Aliens vs. Predator PC and Napoleon: Total War Incorporate Steamworks, Require Steam

By Chris Faylor, Jan 25, 2010 2:30pm PST All digital and retail copies of Napoleon: Total War and Aliens vs. Predator PC will pack Steamworks integration, publisher SEGA and digital retailer Valve announced today, meaning that both will require players to have installed Valve's Steam platform.

Both games will utilize the Steamworks platform for achievements, matchmaking, leaderboards, stats, and server-side Cloud data storage, explained Valve. Aliens vs. Predator launches February 16, with Napoleon: Total War coming February 23.

SEGA utilized Steamworks with the last Total War entry, Empire, joined by the likes of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But while Valve claims that "Steamworks makes DRM obsolete," other retailers and distributors have described it as a "Trojan Horse," specifically taking issue with its integration into Modern Warfare 2 whilst continuing to sell other Steamworks-enabled games.

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