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The Division 2 launched on Steam but no support of Steam Deck or Linux

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In another clear case of anti-cheat woes for Steam Deck and Linux desktop gaming, The Division 2 is another broken game. Ubisoft continue their shift back onto Steam, with Tom Clancy's The Division 2 launching January 12. If you were excited to give it a run on Steam Deck though, or a Linux desktop, you're completely out of luck right now. Update: a fix was released.

The Division 2 uses Easy Anti-Cheat, and while that tech does support Linux and Proton, Ubisoft have seemingly not enabled it. That, or there's other technical issues currently with Proton and support for Easy Anti-Cheat. We've seen some issues in the past like glibc updates breaking Easy Anti-Cheat, so it could be related.

Currently, no matter the version of Proton picked either the official Proton or the community-made GE-Proton, The Division 2 will load until the Easy Anti-Cheat logo screen and then just get stuck in a loop trying to load it forever until you force-quit the game.

Shame, could have been a good fit for the Steam Deck.

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Corben 17 Jan
My way of playing the Division 2 would have been Stadia... it even had crossplay with PC players. I bought it on sale... well, got refunded.
It's available via GeForce Now, but currently only via Ubisoft or Epic, where I don't own the game. And it being borked on Steam, I guess I won't play it at all now.

We have other games to play...
mr-victory 17 Jan
There is a slim chance that Ubisoft may have tried to add Linux EAC support but screwed it up so it could be fixed on our side. I am obviously very optimistic here.
Liam Dawe 17 Jan
Quoting: CorbenMy way of playing the Division 2 would have been Stadia... it even had crossplay with PC players. I bought it on sale... well, got refunded.
It's available via GeForce Now, but currently only via Ubisoft or Epic, where I don't own the game. And it being borked on Steam, I guess I won't play it at all now.

We have other games to play...
I feel you there. I had it on Stadia too and quite enjoyed it there.
Quoting: mr-victoryThere is a slim chance that Ubisoft may have tried to add Linux EAC support but screwed it up so it could be fixed on our side. I am obviously very optimistic here.
If that's the case, there should be a .so in a wrong folder.
officernice 17 Jan
Still waiting patiently for Hell Let Loose and Rising Storm 2.
Liam Dawe 17 Jan
Quoting: Arale-senpai
Quoting: mr-victoryThere is a slim chance that Ubisoft may have tried to add Linux EAC support but screwed it up so it could be fixed on our side. I am obviously very optimistic here.
If that's the case, there should be a .so in a wrong folder.
That's only for the old EAC, not the one from EOS. In this case, there is no .so file.
Thanks for the heads up. I almost bought this since they have a sale for it currently on Steam. Not surprised they didn't even add any Steam achievements or cards.
EagleDelta 18 Jan
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: CorbenMy way of playing the Division 2 would have been Stadia... it even had crossplay with PC players. I bought it on sale... well, got refunded.
It's available via GeForce Now, but currently only via Ubisoft or Epic, where I don't own the game. And it being borked on Steam, I guess I won't play it at all now.

We have other games to play...
I feel you there. I had it on Stadia too and quite enjoyed it there.

I can't speak for The Division 2, but I had Assassin's Creed: Odyssey on Stadia and Ubisoft just transferred it to my Ubisoft account. Did they not do that with The Division 2 (for playing it on GFN)?


Last edited by EagleDelta on 18 January 2023 at 1:32 am UTC
Quoting: mr-victoryThere is a slim chance that Ubisoft may have tried to add Linux EAC support but screwed it up so it could be fixed on our side. I am obviously very optimistic here.

Yeah, you shouldn't be. It's UbiSoft.
Termy 18 Jan
I'm really not surprised they fucked this up - i mean, when is the last time, ubisoft did anything right? Compared to them, EA almost seems competent...
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