In news that is bound to warm the cockles of the PC gaming heart, Bohemia Interactive have revealed that upcoming ArmA III will be exclusive not only to PC, but to the Steam platform as well. Why? According to a post on their blog, they feel that limiting their release to Steam is the only way to make sure the game is available in 2013.
“Recent upgrades to Steamworks have made it an even more interesting option for us as developer and publisher,” writes BI’s Joris-Jan van ‘t Land. “These include Delta-patching and more direct administration of our games without a middle-man.”
“Some of you will remember the huge amount of different distributed versions for Arma 2, and all of the problems associated with it. We needed to spend far too much time on creating and testing all the master copies. Every patch had to be tested for every conceivable combination of distribution, patch and DLC. This drained so many of our resources, that we could not support the game itself as much as we’d have liked. By targeting Steam as our primary distribution, we can take those resources and put them to much better use: making the most splendid game possible.”
The article also touches on the nature of piracy and DRM, and reaffirm’s BI’s strong commitment to not restricting the player unnecessarily.
“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).”
Source: Bohemia Interactive