ELDEN RING is out and Verified for Steam Deck

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ELDEN RING is the latest game developed by FromSoftware who are known for games including Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Dark Souls. It's out now, with a Steam Deck Verified rating - so it works on Linux with Steam Play Proton. Note: copy personally purchased thanks to our supporters.

One of the biggest games of the year working so soon - what a beautiful sight.

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Testing on my Arch Linux / EndeavourOS desktop, you'll need to make sure it's set to run with Proton Experimental and it seems you need the "bleeding-edge" Beta. Right click on Proton Experimental -> Properties -> Betas -> select the bleeding-edge option. Careful though, this will then make any game you have that's set to Proton Experimental also use the Beta. This is until Valve release a new build of Proton Experimental directly.

However, it seems there's an issue with the new Steam Easy Anti-Cheat integration, so you may see an error about it failing to load the module and not let you play. If you do see it, there's a workaround available for now to play offline. Use at your own risk. In the games folder (somewhere like ".local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/ELDEN RING/Game"
), you can use these commands:

cp start_protected_game.exe stpg.exe.bak
cp eldenring.exe start_protected_game.exe

It's just a very simple copy command to make a backup and then swap the exe it launches.


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Game Features:

  • A Vast World Full of Excitement - A vast world where open fields with a variety of situations and huge dungeons with complex and three-dimensional designs are seamlessly connected. As you explore, the joy of discovering unknown and overwhelming threats await you, leading to a high sense of accomplishment.
  • Create your Own Character - In addition to customizing the appearance of your character, you can freely combine the weapons, armor, and magic that you equip. You can develop your character according to your play style, such as increasing your muscle strength to become a strong warrior, or mastering magic.
  • An Epic Drama Born from a Myth - A multilayered story told in fragments. An epic drama in which the various thoughts of the characters intersect in the Lands Between.
  • Unique Online Play that Loosely Connects You to Others - In addition to multiplayer, where you can directly connect with other players and travel together, the game supports a unique asynchronous online element that allows you to feel the presence of others.

Available to buy on Humble Store and Steam.

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Essem 25 Feb
I'm kind of confused in regards to how it was verified when the game doesn't seem to work out of the box.
Liam Dawe 25 Feb
Quoting: EssemI'm kind of confused in regards to how it was verified when the game doesn't seem to work out of the box.
Verified for Deck, which is different to all the distros on desktop.
denyasis 25 Feb
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: EssemI'm kind of confused in regards to how it was verified when the game doesn't seem to work out of the box.
Verified for Deck, which is different to all the distros on desktop.

I was kinda wondering the same thing. Thanks for explaining it. Hopefully they get the Linux desktop part sorted out quickly.
Essem 25 Feb
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: EssemI'm kind of confused in regards to how it was verified when the game doesn't seem to work out of the box.
Verified for Deck, which is different to all the distros on desktop.

That's fair, I do wonder what they've done differently on the Deck to make it run however.
Leopard 25 Feb
Quoting: Essem
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: EssemI'm kind of confused in regards to how it was verified when the game doesn't seem to work out of the box.
Verified for Deck, which is different to all the distros on desktop.

That's fair, I do wonder what they've done differently on the Deck to make it run however.

Shipping one set of hw and most importantly SW.

Some users doesn't get that EAC error on Linux desktop without doing anything; some does.
slaapliedje 25 Feb
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mv start_protected_game.exe{,-orig};  cp eldenring.exe start_protected_game.exe

I love shortening things!


Last edited by slaapliedje on 25 February 2022 at 1:29 am UTC
Does that mean this is never going to work on desktop without modification? How does Easy Anti-Cheat even know it's on desktop?


Last edited by ExpandingMan on 25 February 2022 at 3:09 am UTC
slaapliedje 25 Feb
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I got it to load, but it wouldn't recognize escape key, or my xone controller (BPM or not) and Steam Controller (BPM).
jordicoma 25 Feb
Probably it's a different version. On linux we have the "windows" version, and on deck "the deck optimized" version.
I remember that on a video they said that you can have optimized versions for deck for things like reduction of the textures to fit better on the small memory. But also probably the "optimized versions" can have more changes, like "no anti-cheat"?

Or probably on steamdeck they can have a different script that says run directly that exe.


Last edited by jordicoma on 25 February 2022 at 8:01 am UTC
easbarba 25 Feb
Elden Ring is running fine with great FPS on AMD/Mesa but all enemies but bosses/sellers are invisible.

I will just wait it out.
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