Steam will still allow you to revert to older versions of the game, despite beta issues.
Update: Valve has responded to claims that Steam will soon turn off the option to download previous versions of the games. In a statement provided to PC Gamer, a spokesperson clarified that the company has no plans to disable access to older versions of the software.
“We don’t actually have any plans to turn off downloading of older versions. What we’re working on is an approach to deal with extreme cases involving unowned content and to help partners more easily remove versions that need to be removed for. issues such as copyright, ”the statement said. bed. “We will have more to share on this work when it is ready to ship.”
Original story: The option to revert to an older version of a game has been an undocumented feature of Steam for some time now, but as SteamDB notes, the latest beta changes the way the client connects to their streaming network. content, removing customer access to previous versions. of their games.
Downgrading to an earlier version wasn’t something every Steam user was likely to need – in 2020, what was previously a command line function was quietly changed to require a third-party tool – but it had always of value. Updates to games like Grand Theft Auto 4, Beat Saber, Dragonball Z: Kakarot, and various Bethesda RPGs have broken mods and either required modder updates or a rollback to an older version. Some speedrunners and achievement hunters depend on access to specific versions of games, and they’re also worth keeping from an archival perspective. When an update to Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition made older replays impossible to watch, launchers had to go back to a previous patch to pick them up.
It should be noted that this is different when developers give access to variant versions through beta branches, which will not be affected. Even though this change continues in the stable version of Steam, you should still be able to access the versions you need to play Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator in VR and enable split screen co-op in Resident Evil 5, for example. example. .
“We don’t know if Steam CDN will enforce this requirement for all games (if any), or what other requirements may be,” the SteamDB team writes, while also noting: “This change will impact the functioning of SteamDB, and we will no longer be able to fully track the file listings for all games on Steam. “
According to the beta patch notes, the change “will ensure that all installed and cloud-enabled games are synced as soon as possible, to avoid delays when launching games and to prepare for possible offline play. . The SteamDB team explained separately that this is not, however, related to the possible problem of accessing old versions.
We have contacted Valve for comment and will let you know if we receive a response.