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News hardware & software 06 October 2021, 11:01

author: Adrian Werner

Rust and War Thunder With Steam Deck Support; PUBG and DayZ Not So Much

We found out which multiplayer game developers are planning to support Steam Deck, and which ones are still hesitant.

The Verge asked developers of popular multiplayer games about whether their productions will run on Steam Deck. This is important, as this question remains one of the big unknowns regarding this device. The problem arises from the fact that the device uses Linux and Windows games will run using the Proton technology. However, anti-cheater solutions traditionally do not allow such maneuvers, so there were concerns that many of the popular multiplayer titles will not be playable.

Fortunately, at the end of September Epic Games announced that Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) had received Linux and Mac support and would be adapted for Steam Deck. Also, the developers of the competing BattlEye solution announced that they are working on support for it.

Unfortunately, this does not mean the end of problems. Adding support for Steam Deck will not happen automatically. Each developer must do it on their own, and the changes to Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye will only make the process easier. The Verge asked more than a dozen game developers about their plans in this regard. Only three of them definitively confirmed that their productions will work on Steam Deck.

Game:

Developer:

Will the game support Steam Deck?

Rust

Facepunch Studios

Yes (Support is expected to be ready for Steam Deck's release or shortly thereafter)

War Thunder

Gaijin Entertainment

Yes

ARK: Survival Evolved

Wildcard Studio

Yes

Smite

Hi-Rez Studios

Maybe, but definitely not this year

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Hi-Rez Studios

Maybe, but definitely not this year

DayZ

Bohemia Interactive

Maybe, but the developers are still investigating and aren't ready to make a declaration on the matter

Destiny 2

Bungie

Developers aren't ready to make a declaration on the matter, but they are investigating

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege

Ubisoft

Developers aren't ready to make a declaration on the matter

7 Days to Die

The Fun Pimps Entertainment

Developers are not ready to make a statement on this issue

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

PUBG Studio

No comment

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Mediatonic

No Comment

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

343 Industries

No comment

Black Desert

Pearl Abyss

No comment yet, a studio representative is yet to get answers from the developers

Hunt: Showdown

Crytek

No answers to journalists' questions

It's worth noting that most developers didn't want to declare whether they would support the Steam Deck or not. So we expect that if the device proves popular, their games will quickly start running on it.

Recall that shipment of the device to consumers will begin in December 2021. Unfortunately, all units prepared for this year have sold out like hot cakes. Those who make reservations today, will have to wait until the second half of 2022.

  1. Steam Deck - official website
  2. Steam Deck on Steam
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