How to Downgrade Steam Games
Downgrading a game on Steam can be a bit tricky, as the platform typically automatically updates games to the latest version. However, it is possible to revert to an older version of a game if you desire to play a previous version or if a new update causes issues with gameplay.
In order to downgrade a Steam game, you will need to follow a few steps:
Step 1: Back up your game saves
Before you begin downgrading, it’s a good idea to back up your game saves. Look for the game’s save files in the Steam Cloud or in its local folder on your computer. Copy these files and save them to a separate location so that you can easily restore them later.
Step 2: Opt out of Steam Beta
If you are part of the Steam beta program, you may need to opt out or switch to the stable version of Steam in order to downgrade your game. To do this, go to Steam > Settings > Account, and click on “Change” under “Beta Participation.”
Step 3: Disable automatic updates
In order to prevent the game from automatically updating to the latest version, you will need to disable automatic updates for the game. To do this, right-click on the game in your Steam library, select “Properties,” and go to the “Updates” tab. From here, select “Do not automatically update this game.”
Step 4: Find the previous version of the game
Next, you will need to find a previous version of the game to install. This can be done through third-party sources or through Steam itself if the game has multiple versions available. To find previous versions on Steam, right-click on the game in your library, go to “Properties,” and select the “Betas” tab. From here, you can select previous versions of the game to install.
Step 5: Install the previous version
Once you have found a previous version of the game to install, simply click on it and Steam will begin downloading and installing the older version of the game.
Step 6: Restore your game saves
Once the older version of the game is installed, you can restore your game saves by copying them back into the game’s save folder.
It’s important to note that not all Steam games have multiple versions available, and some may not be able to be downgraded at all. Additionally, downgrading a game may cause issues with multiplayer or other online features, so make sure to do so with caution. Always back up your game saves before attempting to downgrade, and be aware that you may need to spend additional time troubleshooting and configuring the game after downgrading.