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Good news for Linux desktop and Steam Deck players! Assassin's Creed Valhalla is coming to Steam on December 6th.

Yet another company who tried vanishing to their own launcher, or to the Epic Store, is returning to Steam. Not really surprising though, considering Steam is still the biggest PC store around. I'll be giving it a run on Steam Deck when it releases, so I'll let you know what to expect from it.

This is not the only title coming to Steam, as Ubisoft confirmed to Eurogamer that Anno 1800 and Roller Champions will also be getting a Steam release.

Hopefully Ubisoft Connect won't be too problematic for Proton, so that players on Linux desktop and Steam can get to play them too. Considering how big a title like Assassin's Creed Valhalla is, I've no doubt if there's major problems that Valve would promptly look into getting it working.

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Corben 22 Nov
First we disliked Steam as a launcher (as it required an internet connection)
Then we disliked publishers leaving steam in favor of their own launcher.
No we dislike them for coming back and bringing their launcher with it... causing launcher-ception!

It's not too bad, and better having them again back on Steam for better deck compatibility, but it's still a bit annoying.

Funny though, e.g. for Starlink: Battle for Atlas they removed the Uplay-Installer... but it's mandatory for the game, so if you don't have Uplay already installed it neither launches on Windows. On Linux you have to use winetricks/protontricks to install Uplay into the prefix to be able to play it. Otherwise it works flawless, also on Deck, even with videos (which didn't work before due to mpflat).
No matter the size, I find Steam more consumer friendly—even allowing end users to mod their games and make spin-offs without restrictive, we own everything about this game (looking at you, Activision-Blizzard!) EULAs and even hosting said games— tl;dr I support Steam because I feel they're less likely to pull the rug out from under end users' legs
slaapliedje 22 Nov
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I've been playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey lately. Unfortunately on my desktop (running an nvidia 3080 RTX) it does not perform well enough under Linux, and the frame rate keeps dipping. Under Windows 10 it ran flawlessly, with HDR and all on (granted I had to turn off my 2nd and 3rd monitor to get HDR to work, and maybe that'd also help the framerate in Linux).

That being said, for some dumb reason, Ubisoft Connect times out after I've played it so long and just logs me out (even after telling it again and again to keep me logged in.) so if I want cloud sync to work, I have to re-login with all my credentials and 2fa after I play it for sessions longer than whatever that time out is... Then I upgraded to Windows 11. Now it keeps me logged into Ubisoft Connect, but the game locks up when I try to quit it. I can't win...

On the flip side of this, Odyssey works quite well on the Steam Deck. Granted it's not trying to push 3840x1200 like it is on my desktop.
spacemonkey 22 Nov
I'm actually waiting for Ghost Recon Breakpoint. But getting ACV might be a good sign :)
Termy 22 Nov
They really saw how well perceived and issue-free origin atop of steam is and thought to themselves: well, that looks like something the customers would LOVE us to do too!

Well, go F yourself then, still won't buy your shit if you pull that nonsense that literally has not one single benefit while bringing a whole load of potential and real drawbacks/problems with it.

But probably enough 'i don't care' people will throw money at them to show them we gamers don't care if we are f'ed over...

Quoting: slaapliedjeThat being said, for some dumb reason, Ubisoft Connect times out after I've played it so long and just logs me out (even after telling it again and again to keep me logged in.) so if I want cloud sync to work, I have to re-login with all my credentials and 2fa after I play it for sessions longer than whatever that time out is... Then I upgraded to Windows 11. Now it keeps me logged into Ubisoft Connect, but the game locks up when I try to quit it. I can't win...

That is EXACTLY the bullshit i'm talking about...^^


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Lanz 22 Nov
Uplay = I won't play. Not interested in 3rd party launchers.
Did they remove Denuvo yet?
Kimyrielle 22 Nov
The fun thing? For all that time I didn't even realize that they weren't on Steam anymore. That's how much I care about their stuff. :D
Quoting: slaapliedjeI've been playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey lately. Unfortunately on my desktop (running an nvidia 3080 RTX) it does not perform well enough under Linux, and the frame rate keeps dipping. Under Windows 10 it ran flawlessly, with HDR and all on (granted I had to turn off my 2nd and 3rd monitor to get HDR to work, and maybe that'd also help the framerate in Linux).

That being said, for some dumb reason, Ubisoft Connect times out after I've played it so long and just logs me out (even after telling it again and again to keep me logged in.) so if I want cloud sync to work, I have to re-login with all my credentials and 2fa after I play it for sessions longer than whatever that time out is... Then I upgraded to Windows 11. Now it keeps me logged into Ubisoft Connect, but the game locks up when I try to quit it. I can't win...

On the flip side of this, Odyssey works quite well on the Steam Deck. Granted it's not trying to push 3840x1200 like it is on my desktop.
See, the problem with dual booting like that is that both platforms sense you're a filthy traitor. If you don't take that into account you won't be sacrificing nearly enough chickens to keep them appeased.
scaine 22 Nov
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Quoting: BlackBloodRumDid they remove Denuvo yet?

According to Augmented Steam (extension for Firefox)... nope.

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