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Modern Warfare 3 to use Steamworks

Modern Warfare 3 to use Steamworks

Valve has confirmed that the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 will use Steamworks.

Valve has confirmed that Activision's upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will use Steam's Steamworks back-end to provide a host of multiplayer features and support to the game.

Modern Warfare 3 will, like all Steamworks games, feature Steam achievements and auto-updating of game files. It will also require a Steam account to play.

Valve has confirmed that Steamworks will feature in all copies of the game, regardless of whether they are purchased from retail stores or digital distribution platforms.

Some distributors have previously avoided selling titles included Steamworks however, though no such boycotts have been publicly announced for Modern Warfare 3.

Modern Warfare 3 is also confirmed to feature dedicated servers from launch.

Check out our Modern Warfare 3 preview for more information, as well as the video below.

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DragunovHUN 30th August 2011, 12:09 Quote
Huge surprize considering the last 2 COD games used steamworks.
amppatel 30th August 2011, 12:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
Huge surprize considering the last 2 COD games used steamworks.

There were talks they could be switching so no need to be sarcastic!
flibblesan 30th August 2011, 13:11 Quote
Dedicated servers, oh yes! :D
Platinum 30th August 2011, 13:11 Quote
Nope, the other 2 were on Steam but were not on Steamworks, Its a positive move.
wuyanxu 30th August 2011, 13:15 Quote
pretty sure MW2 and Blops used steamworks, it's got achievements, saved game sync and steam friends list integration.

apart from the gameplay itself, i must say, MW3 is looking better by the day.
smc8788 30th August 2011, 13:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Platinum
Nope, the other 2 were on Steam but were not on Steamworks, Its a positive move.

Steamworks is a form of DRM where boxed retail copies must be activated on Steam and linked to an account before they can be used. This was the case with MW2 and Blops; compare this with COD2 and COD4 which are on Steam but are not Steamworks titles. Please get your own facts straight before correcting others.
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
apart from the gameplay itself, i must say, MW3 is looking better by the day.

Sure, if by 'better' you mean 'exactly the same as the last COD game' :p
DragunovHUN 30th August 2011, 13:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Platinum
Nope, the other 2 were on Steam but were not on Steamworks, Its a positive move.

They were Steamworks.
djab 30th August 2011, 13:31 Quote
Some distributors have previously avoided selling titles included Steamworks however, though no such boycotts have been publicly announced for Modern Warfare 3.

:) I can not imagine any distributor avoiding MW3.
MW games releases are probably one of the few times in the year when they make the most monney.
enciem 30th August 2011, 13:32 Quote
Is this decision influenced by Activision not wanting to 'establish an ongoing relationship' with their customers? ;)
Bauul 30th August 2011, 15:57 Quote
Whatever EA does with BF3, Activision seems to do the opposite with MW3.
Jimbob 30th August 2011, 20:38 Quote
"Valve has confirmed that Steamworks will feature in all copies of the game, regardless of whether they are purchased from retail stores or digital distribution platforms"

Lol, I don't get some of you guys. When this was said about EA and BF3 there were posts from people saying that they would boycott the game and that it would lose EA sales. Read the EA/Origin thread and it's full of flaming!
Stewb 30th August 2011, 21:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jimbob
"Valve has confirmed that Steamworks will feature in all copies of the game, regardless of whether they are purchased from retail stores or digital distribution platforms"

Lol, I don't get some of you guys. When this was said about EA and BF3 there were posts from people saying that they would boycott the game and that it would lose EA sales. Read the EA/Origin thread and it's full of flaming!

Yes there was flaming, but because of the exact opposite... It doesn't use steamworks at all...
spectre456 30th August 2011, 21:35 Quote
boy do i love competition. What's next? they add mod support on day one? DLC will sell for $10 instead of 15?

Although, this news is not really a surprise since the last two games had steamworks. Seems to be more of a "take that!" stab at EA.
longweight 30th August 2011, 23:12 Quote
I will buy this over BF3 if it is integrates with Steam properly :D
chemo 30th August 2011, 23:17 Quote
wouldnt suprise me if BF3 made its way back onto steam for release.
MW2 and blops as said above were steamworks too.
slothy89 31st August 2011, 04:46 Quote
Dissapointing news if you ask me. Steamworks means you own the game forever, no 2nd hand sales. Unless you sell your entire account (with all your games)

If only steam gave you the option to gift games you owned to other steam users. You could organise payment yourself externally.
DragunovHUN 31st August 2011, 08:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by slothy89
Dissapointing news if you ask me. Steamworks means you own the game forever,

Why buy a game that you don't want to keep? Well, okay, i did pick up Frontlines back in the day on Steam but that was like €2 and i can always ask support to just remove it.

And nobody in their right mind would buy a second hand COD game on PC anyways because of key issues. Even if you do get a key that nobody else uses anymore, it could be banned from all kinds of places.
will_123 31st August 2011, 10:09 Quote
This is really positive for COD. Taking the correct steps for their users may consider getting this at Christmas after I have bought BF3 see what's it like.
wuyanxu 31st August 2011, 10:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788

Sure, if by 'better' you mean 'exactly the same as the last COD game' :p

this is what i meant :p
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Originally Posted by spectre456

Although, this news is not really a surprise since the last two games had steamworks. Seems to be more of a "take that!" stab at EA.
cgthomas 31st August 2011, 13:24 Quote
Fool me once - shame on me. Fool me twice......

I already got burnt once with BLOPS. However, I will think twice and three times before I buy the next CoD game. I don't want a game that becomes unplayable as soon as a DLC is released.

I completely support DLC's, but not to the extent of extorting money from the customer with 20 DLC releases in 6 months (metaphorically speaking).

When you buy a CoD game you either play by Activision's rules and buy each and every DLC to keep playing or you choose to side with your own rules and end up in empty, boring servers.

Thanks for the offer Activision, but I'll go with BF3
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