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Rust, the massively popular and quite brutal survival game from Facepunch Studios is working towards Easy Anti-Cheat support for Linux and Steam Deck with Proton.

This has been a long-time coming, as they previously removed support for their Native Linux build but confirmed back in July of 2021 that they were working on getting it running properly for the Steam Deck. In a fresh update reply to a user on Twitter asking about Easy Anti-Cheat, Facepunch head Garry Newman mentioned how "They're working on it, maybe next month if it turns out to be stable enough".

Good news for fans of Rust and Linux / Steam Deck, considering it is still one of the most popular games on Steam and has remained so for years.

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7 comments

Aeder 30 May
I don't know about other people but at this point this feels like too late for me. I got no interest left in this game.

I hope that if someone was still interested in playing it they finally get their wish.
WorMzy 30 May
Garry burnt his bridges as far as I'm concerned. It's a shame, because Rust was really fun back in the day.
g000h 30 May
I'm interested in playing it again.

There were three reasons touted for why the Linux build dropped:

1) Extra effort supporting the build, dealing with support requests from low market-share of Linux users.

However as many people are familiar:
- Game problems with Linux build probably also affects the Windows build, so the support ticket likely helps all players.
- FacePunch were known for just making the native build without testing it, so it's not as if they bothered much with Linux support in the first place.

2) Unity 3D Game Engine had features which weren't available for Linux builds.

- This was a fair reason, but I believe the situation with Unity 3D now means those features work on Linux too (now).

3) Linux players were blamed for being the cheaters and scripters within the game.

- Completely unfair comment, because Linux was running EAC just like Windows, and during the last couple of years where Linux users were unable to play, there are *just as many* scripters and cheaters spoiling the game. (i.e. The cheating tools work on Windows, and you don't gain any advantage using Linux instead.)
robust 30 May
Personally I won't bother returning to rust. I'd rather spend my time and money on developers who actually care about their customers. Who would've thought that constantly releasing broken linux builds would result in people having problems with game? And at the same time they kept releasing new features when they had bugs that affected all systems for years. It doesn't make it better that Garry made several toxic comments about linux and the linux community in general.
Aaand the month is over.
sokrototo 11 Jul
Aaand the year is over...
mark348 28 Jul
Maybe someday :)
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