Just Cause 2 Uses Steamworks DRM

By Chris Faylor, Mar 01, 2010 3:30pm PST Joining the ranks of Supreme Commander 2 PC and Aliens vs. Predator PC, Avalanche's Just Cause 2 PC will be using Valve's Steamworks DRM.

"Just Cause 2 uses Steamworks all the way," Square Enix London Studios community manager revealed to Shacknews commentor acare84 through the magic of Twitter.

Steamworks integration means that developers can use Valve's digital distribution platform Steam for such features as matchmaking, automatic game updates, downloadable content, plus server-side save and setting storage.

However, said integration also means that Steam must be installed for the game to be played, which has caused rival digital distribution outlets to not sell such titles.

The explosion-filled action game grapples its way to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come March 23, with a demo offering 35 square miles of game world on March 4.

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  • I will not buy this game because it uses Steamworks.

    Here is what's wrong with Steam:
    * No way to play on LAN with people who don't own it. As a frequent host of small LAN parties, the ability for 12 people to play a game that only 8 people own is vital. Generally Steam-only games go unplayed because not everyone has them, and as a result I'm no longer buying them. (Being able to install "spawn" LAN-only copies, like Starcraft, would solve this -- but nobody does that anymore.)
    * Getting a new game is slow, and if their servers are too busy you can't make any progress.
    * It is very frustrating to try and launch a game, only to be stopped by a mandatory update (which is also slow). It's much nicer to be able to download an updater from the web and install at my convenience.
    * For LAN party setup, nobody wants to wait while the game downloads individually on each PC. You can share cache files from the SteamApps folder, but it's a messy process (especially with Source-engine games that share a ton of cache files).
    * Every Steam game has to go in SteamApps, and thus be on the same partition. This isn't a problem for me, but for many people it is.
    * Steam's offline mode is spotty; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
    * Steam is somewhat bloated and slow, but it has to be running while you play. This is less of an issue now than it was on older hardware, but still worth considering.

    Here's what I like about Direct2Drive:
    * You get the installer from a fast HTTP download and can reuse it.
    * The activation only happens once (or never, on some DRM-free titles). After that, you can play offline freely.
    * Cracks for disc-based copies generally work, which means you can play the game at LAN parties where not everyone owns it.
    * Install the game to any drive you'd like.
    * No background processes are running while you play.

    Impulse is good too:
    * You do have to download the game through Impulse, but patches are optional and never prevent you from playing.
    * No cracks are needed, since you don't have to activate the game after it is installed. (Zip and send the folder for LAN parties.)
    * Install the game to any drive you'd like.
    * No background processes are running while you play.

    I just bought Just Cause 1 on Direct2Drive, and it's a fun game. Too bad I won't play the sequel.