Steam Holiday Sale launches
December 20, 2013 // 11:46 a.m.
The Steam Holiday sale has launched with a new selection of deep discounted titles from the digital distribution library.
The sale has already claimed its first victims with deals on Dishonored, Bioshock Infinite, The Stanley Parable, Batman Arkham Origins, Space Hulk, Monaco, Dead Island and driving simulator Assetto Corsa.
In what might be a first for the Steam sales, a pre purchase title is also offered with Metal Gear Rising Revengeance on sale for 33% off. It was announced yesterday that the PC version of Revengeance will launch on January 9.
Flash sales that refresh every eight hours have also returned, as have the Community Choice sales, with the first chosen title being FTL.
Accompanying the Holiday Sale are snow globe trading cards that can be earned by buying games from the sale, voting in the Community Choice sale or outright bought on the community market.
The snow globe cards can then be crafted into game badges that earns special in-game items for a series of free-to-play games including Team Fortress 2, Warframe, DOTA 2, Realm of the Mad God and Spiral Knights.
Steam's trading card system, designed to provide further incentives to buy titles on the platform beyond deep discounts and convenience, launched into beta in May this year and had its first major trial during the Steam Summer sale.
The Steam Holiday Sale will be running with new deals each day through to January 2.