A much-anticipated sequel to the top-down shooter Helldivers is on the verge of being released. It’s none other than Helldivers 2. Under development by Arrowhead Game Studios and to be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the sequel takes a different approach to gameplay than its predecessor, as it features a third-person perspective rather than the top-down perspective featured in Helldivers. So, as the game is approaching its inevitable release date, it is obvious that many curious players would want to know whether the game will be compatible with the Steam Deck. Well, if you too are interested in knowing the Steam Deck support details of Helldivers 2, consider reading this article until the end.
Handheld gaming is heading towards the mainstream, as more and more players are getting their hands on handheld devices including the Steam Deck, Asus Rog Ally, Lenovo Legion Go, etc. However, the Steam Deck is a very unique handheld that runs on a Linux-based OS named SteamOS, which is unlike the other handhelds that run on Windows. This means running games on the Steam Deck is a slightly different process. Due to this, whenever a new game is released or is to be released, curious Steam Deck players want information on whether it will be compatible with the device. The same is the case for Helldivers 2.
HELLDIVERS 2 Steam Deck Support Details & more
Well, Helldivers 2 is scheduled to be officially released on February 8, 2024, for the PC and PS5 platforms. However, as of now, there is no information available that suggests Helldivers 2 will be supported by the Steam Deck. Considering that the game is listed on Steam for PC players and that it has partial controller support, we think that it will be Steam Deck compatible.
If you didn’t already know, Helldivers, being a top-down shooter, is playable on the Deck, and the upcoming game is in fact a third-person shooter, which makes it quite suitable for handheld gaming. So, it won’t be too far-fetched to say that Helldivers 2 will be supported by the Steam Deck. But don’t expect it to run without any tinkering. Helldivers didn’t receive the Deck Verified badge, and it is possible that Helldivers 2 won’t as well. So, you might have to adjust a few settings, use Proton, or make additional changes for the game to run on the handheld. Anyway, it is important that you understand that this is just speculation from our side and not a confirmed update, so take this information with a pinch of salt.
Deck Verified Status?
As mentioned earlier, handheld gaming is heading towards the mainstream, and this might lead the developers to develop the game with Deck compatibility, eventually receiving the Deck Verified status from Valve. And even if the game doesn’t come with the verified badge upon launch, a rise in demand can lead to this happening.
So, as of now, we can’t really say where the upcoming installment in the Helldivers series will be Steam Deck compatible for sure, but it is very likely. More details on the same will be available once the game is released and is tested by players.