Eidos Launching With Steam
Here's the official press release from Valve which was released just minutes ago:
Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, and Valve® today announce an agreement to deliver dozens of new and best-selling PC titles via Steam.
This first agreement includes complete franchise sets of classics such as Tomb Raider, Commandos, and many of the Hitman titles. In addition, Eidos is bringing some of this year's most highly anticipated releases to Steam, including Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Championship Manager 2007, and more.
"For over 10 years, Eidos has been a leading publisher on every major gaming platform," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "Offering legendary action franchises in complete sets and working with Eidos to deliver new releases is a great step forward in our efforts to expand Steam's offerings, and to do so in ways that provide highest value to customers."
Arriving today, the first wave of Eidos titles available to Steam gamers around the world includes many of the Hitman titles, Battlestations: Midway, Just Cause, and the entire Commandos series. Pricing information is available at Steamgames.com, and news of additional Eidos games heading to Steam will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Eidos is delighted to add Steam to our extensive digital distribution network. Steam represents an opportunity to distribute our games electronically to millions of gamers around the world," said Tom Marx, Senior Business Development Manager: New Media at Eidos. "It also provides us a direct connection to these extremely active PC influencers who frequent Steam as a source for new content and information. As a result of being a spotlight feature on Steam this year, we expect to see sales of Tomb Raider: Anniversary benefit across all channels."
This is another victory for Valve, who have been seeking to make online content delivery systems, such as Steam, become more popular for the casual gamer. With so many big names already distributing their games on Steam, such as Infinity Ward and Sega, its popularity as a delivery system continues to grow.
Might this mark a new age in PC gaming? Instead of heading to the store to buy games, gamers may well stay at home and have the games delivered online, less hassle in a way to be sure.
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