Capcom Hits Valve, Unleashes Steam

By Chris Faylor, Jun 12, 2007 12:12am PDT Japanese developer and publisher Capcom has announced it will begin selling its titles through Valve's PC digital distribution platform Steam. Today's announcement marks the latest of Capcom's efforts to support the PC, which include upcoming ports of the former Xbox 360 exclusive Lost Planet: Extreme Condition as well as Devil May Cry 4. The company's embrace of Steam marks the first time a Japanese publisher has embraced the digital distribution service.

Capcom's Steam offerings will begin later this week with the release of Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, which originally appeared on PlayStation 2 and was only recently released on the PC. A PC version of Onimusha 3, which also appeared on PlayStation 2, will arrive in the following weeks, with Lost Planet: Extreme Condition arriving on Steam the same day it hits retail, June 26. Backbone Entertainment's previously announced update of Capcom's classic competitive puzzler Super Puzzle Fighter II--dubbed Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and slated to hit PS3, Xbox 360 and PC--will follow later this year.

No mention was made of the recently released PC version of Resident Evil 4, nor of Big Rooster's upcoming Capcom-published adaptation of Games Workshop's board game Talisman, which is in development for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

"With the PC market becoming a larger part of our business, we're naturally focusing our attention on digital distribution," said Capcom executive vice president Mark Beaumont. "Steam is the right place for us to go with our titles. Valve has created a huge installed base of gamers who naturally fit with the profiles of the titles that Capcom develops."

"Capcom is a worldwide leader in development and publishing of action adventure titles," explained Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell. "This initial set of Capcom titles coming to Steam, as well as those coming at a later date, are a perfect fit for the millions of action gaming fans connecting to Steam each week."

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  • Now that Steam offers PayPal as a payment choice my issues with them being unable to authorize my UK credit card are gone.

    Last week I was ill and wanted a PC game to play, browsed through Steam and noticed Tomb Raider: Anniversary was out. I checked out the demo (through Steam), confirmed it was good and ran okay on my PC, then bought the game and was playing it a couple of hours later and I had something to do for the rest of the week without having to drag my ill ass out of the house. Fucking great! I think I am finally converted.

    I still wish they'd make the UI a standard Win32 app but oh well, I guess that's as likely as Windows Media Player doing the same, and it all works well enough. (Oh, and it launches IE when I click things when IE isn't my default browser, but I can live with that, too. Just nitpicking now; all my major complaints about Steam seem to have been solved over the years and it's now a useful service that I'm happy to use.)