Capcom Hits Valve, Unleashes Steam

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."