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Just recently we had Epic Games announce that Easy Anti-Cheat now offers proper native Linux support and in addition support for Wine and Steam Play Proton - now we have BattlEye also confirming the same readying up for the Steam Deck.

They announced this in a short and to the point Twitter post:

BattlEye has provided native Linux and Mac support for a long time and we can announce that we will also support the upcoming Steam Deck (Proton). This will be done on an opt-in basis with game developers choosing whether they want to allow it or not.

So again developers will have a bit of work to do as it's not going to be automatic, so it remains to be seen what developers will actually enable this. Considering the Steam Deck has already seemingly done quite well on reservations, there will be a lot of disappointed players if some games are blocked when they ship with the Arch Linux-based SteamOS 3 distribution.

BattlEye was another blocker for Proton, not working, despite so many popular online Windows games using it. Games that currently use BattlEye include (but not limited to):

  • Conan Exiles
  • DayZ
  • Planetside 2
  • PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS

Even though it's opt-in like EAC, it's still very important progress. Now is the time to make developers aware that you want to see their games get this hooked up and ready.

A good time to remind game developers and readers to ensure you email us news tips, especially if a game enables this to start working so we don't miss it.

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mylka 26 Sep
i wonder what feral will do now
they didnt get hitman 2+3. it also makes no sense to port the new life is strange
they dont get AAA like 2077

now they dont even have to port online games
grenadecx 26 Sep
Quoting: mylkai wonder what feral will do now
they didnt get hitman 2+3. it also makes no sense to port the new life is strange
they dont get AAA like 2077

now they dont even have to port online games

I like feral, but last time I bought a game they ported with multiplayer, Company of Heroes 2, they changed the libraries so crossplay with Windows wasn't possible. I rather have proton so I can play with my friends rather then a port from them where I can't. Just saying.
dec05eba 26 Sep
Many games aren't released for linux even when they are made in a game engine that allows releasing a game for linux with just one click (such as unreal engine), so who knows how many games will opt-in for such anti cheat. Also since its opt-in I guess it has some caveats which makes the anti cheat less strict so im not sure devs want to opt-in.
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: LibertyPaulMIn fairness, I have no doubt that these preorders are a limited run to gauge interests before they go into mass production

And they do the same trick for GPUs an PS5?

No, no matter how many they want to make, there's a supply problem.

Well kind of AMD arent making any other apus that feature rdna 2 at the minute that apu is exclusive to the steam deck. remermbering that an apu takes less waffer to make than a full fledged cpu, because of the reduced sizes of the l3 l2 cache compared to full ryzen cpus
Quinn 26 Sep
Quoting: jens
Quoting: QuinnThere's still a lot of inertia to get past when it comes to the idea of supporting anything related to Linux, especially when it's management making the call. No matter how simple the switches are to flip, the question will be "Do we devote manpower to Linux when it's maybe 1% of the gaming market, and most of them probably dual-boot anyway?"

The trick from the engineering side will be to sell management Steam Deck support without ever mentioning Linux.

As an engineer, I like your solution, it's elegant.
Quoting: Quinn
Quoting: jens
Quoting: QuinnThere's still a lot of inertia to get past when it comes to the idea of supporting anything related to Linux, especially when it's management making the call. No matter how simple the switches are to flip, the question will be "Do we devote manpower to Linux when it's maybe 1% of the gaming market, and most of them probably dual-boot anyway?"

The trick from the engineering side will be to sell management Steam Deck support without ever mentioning Linux.

As an engineer, I like your solution, it's elegant.
Additionally, since it's only a few clicks, what you say is "I have a build working with Steam Deck support. Do we want to release that way or remove it?"
Nitsuga 27 Sep
My friends used to meme me a lot about Linux but,

Since the lack of freedom and well-functionality/stability that Windows offers (none of them even pay for it) everyone now says: "If I can play Siege or DBD on Linux I'm switching."

Now this is epic. We have to push developers to give support. I payed for those games.
keep them coming Valve! . .
Quoting: dec05ebajust one click (such as unreal engine)

I can assure you it's WAY more work than just one click.
Mal 29 Sep
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Quoting: QuinnAnd it's opt-in... Fantastic 🙄

I understand frustration but... what would people expect?

DRM are made for publishers, not gamers. Their job is to remove agency from gamers and give it to publishers. They are made to reduce game experience, not to enable it.

So it's only natural that on this they let publishers opt-in rather than opt-out. It's not like suddenly we want gamers to play where they want regardless of a publisher monetization strategy.

Sad as it may be the quicker way to make "those few clicks" happen would be for them to find the nuts to ask gamers a commission with a DLC (e.g.: 10$ - Game on linux DLC: adds support for playing on proton).


Last edited by Mal on 29 September 2021 at 10:47 am UTC
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