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EA recently sent Origin to the graveyard and replaced it with the EA App, which caused numerous problems on Linux desktop and Steam Deck but it looks like the biggest problems are over on that.

The problem is that these extra external launchers can cause a number of issues for the Proton compatibility layer. This is because Valve (and their open source contractors who work on Proton) need time to catch-up on the compatibility side. The switchover came with problems, which Valve partially solved a week later but it still had issues leading me to do a guide on getting it working again. Another few weeks later, Valve put a proper fix in to stop the EA App failing to update.

With that all done and the dust settled, Valve has now gone back through multiple problematic EA published titles to re-review them for Steam Deck compatibility.

Titles include:

  • Battlefield 1.
  • Jedi Fallen Order.
  • Sims 4.
  • Titanfall 2.

All officially noted to be playable again, with Valve setting them to use Proton Experimental by default.

Nice to see Valve do go back over certain titles to check them again, although they really need to do that for God of War that has a bug that can reboot your Steam Deck.

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legluondunet 7 years 5 days ago
I confirm that Jedi Fallen Order works nicely on Linux, very nice game with impressive graphism.
damarrin 5 days ago
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I'm really glad the EA App mess is sorted. I've been playing the Mass Effect games to great success recently. The launcher takes more time to start than the game itself then takes to start and load a saved game.
Termy 5 days ago
I managed to damage the EA app for fallen order beyond repair (lest re-creating the prefix) - man did that improve the UX!
Unfortunately, that also prevented achievements and cloudsave to function, but i guess that's the lesser evil.

But after giving the Origin/the new App another chance for 5 bucks, this surely was the last time i gave them money as long as they insist of annoying users with this abomination...
Still can't play battlefield 5 due to the EA app. Origin was so much better to deal with to be honest.
Craggles086 4 days ago
Yeah, nothing from EA goes to Verified without a written guarantee from EA that they will not be updating their launcher without testing on the SteamDeck.
hardpenguin 4 days ago
Very good, Battlefield 1 plays great on Proton. So do Sims 4!
wof8317 4 days ago
The only good thing about the EA App is that I can finally play Battlefield 3 on Steam without having to go buy another copy of the game on Origin, because of the use of the use of the browser-based Battlelog using a user-agent switcher. Only works on Linux Desktop, not Steam Deck unfortunately. Other than that, it still sucks.
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