Yesterday, we looked at No Rest for the Wicked on the Steam Deck for a first impression, and while I am optimistic that it will get better, some performance drops and memory issues persist and can cause some issues. But that isn't deterring the team, and after talking to Gennaidy Korol, co-founder of the studio behind the game, I have a lot of confidence that this will be a fantastic game to play on the Deck.

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First, there was a patch that was released a couple of hours ago that added some nice improvements. There are some performance optimizations for rendering, balanced and performance quality modes, visual effects and fog, and the ship prologue, as well as some smaller ones here and there. And while I do still need the 4GB UMA Buffer for RAM, the game is running noticeably smoother! I can fight the boss at 30 FPS with only minor drops at 80% render scale, whereas before, I needed to bring it down to 50 to get decent performance.

There were still some drops, but they were nowhere near what they were before. Combined with the 60 FPS simulation running in the background, I was able to beat the boss, and all my inputs were responsive regardless. The game may not be 100% better yet and still needs some fixes for a truly solid Steam Deck experience, but this is a fantastic step forward—and it's only been two days since release!

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When talking to Gennaidy, I asked about optimizing for the Steam Deck, and I left the conversation even more optimistic about the future of No Rest for the Wicked. To get it running as well as it is, there had to be a lot of memory optimizations, texture and level streaming, and rendering performance improvements. And while more will be made, it was still important to get it up as much as they did for early access release. As for future updates, we should see more performance and rendering improvements immediately, while a big cleanup of memory will be following, which should reduce crashes and ensure we don't need a 4GB UMA Buffer.

I feel more confident that No Rest for the Wicked will be a great game on the Steam Deck as it is being developed. Even if it isn't perfect right now, the improvements made so far and the developer's plans to improve the game give me confidence that it's a worthwhile investment.

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No Rest for the Wicked is currently available in early access for 10% off at $35.99 until May 2nd.

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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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