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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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rustybroomhandle Jan 18, 2023
Ubisoft don't even use any Steam features for their recent releases, instead just using their own launcher for cloud saves, achievements, social etc. So I can't imagine them doing much of anything to support Linux, Steam Deck.

Ubisoft are a bit dense though. Guillemot blames employees. Employees are going on strike. I wish them good luck. May they make the suits squirm.
fschaupp Jan 18, 2023
It's already reported to Ubisoft: pls support & comment at the thread to show Ubisoft the mass of interested gamers:
Edit: discussion forum got killed

Last edited by fschaupp on 26 April 2023 at 6:35 am UTC
Julian Jan 18, 2023
Ubi launched a hotfix for Steam Deck today, for some people it's WORKING!!! I'm going to try it on my Linux pc
mr-victory Jan 18, 2023
Quoting: JulianUbi launched a hotfix for Steam Deck today, for some people it's WORKING!!! I'm going to try it on my Linux pc
Wow they really added .so file, it doesn't hurt to be optimistic. The file wasn't there before.
File type: so: 1
rustybroomhandle Jan 18, 2023
Apparently it works now. I was wrong!
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