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.