How to get rid of EPIC linking and files.

How To Get Rid Of The EPIC Linking From Your Tomb Raider 2013 (and Supposedly The Other Entries).

User WOK wrote the Thread

"Tomb Raider & Epic Online Services 101"

1) If you’ve never linked your Steam and Epic accounts, you can launch and play Tomb Raider games through Steam just as you always could.

2) If you have previously linked your Steam and Epic accounts, you will get a web browser prompt upon launching any of the three games, asking you to permit Epic access to your online game data.

3) If you click cancel on this prompt, you will not be able to reach the title screen of any of the games. But you can unlink your Steam account via your Epic account settings. If you do so, you’ll be able to launch and play the Tomb Raider trilogy just as if you’d never linked accounts in the first place.

In summary, the issue which is mentioned everywhere only happens to people who:

1) have linked their Steam and Epic accounts,

2) have clicked "Cancel" when the pop-up asking for permissions to share data with Epic appears upon launching the game.

The solution consists in unlinking the accounts. No need to edit your HOSTS file.

PCGAMESN (Dustin Bailey) "wrote"[www.pcgamesn.com] :

All three entries in the modern Tomb Raider trilogy have received an update moving each game’s online features over to Epic Online Services – a set of backend tools separate from the Epic Games Store which some games use to handle their online functionality. After the update, some players began to report that you’re now forced to login to an Epic account to play any of the three games on Steam, even in single-player. We’ve tested this – it’s not true.

If you’ve never linked your Steam and Epic accounts, you can launch and play Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider through Steam just as you always could. You don’t even need an Epic login to play the multiplayer mode in the original game. The only difference you’ll now see is a menu option allowing you to link your Steam and Epic accounts.

If you have previously linked your Steam and Epic accounts, however, yes, you will get a web browser prompt upon launching any of the three games, asking you to permit Epic access to your online game data. If you click cancel on this prompt, you will not be able to reach the title screen of any of the games.

But you can unlink your Steam account via your Epic account settings with a single click. If you do so, you’ll once again be able to launch and play the Tomb Raider trilogy just as if you’d never linked accounts in the first place.

Solutions

So the solution is:

After the update you could, if you can not play offline because of the linking to EPIC, unlink Steam and EPIC in the Epic account settings.

BUT ONLINEDRM REMAINS!

OR/AND

Try to switch to BETA Channel and choose there Build 743.0.

Check after the switch if the following files disappear:

(These are the files added and altered during the last official build.)

* EOSSDK-Win32-Shipping.dll (Epic Games Online Services SDK) - 1.13.0.0 <- This one should disappear!

* msvcp140.dll (Microsoft C Runtime Library) - 14.28.29910.0

* patch3.000.tiger - No versioning Listed, but file size is 9.86 MB (10,346,682 bytes). <- And this one!

* steam_api.dll (Steam Client API) - 4.28.51.7

* TombRaider.exe - 1.1.829.0

* vcruntime140.dll (Microsoft C Runtime Library) - 14.28.29910.0

If you encounter, like me, corrupted level geometry (Cave entrance tunnels into the void and not to the next map or section), try to get to the next campfire and rest there for a new updated save game.

After this everything should be normal again!

Addenum:

Anant Singh wrote:

URLs to block:

dev.epicgames.com

api.epicgames.dev

et.epicgames.com

et2.epicgames.com

udn.epicgames.com

etsource.epicgames.com

metrics.ol.epicgames.com

datarouter.ol.epicgames.com

Source: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2631934962					

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