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Well, here's another game that EA will be breaking on Steam Deck / Linux, with EA anticheat rolling out to EA SPORTS WRC when it goes live in June.

Pictured - EA SPORTS WRC, credit: Codemasters / EA.

It's worth noting that it's currently rated as Steam Deck Unsupported, but Valve's official rating is only what they've actually tested, not if something will actually work at all (like the Ghost of Tsushima situation). As announced on the EA website post, this change will arrive with the 1.9.0 update in June but they've haven't given the exact date just yet.

They are at least aware of Steam Deck as they said:

Additionally, EA SPORTS™ WRC will not run on the native Steam OS for Steam Deck following the release of EA anticheat.

EA SPORTS™ WRC has officially been categorised as "Unsupported" on Steam Deck since its release in 2023.

The game actually has a Platinum rating on ProtonDB, the crowd-sourced user-reports website, because it does run quite well from various reports on both Linux PCs and Steam Deck. So presumably this will break the entire game, not just multiplayer, since EA anticheat will run from the moment you hit play.

Sadly this follows on from Battlefield V and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 that added it after release. Along with other titles including EA SPORTS FC 24, EA SPORTS FIFA 23, Battlefield 2042 and Madden NFL 24 that all have it. I actually wrote back in September 2022 how EA anticheat could end up problematic and it's a shame to see I was right.

I'm just waiting for it to inevitably get added to Apex Legends, although that recently had a small hiccup when moving from the old Easy Anti-Cheat to the newer EOS anti-cheat but it still works for now since both types of EAC are supported on Linux / Steam Deck.

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OMG. I guess just stay away from anything EA— no matter when it was published!
elmapul May 17
daily reminder to never give money to EA
From what I've seen online, the game looks incredibly bad (or was at launch anyway)

Honestly get tired personally with unreal engine titles having shader comp stutter and the like, in a racing game especially is practically game breaking
finaldest May 17
So another one bites the dust.

This is why I don't buy live service and multiplayer games, Especially from the likes of EA and Ubisoft.

I am glad I have enough great titles to get me through the imminent games industry crash.
Koopacabras May 17
Well most people I talked about this matter, thought that it wont make sense for a game thats basically a single player where you beat others against the clock (you dont really play concurrently). Go figure, doesnt make sense from a technical point, yet EA enshitifies it because, they cannot leave a game without being enshitified smh.
I want a refund! Honestly, if they radically change the game like this, its a weak argument not giving an option to optin for a refund.
Its like forcing a new ToS or EULA compulsively they shouldnt be allowed to do this.


Last edited by Koopacabras on 17 May 2024 at 9:13 pm UTC
EA's gonna EA.......
Koopacabras May 17
Quoting: finaldestI am glad I have enough great titles to get me through the imminent games industry crash.
Whats worse is that things wont change till they are with the tight rope walking the plank.


Last edited by Koopacabras on 17 May 2024 at 9:21 pm UTC
Koopacabras May 17
Got me thinking maybe everything's not lost... this game is not compulsive always online, you can skip going online if you want. Maybe the game can be downgraded and at least you can play single player career mode.
slaapliedje May 17
Quoting: StalePopcornOMG. I guess just stay away from anything EA— no matter when it was published!
Mail Order Monsters will still be safe, unless they add EAC to emulators. :P
ToddL May 18
Well, we can't say this is surprising since they already done this with other titles and before you know it, a majority of their newer games will have this going forward. It's too bad though because they're just leaving money on the table for those that want to play on it Linux/Steam Deck.

I guess Geforce Now is the way to go to play some of these EA games I bought that have this crappy anticheat implemented.


Last edited by ToddL on 18 May 2024 at 2:50 am UTC
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