How to play Last Epoch on Steam Deck

Last Epoch on the Steam Deck
(Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

Last Epoch is the latest hack-and-slash action RPG in town, combining dungeon-crawling, time travel and monster murderizing. Touted as a competitor to Diablo, it has potential, but so far is only available on PC. It's also unfortunately not Steam Deck verified yet, but the developers have confirmed they are working on this. In the meantime, if you do want to brute force your way into playing Last Epoch on Steam Deck like I have, you can.

Approach this method with caution as the game is not optimized for the Steam Deck yet, and you may experience the odd crash, but on the whole it's working pretty well for me early game using ProtonGE which is easily installable from the Discover store on your Steam Deck. 

How to play Last Epoch on Steam Deck

(Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

If you simply install and try to run Last Epoch on the Steam Deck, you may not get past the character creation screen, what you need to do first is switch to Desktop mode and install ProtonGE. 

ProtonGE is a community built version of Valve's Proton which often adds game-specific tweaks before the official version. Follow the steps below to get it on your Steam Deck. 

  • Steam button > Power > Desktop mode.
  • Open Discover (Software Centre).
  • Search for ProtonUp and install ProtonUp-QT.

Search for ProtonUp and install ProtonUp-QT (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)
  • Launch ProtonUp-QT.
  • Select Add Version.
  • Install the latest version of Proton, in my case it was GE-Proton9.

Click 'Add version' and select the latest proton version from the dropdown given. Click install. (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)
  • Select Last Epoch in your gaming library. You can do this in Desktop mode or head back to Gaming mode.
  • Click the cog wheel > Properties > Compatibility.
  • Tick the box 'Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool'.
  • Select your latest version of ProtonGE.

Congratulations, now when you launch the game, it will work! In theory, it may still look a little janky, but don't worry, I have some settings that will improve your experience.

Once you are in the game, head to settings and Graphics and make sure you have the following settings:

  • Master quality: Medium.
  • Display mode: Full Screen.
  • Shadow quality: Medium.
  • Detail shadows: Tick this box. (this may seem odd, but the game looks awful without it, and the performance hit is negligible).

Other settings I'd recommend you change due to the controller support not being fully fleshed out, are:

  • Social: Disable chat (you won't be able to get rid of it else).
  • Gameplay: Auto-compare items (switch this on).

Finally, in the sound settings I'd recommend changing the dropdown from Pulse Audio Output to:

  • ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor Speaker.

This just sounds much clearer to me through the Steam Deck speakers. 

That's it for now, at least until we have an official Steam Deck verified version of the game! Bear in mind too there are a bunch of server issues right now due to popularity, so even after changing all these settings you may still want to play offline for stability. 

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Are you ready to travel through time and save the world of Eterra from the Void? Last Epoch is the ultimate action RPG for fans of hack and slash, loot, and epic skills. Choose from 15 mastery classes, craft legendary weapons, and explore dangerous dungeons in a ruined future.

Jennifer Young

Jen is a News Writer for Windows Central, focused on all things gaming and Microsoft. Anything slaying monsters with magical weapons will get a thumbs up such as Dark Souls, Dragon Age, Diablo, and Monster Hunter. When not playing games, she'll be watching a horror or trash reality TV show, she hasn't decided which of those categories the Kardashians fit into. You can follow Jen on Twitter @Jenbox360 for more Diablo fangirling and general moaning about British weather.