The lights are on
Today, in a blog post, Bohemia Interactive detailed
why it's making the upcoming military sim Arma 3 exclusive to Valve's digital
In the post, Arma 3 project lead Joris-Jan van 't Land said, "One of the steps in this plan has been to select Valve's
our primary platform. Not only is Arma 3 PC-exclusive, but now we have decided
to make it Steam-exclusive as well. Since we expect this will upset some of our
fans, I'd like to take the time to honestly explain our motivations."
went on to explain the company's reasoning at some length, which you can read
on the full blog post. However, to summarize: The company has a good working
relationship with Steam, and many of the service's features regarding things
like patching and DLC make Bohemia's job of supporting the game post-launch
easier and less expensive. By going only with Steam, it will only have to worry
about supporting one version of the game and one distribution channel, allowing
Bohemia's team to focus on what it does best: developing the game itself.
also went on to talk about Steams DRM management - which is perhaps the aspect
of the decision that Bohemia expecting pushback from fans on.
of it what you want, but piracy is affecting us as a business," he said. "However,
Bohemia Interactive has tried to grow with the evolution of the Internet,
rather than to fight it. We have removed intrusive Digital Rights Management
(DRM) from our games several months after release, but cannot afford to launch
without such technologies. We strongly believe the best anti-piracy comes from
offering valuable online services that people are willing to invest in.
Supporting that philosophy: we saw we could not deliver in-house solutions on
time, but could take Steam's and expand upon them. It will be possible to run Steam in Offline mode, and still play
the game (with the exception of online services obviously,
including multiplayer itself)."
also said that boxed copies of Arma 3 will be available, which might be either
Steam codes in a package of some sort or DVDs which contain data to speed
installation. However, all copies of the game must be run and updated through
also stated that the decision was made because Bohemia felt making Arma 3
exclusive to Steam was the only way the company would be able to release the
game in 2013.
Source: Bohemia Interactive via Destructoid
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I'm glad, Steam is amazing.
Can't we get some good games as exclusives instead? Geez.
Very cool, this is a good move. the Steam service is really great and has come a long way over the years.
I endorse that!
This is really not a bad idea. If it makes their patches and updates either, why not? Also Steam is a very reliable platform for PC games.
Never played any of these but they look awesome, just dont have a good enoug cpu to play it
I think this is a good idea. I purchase almost all of my games through Steam anyway (with the exception of some which are only available on Desura.) I think it is a good service and I've never had any complaints about it.
Who's gonna cry about that? Now if they went Origin only, then they'd get some flak.
Steam is definitely the right way to go!
More lies from people who have no idea what they're talking about.
Piracy isn't hurting your business, you're just too stupid to realize it isn't.
Companies port to other platforms to INCREASE profits, not because it costs them money.
Sounds like a bunch of excuses to hide what is probably the real reason they're doing this: business politics. Steam either payed them more for exclusivity, or there is another reason this happened.
No one doesn't port because they'll "Lose money" and want to "focus on making games." That's because porting gives you enough money to pay for the extra employees it takes to port, if it even takes any. These days, porting isn't very difficult or time consuming. Certainly not in patches either...
Don't believe the lies kids, and don't be okay with this. Sounds like business politics and lies tailored to make you ignore the real reason they're doing this with Steam. Probably the simple fact Steam payed them (by giving them a better deal on sales) to get exclusive rights to the game. If Steam becomes so popular and powerful, it can become a monopoly in PC gaming. This is really, really bad for the consumer AND developer: the same reason any monopoly is bad.
If you don't believe me, then educate yourself on what it takes to push new patches to various ports of the same game. This guy acts like it isn't an automated process where one click of a button uploads it all, even publishing it to the web. (And if it doesn't, this developing team has no idea how easy they could make things on themselves if they automated their minor processes like uploading files or blogs to multiple sites).