Steam Deck support improvements delayed for Rimworld due to ongoing Ukraine conflict

Rimworld developers have stated that Steam Deck updates intended to help the game run better on the platform have been delayed. This is due to the current Russian attack on Ukraine, where the developer who worked on these updates lives.

In an update on Rimworld Community Page on Steam, the blog post explains that while Rimworld is technically running on a recently released Steam deck, it may need some fixes. Basically, it sounds like the game is ok and pretty playable. However, some UI issues and some general issues are interfering, and due to the current situation, these fixes are understandably delayed.

The post explains that it initially took the Ukrainian developer extra time to get the Steam deck, and now the Russian invasion of his home country has clearly made matters worse. Piotr Walzak, Rimworld’s tech lead, stepped in to help with the Stream Deck integration, but they understandably don’t expect changes to come soon with this patch.

Luckily, the comments section didn’t let me down this time. Almost all of the responses come from well-wishers hoping for the safety of this developer and their loved ones, as well as for an end to the war. Those feelings are clearly far more important than how well the user interface works on Valve’s new handheld console.

Luckily, it also resonated with much of the gaming and tech community as game studios banded together to support Ukraine during the invasion. SpaceX helped provide satellite internet to help with communications in the country, and Ubisoft donated emergency housing and funding to the cause. The developers of Stalker have stopped production and are collecting donations, and the people behind Euro Truck Simulator are releasing DLC ​​to raise money.

These efforts aren’t likely to stop as more studios and companies jump in, and that seems to be helping. Ukraine has even officially asked the gaming and esports industry to temporarily end support from Russia, including banning esports teams from competing.

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