Albion Online will begin live testing for controller support next week. The Sandbox Interactive team will start supporting PC and console controllers as well as Steam Deck beginning on March 2nd.
Controller support is one of the next steps involved to bring Albion Online in more ways designed to meet players where they are. This follows the mobile version of the game that helped the player community to grow in successful numbers, and lets everyone access their characters from anywhere they can connect. Next week, the rollout of support will begin as a testing phase with planned ongoing refinement and optimization to provide the necessary polish to get it to a full controller support release.
Compatible controllers will be able to work with the desktop version of the game. For this first phase of testing, activating controller support will happen via chat commands. For those who are planning to play via Steam Deck will be able to use the native device controllers by default. Support for the game on Steam Deck was confirmed, and now that the device is out, it will be yet another option for access this and many other games.
More details are coming on how the whole process will work. There isn’t a list just yet of which the starting compatible controllers will be. Though due to the intent to make the game more open to as many players as possible (and with Albion Online’s global, multilingual player audience), it’s likely that the range will be wide, or widen up as testing continues. There will be a separate subforum opening up dedicated to controller support testing and feedback, so there will be a hub to follow the process as it develops.
For more on the upcoming controller support testing, see the announcement over at Albion Online.