Modern Warfare 3 Signs up for Steamworks

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Modern Warfare 3 Signs up for Steamworks

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Activision is sticking with what works, and once again using Steam for Call of Duty on the PC.

If you're planning on playing Modern Warfare 3 on the PC, you're going to be doing so using Valve's Steamworks framework. Modern Warfare 3 will be the latest in an ever-growing list of Call of Duty titles to use the Steamworks system.

Activision has previously used Steamworks for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2. Modern Warfare 3 will use Steamworks for both the digital versions of the game, and the physical versions. PC owners who don't mind downloading their games can pre-purchase Modern Warfare 3 on Steam now, and have it ready to play the second it's released later this year.

Steamworks is a suite of tools created by Valve that give publishers and developers access to the various elements of the Steam platform. Through Steamworks, publishers can implement achievements, use Steam's ready-made voice chat and anti-cheating systems, and gain access to Steam's various backend systems that make authenticating and protecting content relatively easy. Steamworks also has the advantage of being free, which is undoubtedly a point in its favor.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 8th.

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Awesome. I would rather have steam support than anything else.

Well it's not as bad as Origin.

Then again, that's still a pretty low hurdle for Activision to clear to justify a £40 PC game.

I'm waiting for the big multiplayer blow-out and unless it's something special I'll hold off till steam summer sales where this game will be at a more reasonable price, I'm thinking around £25

I still won't buy it.

Although I'm sure this will attract a few more pc sales.

Logan Westbrook:
Modern Warfare 3 Signs up for Steamworks
Activision is sticking with what works, and ONCE again using Steam for Call of Duty on the PC.

There ya go

Reveras:

Logan Westbrook:
Modern Warfare 3 Signs up for Steamworks
Activision is sticking with what works, and ONCE again using Steam for Call of Duty on the PC.

There ya go

The irony of this escaped me 'till now, so thank you for making me laugh. :P

OT: Good on them for not being... well, EA, but I'm still not going to buy this. Kind of sick of CoD by now, to be honest. I still think CoD 2 was the best...

Well, all the more reason to get it on the console.

Knife-28:
Well, all the more reason to get it on the console.

Umm, wut? Steamworks is rather sweet and does handy cloud stuffs with your configuration info.

Nick Holmgren:

Knife-28:
Well, all the more reason to get it on the console.

Umm, wut? Steamworks is rather sweet and does handy cloud stuffs with your configuration info.

Yea, well, I've sort of been against the idea of retail games forcing you to download programs to make the game work ever since Steam royally screwed up my installation of The Orange Box leaving me unable to play Half Life 2: Episode 2.

Knife-28:

Nick Holmgren:

Knife-28:
Well, all the more reason to get it on the console.

Umm, wut? Steamworks is rather sweet and does handy cloud stuffs with your configuration info.

Yea, well, I've sort of been against the idea of retail games forcing you to download programs to make the game work ever since Steam royally screwed up my installation of The Orange Box leaving me unable to play Half Life 2: Episode 2.

I had a problem with Steam once. I bought Counter Strike: Source in store and it tried to get me to pay for it again.

I returned it and bought Battlefield 2142 instead. And since that day I have preferred Steam over anything EA has offered me.

Bobbity:
I still think CoD 2 was the best...

Modern Warfare 1 was the only one I ever bought, and since I bought it really late and not on Steam, the servers were mostly ghost towns by the time I got there. Biggest mistaken purchase I ever made, IMHO. Still, the campaign was pretty good (the first time, on Normal) and it'll make a decent trade-in for something else.

this is why modern warfare 3 will ultimately win over battlefield 3

Pohaturon:
this is why modern warfare 3 will ultimately win over battlefield 3

This is one of the reasons. The main one being that the CoD fanbase is massive which gives it a huge head start over Battlefield 3 right out of the gate. This news helps give it an edge among the PC crowd as Steam is loved and Origin (whether deserved or not) is hated. I don't see Battlefield 3 standing a chance head-to-head, personally.
I don't see why it is even a competition, really. But EA insists.

Pohaturon:
this is why modern warfare 3 will ultimately win over battlefield 3

Thought that is for PC only. And it's hard to say at this point which game sells more on PC unless somebody have made some poll about it in neutral forums.

Knife-28:

Nick Holmgren:

Knife-28:
Well, all the more reason to get it on the console.

Umm, wut? Steamworks is rather sweet and does handy cloud stuffs with your configuration info.

Yea, well, I've sort of been against the idea of retail games forcing you to download programs to make the game work ever since Steam royally screwed up my installation of The Orange Box leaving me unable to play Half Life 2: Episode 2.

For every user who loves Steam like it's raised them, there's one who hates it with a burning passion.

The necessity of these kind of programs is of course a massive bitch. That's a fact. But what's also a fact is that, for what it is, Steam is actually giving the customer something in return. It's like, "yeah, you have to install Steam. So it'll go ahead and sort out your library of games, keep your save games in its Cloud, offer up substantial free DLC for first-party titles, and give you insanely massive savings on download deals."

The alternatives do the same job, sure, but with militant authority. "Install me to play game. ...hold on, just gonna scan your whole PC so we can send it to our boss. Hold still and don't scream. Oh, stop squirming."

Andy of Comix Inc:

For every user who loves Steam like it's raised them, there's one who hates it with a burning passion.

The necessity of these kind of programs is of course a massive bitch. That's a fact. But what's also a fact is that, for what it is, Steam is actually giving the customer something in return. It's like, "yeah, you have to install Steam. So it'll go ahead and sort out your library of games, keep your save games in its Cloud, offer up substantial free DLC for first-party titles, and give you insanely massive savings on download deals."

The alternatives do the same job, sure, but with militant authority. "Install me to play game. ...hold on, just gonna scan your whole PC so we can send it to our boss. Hold still and don't scream. Oh, stop squirming."

Lets not forget the optional extra Impulse dropped on me. Namely, eating 2GB of RAM while I was trying to play a game. That ended well. 20 minutes of swap file pounding later when I finally got into task manager.

A few people have said this, every DRM is a cage. But at least steam is a NICE cage. Its not as if we have the choice of no DRM any more.

I'm lucky enough to have never had a problem with steam, I'm sure people will argue. I'm sure people have never had a problem with impulse (maybe) or any of the others.

Here's my problem:
What if I want to play steam games AND impulse games AND origin games etc etc?
So, either I have to have several clients running in the background each with different friends lists etc or I need to stop and start the clients and switch between. I don't like either solution.

You mean Activision won't be releasing the newest addition to their most profitable franchise on their biggest rival's new digital distribution platform?!?

What an interesting and unforeseen turn of events!

Phishfood:

Andy of Comix Inc:

For every user who loves Steam like it's raised them, there's one who hates it with a burning passion.

The necessity of these kind of programs is of course a massive bitch. That's a fact. But what's also a fact is that, for what it is, Steam is actually giving the customer something in return. It's like, "yeah, you have to install Steam. So it'll go ahead and sort out your library of games, keep your save games in its Cloud, offer up substantial free DLC for first-party titles, and give you insanely massive savings on download deals."

The alternatives do the same job, sure, but with militant authority. "Install me to play game. ...hold on, just gonna scan your whole PC so we can send it to our boss. Hold still and don't scream. Oh, stop squirming."

Lets not forget the optional extra Impulse dropped on me. Namely, eating 2GB of RAM while I was trying to play a game. That ended well. 20 minutes of swap file pounding later when I finally got into task manager.

A few people have said this, every DRM is a cage. But at least steam is a NICE cage. Its not as if we have the choice of no DRM any more.

I'm lucky enough to have never had a problem with steam, I'm sure people will argue. I'm sure people have never had a problem with impulse (maybe) or any of the others.

Here's my problem:
What if I want to play steam games AND impulse games AND origin games etc etc?
So, either I have to have several clients running in the background each with different friends lists etc or I need to stop and start the clients and switch between. I don't like either solution.

steam is currently eating up at most 200 mbs of ram on my pc. i recon in game layout occupies prolly another 200 AT MOST with exageration. :/

dunno whats wrong with impulse, that it needs 2 fucking gigas to run.

So now the choice is buy BF3 even on CD and get forced to use Origin. Or buy MW3 and get forced to use Steam (yes I know they did it with previous version, so it's not a surprise). PC gaming is sooo great at the moment... Groan.

i like steam and have never had issues with it. as for origin, no thanks. you lose ea, and you also lose dice... what happened, you used to be cool.....

no mod tools, origin and a bunch of other retarded ideas. its like you dont want ppl to buy your games or something. very odd behavior..

I used LAN basically every night with the original CoD:MW. Steam kind of kills that. I bought Black Ops and got to play it solo. I tried random servers and it just got old. More fun to play and people shouting from across the hall. Also I'm not going to buy 3 copies of a game to play LAN over Steam. That is my only complaint with Steam.

Some of the other places I have seen we aren't too worried about origin (before you stop me, no, I do not claim to speak for the entire internet). Scanning the registry is still no different from what some other services (some not even game related) do, and I'm pretty sure the escapist has our IP addresses too, and don't even get me started on google. I still think the origin complaints are mainly from people who have to look for some problem with Battlefield, but that comes from the perspective of a self-confessed battlefield fanboy.

Other than being a (possible, Never used it fully, and when it has been running in background I don't seem to notice) resource hog and another advertisement crammer I really do not see a problem with it. Not to say that I love it and that all games should be sold on it, I still prefer steam for that, but I still think its just a case of looking for a new Gaming Emmanuel Goldstein after MW hate has gone stale (I still plan to buy MW3 despite the fact that I know the Frustration in MP is going to be immense as the last one I got[MW2])

Sectan:
I used LAN basically every night with the original CoD:MW. Steam kind of kills that. I bought Black Ops and got to play it solo. I tried random servers and it just got old. More fun to play and people shouting from across the hall. Also I'm not going to buy 3 copies of a game to play LAN over Steam. That is my only complaint with Steam.

well that sorta isn't steams fault. In reality, Steam was only an alternative to the norm (though can be a contributing source, might I add.). Personally, I would blame activision for changing the system from something that already worked into something that they believed would combat piracy because they can't seem to grasp that there still are legitimate customers that buy their games, and have to make those customers suffer. Although, not as bad as Ubisuck, mind you.

draythefingerless:

steam is currently eating up at most 200 mbs of ram on my pc. i recon in game layout occupies prolly another 200 AT MOST with exageration. :/

dunno whats wrong with impulse, that it needs 2 fucking gigas to run.

Yeah, its probably some glitch somewhere. Still, steam doesn't do that to me. Runs on average about 90MB for me, wonder what the difference is?

Personally, I love steam. I think it's the best digital distribution platform out there, with Impulse coming a close second. My only problem with Steam is the huge price differences between America and Australia (which Steam claim is the developer's choice and not theirs). I'll probably end up getting MW3 when the price drops. Currently it's sitting at $100AUD. (On the US version of Steam it's only $59.99)

Pohaturon:
this is why modern warfare 3 will ultimately win over battlefield 3

Not really because Battlefield 3 will still blow away MW3 for pc sales. CoD games have comparitively sold like shit on the PC.

Shame they marked it up to $100 in Australia. Possibly the most expensive non-simulator game there at this point.

That's a mark against it. But that's just Activision being Activision I suppose...I guess I should consider it a character quirk at this point since I'm not planning on getting this either way.

good. im honestly not sure if i will buy this game for the pc, (im definitely picking it up for xbox), but if i feel like a shooter on my pc, i honestly have to choose this over battlefield. I have no desire to ever use or sign up for origin. hopefully EA realizes origin exclusivity is dumb from a consumer perspective and allows battlefield 3 on steam again, or at the very least doesnt give any other game origin exclusivity.

5t3v0:
Some of the other places I have seen we aren't too worried about origin (before you stop me, no, I do not claim to speak for the entire internet). Scanning the registry is still no different from what some other services (some not even game related) do, and I'm pretty sure the escapist has our IP addresses too, and don't even get me started on google. I still think the origin complaints are mainly from people who have to look for some problem with Battlefield, but that comes from the perspective of a self-confessed battlefield fanboy.

Other than being a (possible, Never used it fully, and when it has been running in background I don't seem to notice) resource hog and another advertisement crammer I really do not see a problem with it. Not to say that I love it and that all games should be sold on it, I still prefer steam for that, but I still think its just a case of looking for a new Gaming Emmanuel Goldstein after MW hate has gone stale (I still plan to buy MW3 despite the fact that I know the Frustration in MP is going to be immense as the last one I got[MW2])

battlefield looks awesome. but i dont wanna sign up for yet another service and EA is the most annoying with thier services. i dont want steam AND origin AND impulse running on my pc, not to mention all of the stupid extra programs ea seems to install with my game (gamespy advisor, punk buster, ect)

if they dropped the price on all thier games by $5 on origin - it would totally be worth it. however, origin is just a way for EA to get 100% of the money from a sale and step around the retailer. as it is, they arent giving me anything extra for the money, not to mention games are only guerenteed for one year

I'm just getting Red orcherstra 2 It looks sweet and the first one was so fun.
I'm not getting BF3(because of orgins) or MW3 but I know my step dad is getting MW3.

666Chaos:

Pohaturon:
this is why modern warfare 3 will ultimately win over battlefield 3

Not really because Battlefield 3 will still blow away MW3 for pc sales. CoD games have comparitively sold like shit on the PC.

Here is the sales charts for the PC sales of the last three Call of Duty Games, compared to Bad Company 2, from Vgchartz.com.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 = 621,438
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 = 702,102
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare = 1261419
Call of Duty: Black Ops = 1166936

Battlefield hasn't come close to matching them on the PC.

Soviet Heavy:

Here is the sales charts for the PC sales of the last three Call of Duty Games, compared to Bad Company 2, from Vgchartz.com.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 = 621,438
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 = 702,102
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare = 1261419
Call of Duty: Black Ops = 1166936

Battlefield hasn't come close to matching them on the PC.

I have to say VGchartz is probably the least reliable sites I have ever seen. MW2 actually sold more copies then that for the PC on the very first day.

Me and my mates all see it as a good thing when a game has steamworks.

Not that I'm gonna get it tho.
United Offensive was the best CoD game for me..... so many good memories on that game.

666Chaos:

Soviet Heavy:

Here is the sales charts for the PC sales of the last three Call of Duty Games, compared to Bad Company 2, from Vgchartz.com.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 = 621,438
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 = 702,102
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare = 1261419
Call of Duty: Black Ops = 1166936

Battlefield hasn't come close to matching them on the PC.

I have to say VGchartz is probably the least reliable sites I have ever seen. MW2 actually sold more copies then that for the PC on the very first day.

Then why are you saying that BF3 is going to "blow away" MW3, if you suddenly start saying that these tallies are inaccurate and that the actual total is even bigger?

Now if they can just bring down the price....?

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