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Back in 2019, survival game Rust was one of the more high-profile games to remove their native Linux version but it seems they're not done with Linux thanks to the Steam Deck.

You could actually still play Rust on Linux with Steam Play Proton, however like a lot of other online games it uses anti-cheat. Specifically, it uses Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC), which blocks Linux players from most servers as it currently doesn't support Proton. For the upcoming Steam Deck, Valve has made it clear that they're working with EAC and BattlEye to get both hooked up and working for Proton.

Speaking on Twitter on July 27, Facepunch Studios creator Garry Newman mentioned in reply to a user talking about Rust and Linux that "EAC are working on it, we're working with them to make it happen. Rust runs good on the deck.".

Good news for fans of Rust then. Looking back on it, Rust is still very clearly one of the most popular games on Steam. It regularly sees peaks of over 100,000 players each day, putting it on the top 10 on Steam.

Must admit my surprise that Newman mentioned it "runs good" considering the Steam Deck specifications. Then again, at the screen resolution it has, perhaps it's not that surprising as most games should hopefully scale down nicely to it.

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Purple Library Guy Jul 28, 2021
Quoting: MohandevirThat's why I won't and we shouldn't speculate on what the Steam Deck can and can't do.
Awwwww!!! You're no fun.
Mohandevir Jul 28, 2021
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: MohandevirThat's why I won't and we shouldn't speculate on what the Steam Deck can and can't do.
Awwwww!!! You're no fun.

Ok, ok, we may speculate... Like if I had any authority on the matter...

I just wanted to highlight the fact that there is a lot of unknown variables that only Valve knows of... Atm, we are speculating while assuming that the situation will be exactly like it is today... I get the feeling that it's going to be a completely different picture, when the first units begins to ship. Valve seems to be keeping things pretty close to the chest, with the Steam Deck. We won't have a reliable idea until then, imo. My 2 cents.

Last edited by Mohandevir on 28 July 2021 at 5:33 pm UTC
rainsage Jul 29, 2021
This is a good point you made! Funny how Rust comes right back to Linux through an unforeseen way, to me. I LOVED that game up to the last day they decided to no longer support the Linux version. I haven't played it even on Windows. To hear this makes me excited!
Steam Deck's contribution to Linux are revolutionary!!!
einherjar Jul 29, 2021
I really hope the Steam Deck will be a success.

I am curious what the numbers of the Steam market share of Linux will be in a year. The Steam Deck counted as Linux may easily double the numbers of "Linux users" and make us more relevant to publishers.

The not so nice thing is - less devs will deliver native Linux games. But Proton with official support is better than no support.
Yueh Jul 30, 2021
They'd better to put it on proton experimental if it's really working well.
sfjuocekr Jul 30, 2021
You understand there are more Linux users than the Steam Deck users?

I for one would like to be able to play Fallout Guys and Fortnite again without resorting to GeForce Now... altho some games run better in the cloud than my own machine.
Purple Library Guy Jul 30, 2021
Quoting: sfjuocekrYou understand there are more Linux users than the Steam Deck users?
Well, since there are currently zero Steam Deck users that's trivially true. But I don't think we know any such thing about what the situation will be once Steam Decks have a year of sales under their belt. If the Steam Deck makes 2 million sales, there will be nearly twice as many Steam Deck users on Steam as destkop Linux users on Steam. That would be a good outcome for the Steam Deck, but not a really extreme one.
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