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RimWorld gets a fresh Beta with big Steam Deck upgrades

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Building up a settlement on the go is going to be a reality soon for RimWorld fans, as a fresh Beta version is now available and ready for testing with the Steam Deck.

Planned to release in full on April 6, they're giving mod creators a little extra time to prepare as it's upgraded a lot of the internals for the Steam integration so quite a few mods could break with this Beta. They said everything but a few mods should work, and you can test by opting into the "steam_deck" Beta branch (no password).

"The update focuses on Steam Deck changes and improvements. The UI changes make it easier to read on-screen text and type with the Steam Deck keyboard, and menus look a lot better. The controls make more sense now with improved scrolling, zooming, time control, and touch screen navigation. Overall, playing RimWorld on Steam Deck should be a lot smoother with more intuitive controls. There may be more changes on the way to get RimWorld a “Verified” status for Steam Deck." — Ludeon Studios

Giving it a short test today, it actually feels pretty great on the Steam Deck, not that I have any real idea what I'm doing as it's been a very long time since I played (direct download previously hence no time on Steam) but here you go:

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Even though it's a native Linux game, Valve tested compatibility for this one and set it to Proton 7.

You can buy RimWorld for Linux from GOG, Humble Store and Steam.

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Wrzlprnft Mar 17, 2022
I tried it after I got the deck, and with the default community configuration, it was already pretty nice. Looking forward to playing it on Deck.
Philadelphus Mar 18, 2022
Quotenot that I have any real idea what I'm doing as it's been a very long time since I played
I know the feeling. I actually backed it on Kickstarter and played some of the pre-release versions, and while I like it it's never quite managed to get me to play for more than a few hours at a time, so I play it for a bit, put it aside for a year or two, go back and start a new game with all the confusing new features, rinse and repeat. (And then I actually got the two expansions mid-last year since they got my attention, and hoo boy do they add a lot of new stuff.)
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