When will Bungie let Destiny 2 coming to Valve’s Steam Deck portable gaming PC? It seems the answer will never be – as Sony’s future subsidiary has posted a help page which not only says the game is not supported, but also threatens to ban potential Steam Deck players (via Wario64).
The help page has a new section called “Steam Deck and Destiny 2”, which reads as follows:
Destiny 2 is not supported for play on Steam Deck or any system using Proton from Steam Play unless Windows is installed and running. Players attempting to launch Destiny 2 on the Steam Deck via SteamOS or Proton will be unable to enter the game and will be returned to their game library after a short period of time.
Players who attempt to circumvent Destiny 2 incompatibility will be banned from the game.
We’ve been asking Bungie for five months if they could support the Steam Deck and Linux more generally, which seemed like a reasonable request for several reasons:
I was looking forward to playing like this. But the last communication we received from Bungie about Steam Deck and Proton was on October 3 and contained no response. Now it seems the answer is “we only work on Windows”.
To be fair, Bungie isn’t alone in rejecting the Steam Deck without necessarily providing a satisfying explanation – Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney told me why. fortnite will not be updated for the Steam Deck last month, even though Epic’s Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) system claims that game developers can activate it with “a few clicks”.
And although there is a hint that EA’s rival Apex Legends could come on deck, and Ring of Elden works on Deck (including online modes) despite the general use of anti-cheat, it’s also true that many other top multiplayer games have yet to arrive.
Bungie and Valve did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
I got Destiny 2 running through Stadia on the bridge. You can see a tiny bit of it in my video review.