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Epic launches on Steam

Epic launches on Steam

Valve is now offering the entire Epic back-catalog through Steam at a discounted price.

Epic has just announced that it will be launching the entire back catalog of Unreal games over Steam after teaming up with Valve. Sure, Epic is a little late to the Steam party - but at least we get another excuse to play Unreal Gold, eh?

Of course, at this point there are some many developers signed on to Valve's Steam distribution service that it'd be easier if we just got a list of everyone who wasn't teamed with Valve. Pretty much the only big PC developer that comes to mind is Electronic Arts, which uses a similar but proprietary digital distribution platform called EA Store.

Epic has announced the usual discounted catalog deal as other developers have to help publicise the move. Gamers will be able to pick up a digital copy of Unreal Gold, Unreal 2: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition, Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor's Choice Edition and Unreal Tournament 3 for just $53.95 (about £27).

If you've already got some of the above games though then don't despair - all Epic games are currently 10 percent off.

"Epic is a leading developer of game engine technology and has produced some of my favorite games of all time," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. "It's an honor to be working with them and offering their current and classic titles to the millions of Steam gamers around the world."

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phat-ant 18th March 2008, 11:46 Quote
sounds like good news to me :)
cant be bothered with all those dvd/cds any more much easier to download it at whim.
steveo_mcg 18th March 2008, 11:54 Quote
And if there games don't sell on steam wait for them to start crying that digital distribution isn't what its cracked up to be.
DXR_13KE 18th March 2008, 11:59 Quote
very interesting and cheap...... it would be interesting to see if steam had an option of buying the CD of a certain game and having it sent to your home for a small premium....
Bauul 18th March 2008, 12:25 Quote
That's every relevent UT game ever for £27? That's not half bad you know. Am tempted now.
Kufwit 18th March 2008, 12:55 Quote
Steam is a grerat platform for the games as updates are automatic and there is no need for having the damn DVD in the drive to play the game.

I hate that the most. I payed for it and the people who DL for free don't have to worry about it with no DVD scripts ::(

But....

When are steam going to realise that they need to drop their prices to below what I can buy an actual DVD copy from Play.com.

I'd like digital DL to be the way I buy all my games but even a couple quid will sway me away from it. I mean come on even Asda beats them on price
wuyanxu 18th March 2008, 13:16 Quote
sounds good for UT3..... except it's in USD.

when Steam puts GBP on their system, i will consider buy it at the right price.
come on, 22 pounds for UT3?
sotu1 18th March 2008, 13:23 Quote
epic can sod off. they turn their backs on PC so i turn my back on you. i was gonna buy UT3 until they announced future console exclusivity.
Zut 18th March 2008, 13:27 Quote
^ Agreed. F*ck Epic!

They don't want to support us, but they still want our charity for their ancient rubbish?! Well they can bollocks.
kenco_uk 18th March 2008, 13:33 Quote
So, they're out to prove that PC game sales are dwindling eh?

The proof is not in the baking tray, it's in the pudding, you fools.
WildThing 18th March 2008, 14:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
sounds good for UT3..... except it's in USD.

when Steam puts GBP on their system, i will consider buy it at the right price.
come on, 22 pounds for UT3?

Why? The pound is a fair bit stronger than the dollar. With most of the games I've seen on steam that equates to quite a bargain.
UncertainGod 18th March 2008, 14:58 Quote
A couple of weeks ago this would have been great news, but now who cares about the company who has no interest in PC gaming?
wuyanxu 18th March 2008, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by WildThing
Why? The pound is a fair bit stronger than the dollar. With most of the games I've seen on steam that equates to quite a bargain.
never purchased on Steam, to me, it's too much hassle to work out the exchange rates
lewchenko 18th March 2008, 16:07 Quote
Be glad the prices are in USD.

Just buy it on your credit card and then check your statement for a decent deal in UK£ equivalent.

No problems with Steam, other than the restricted catalog, plus my ISP caps my downloads at 20GB per month. In fact I bought Orange Box on it.
steveo_mcg 18th March 2008, 16:12 Quote
Thing is at the moment the games are more expensive when you convert them from USD to GBP and then you need to add tax. Steam UT3= USD44.95 ~= 22.50 + 17.5% vat = ~£26. Play.com UT3 = ~£15. No contest really. Steam used to be good and for valve i think it's still there or there about but for other devs its really quite expensive.
p3n 18th March 2008, 16:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kufwit
Steam is a grerat platform for the games as updates are automatic and there is no need for having the damn DVD in the drive to play the game.

I hate that the most. I payed for it and the people who DL for free don't have to worry about it with no DVD scripts ::(

But....

When are steam going to realise that they need to drop their prices to below what I can buy an actual DVD copy from Play.com.

I'd like digital DL to be the way I buy all my games but even a couple quid will sway me away from it. I mean come on even Asda beats them on price

I've not tried but in theory you should be able to 'activate cd key' in steam for the UT games and put the disc away forever :p
freedom810 18th March 2008, 16:47 Quote
When will EA see that there downloader is pure crap. Steam is where the games are and is thinking of expanding, EA have lost. Go steam :D
Yotta 18th March 2008, 17:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
I've not tried but in theory you should be able to 'activate cd key' in steam for the UT games and put the disc away forever :p

Which means the games can't then be sold or swapped and played online through steam because the key can only be activated on steam once, unless you want to go through steam's reset key rigmarole.
rjkoneill 18th March 2008, 17:22 Quote
all we need is steam in £GBP and we are set!
yodasarmpit 18th March 2008, 23:59 Quote
Looks like UT3 might actually realise those potential sales figures after all.
Although at £27 compared to £15 in the shops, hmmmm
docodine 19th March 2008, 00:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zut
^ Agreed. F*ck Epic!

They don't want to support us, but they still want our charity for their ancient rubbish?! Well they can bollocks.

Since when is UT3 (and even UT2K4) ancient? Let alone rubbish. Why does it bother everyone so much that the next UT engine is console only? Really, how much better can graphics get? I consider Half-Life 2 to be the first game with 'next-gen' graphics, and since then, nothing has really amazed me. (The Bio Rifle in UT3 came close though. :P)

And yes, I have played Crysis.
Yotta 19th March 2008, 01:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
I consider Half-Life 2 to be the first game with 'next-gen' graphics

Surely you mean last game? Otherwise there's plenty of games you could call next gen if you consider where we are today and use W3D as a starting point.
rls669 19th March 2008, 01:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kufwit
When are steam going to realise that they need to drop their prices to below what I can buy an actual DVD copy from Play.com.
They can't. Retail chains won't carry a game if the digital download is cheaper. Stardock tries to sweeten the deal a bit by making every download a collector's edition with some extra content.
steveo_mcg 19th March 2008, 11:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by rls669
They can't. Retail chains won't carry a game if the digital download is cheaper. Stardock tries to sweeten the deal a bit by making every download a collector's edition with some extra content.

Rubbish, the orange box was considerably cheaper on steam than it was in Game or HMV.
r4tch3t 20th March 2008, 01:46 Quote
Bought this when it first came on steam, got all the Unreal's for $20NZD less than the cheapest you can get UT3 in the shop.
Personally I love steam, if only they had more games on there.
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