on Steam, it goes through a first time installation script. For most games this is things like Visual C++ runtimes, DirectX updates etc. If you start Deserts of Kharak, it will try to install Epic Online Services and Epic Game Store – you know, the two things we’re actively trying to avoid!

If you’re running Windows, go into Add or Remove Programs and make sure you have nothing Epic related installed. If you have no results in the search bar like the example screenshot below, go to the next step.

Go into your Deserts of Kharak installation folder and delete the EpicOnlineServices folder shown below.

Lastly, make sure (Optional) Epic Sign In is unchecked in the multiplayer menu (if you intend to play it).

Additional / FAQ

Does this work with multiplayer?

No idea, haven’t tested it. If anyone has please let me know in the comments and I’ll update the guide accordingly.

Will I need to re-do this every time there’s an update?

Anytime the game is updated, (re)installed or you use the Verify Files function in Steam, it will re-download the installer folder. Again, the GoG version[www.gog.com] doesn’t have this problem, so I strongly recommend buying it from there instead and saving yourself all this trouble.

I know a better way of doing this.

Great! Put it in the comments, I’d love to hear it.

Thanks for reading.

Thanks to Mr Elusive for his excellent guide; all credit belongs to his effort. If this guide helps you, please support and rate it via Steam Community. Enjoy the game.

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