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Dead Island 2 arrives on Steam boasting of Steam Deck support

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Dambuster Studios and Deep Silver have now finally released Dead Island 2 on Steam, after previously being Epic Games exclusive and they're boasting about Steam Deck support.

About the game:

A deadly virus is spreading across Los Angeles, turning its inhabitants into ravenous zombies. The city is in quarantine and the military have retreated. Bitten, infected, but more than just immune, you learn to harness the zombie inside of you. Only you, and the handful of other swaggering assholes who happen to be resistant to the pathogen, hold the future of Los Angeles (and humanity), in the balance.  
 
As you uncover the truth behind the outbreak you’ll discover the truth of who – or what – you are. Survive, evolve, save the world – just another day in LA! 

While it does look really good, I do want to touch on an issue. Their new Steam trailer, which I can't embed here due to it being age-restricted on YouTube, boasts pretty clearly "Steam Deck Support". However, Valve has only given it a Steam Deck Playable rating which notes:

  • This game sometimes shows mouse, keyboard, or non-Steam-Deck controller icons.
  • Entering some text requires manually invoking the on-screen keyboard.
  • Some in-game text is small and may be difficult to read.

Why in 2024 is font sizing still an issue? It's such a basic accessibility feature.

Additionally the first-time setup requires an active Internet connection (Denuvo Anti-tamper) and lesser so an issue since it is primarily a handheld, it doesn't default to external Bluetooth/USB controllers on Deck so you need to manually switch. Their own forum post on it also goes over some other issues like the first launch of the game is likely to fail and cross-play with Epic Games needing some setup.

If you're going to boast about Steam Deck support, I generally would expect a lot better, to actually have the game running properly from the first load without issues. Otherwise, it's not supported in any sense of the word. It's just another game released on Steam, that runs thanks to Valve's effort with Proton.

Anyway, that aside, it will likely run quite well on Desktop Linux too thanks to Proton.

Dead Island 2 can be purchased from:

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CatKiller Apr 22
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Yeah, "Steam Deck support" is essentially a lie.
ToddL Apr 22
I was thinking about getting this game last year on Epic when they were offering those coupons for extra discounts but decided against it since I didn't feel like using their crappy launcher to play it. Now, I'll wait for it to be heavily discounted in the future since I'm a patient gamer with a never ending backlog
Pyretic Apr 22
While I'm glad that they even addressed the Deck, I'm not entirely sure why any developer or publisher has to explain that their game WONT WORK ON THE FIRST LAUNCH. Imagine they did that with any other platform and they'd get slammed immediately.


Last edited by Pyretic on 22 April 2024 at 5:12 pm UTC
based Apr 22
Its the company that made me hate zombie games, and I still don't want ANYTHING zombies anymore. Dead Island 1 and Dying Light were a suffer to go through with bad gameplay design and glitches.
tuubi Apr 22
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Quoting: basedIts the company that made me hate zombie games, and I still don't want ANYTHING zombies anymore. Dead Island 1 and Dying Light were a suffer to go through with bad gameplay design and glitches.
I don't generally enjoy Zombie games, but I thought Dying Light was well worth finishing. And "The Following" DLC was even better than the base game. I don't remember having any major problems with the native Linux release either.
Anza Apr 22
Quoting: basedIts the company that made me hate zombie games, and I still don't want ANYTHING zombies anymore. Dead Island 1 and Dying Light were a suffer to go through with bad gameplay design and glitches.

Technically you're blaming Techland. Dead Island 2 was in development limbo for long time after Techland departed and started developing Dying Light. Dead Island 2 was handed over to different developers (Yager and Sumo Digital) few times before Dambuster studios finished the game. AFAIK Dead Island 2 is more tightly focused and level based compared to Techland games that are more or less open world games.

That I don't know if you would actually like it. Based on the review some people hate the Epic Online requirement as it's unstable. Or just because it's from Epic. I would add annoyance of having to create Epic account. Connection problems will probably be sorted out, not sure about the other things.
Some reviews are stating an Epic Games Store account and Steam account linking is required to play the game! 🙄 No. Thank you.

Apparently not required


Last edited by StalePopcorn on 23 April 2024 at 10:46 pm UTC
panther Apr 23
Works fine for me on my Desktop PC, Install - Start - Play.
Haven't tried it on my Deck yet. With the known problems, I don't like the way they advertise it either.

Epic Games Store account linking is not required and can be skipped [1].
link

However, the Epic Games Online Service is installed in the background.


[1] https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=3229797640
ToddL Apr 23
Quoting: pantherWorks fine for me on my Desktop PC, Install - Start - Play.
Haven't tried it on my Deck yet. With the known problems, I don't like the way they advertise it either.

Epic Games Store account linking is not required and can be skipped [1].
link

However, the Epic Games Online Service is installed in the background.


[1] https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=3229797640

I wouldn't be surprised if this is the same way whenever Alan Wake 2 gets released on Steam someday (or never).
MaximB Apr 24
mgregor posted a good easy and tested (by myself too) way to not install epic services on start:
https://steamcommunity.com/id/mgregor/recommended/934700/

Make sure the Epic Store program is uninstalled then do this:
Before launching the game for the first time, go there -> "C:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Dead Island 2" and delete the EpicGameLauncher folder.
Then open the "DeadIsland.ini" file in notepad and modify the "NoOperation=0" to "NoOperation=1"
If the epic game launcher is already installed on your computer, uninstall it before doing the steps above.
Play the game without that bloatware = ez

So far runs great on Linux Mint using GE-Proton-9-2.


Last edited by MaximB on 24 April 2024 at 5:33 am UTC
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