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Fallout: New Vegas PC Using Steamworks DRM

by Chris Faylor, Jun 08, 2010 3:11pm PDT

The PC edition of Fallout: New Vegas will use Steamworks for its digital rights management, publisher Bethesda has confirmed, meaning that the RPG will require players to have Valve's digital distribution client and platform Steam installed.

"Fallout: New Vegas will fully utilize the Steamworks SDK," senior producer (and former Shacknews staffer) Jason Bergman revealed in a fan interview, explaining:

Fallout: New Vegas uses Steamworks for achievements and other features (such as friends lists, cloud storage of user preferences and so on). Use of Steam will be mandatory at retail. So what does that mean? We've implemented Steamworks in as light and unobtrusive a way as possible. Yes, you will have to install Steam when you install Fallout: New Vegas if you don;t already have it. And yes, you will have to be online at the time of that initial install. However you can install the game on as many systems as you want (with no restrictions!), and you do not have to be online to play the game after your initial activation. Not only that, but once the game has activated on Steam, you can throw out the game DVD entirely and just download the game over Steam. If you don't even have a DVD drive, you can just take the CD-Key from the box, enter it into Steam, and download it without ever using the disc at all.

For those concerned, this will have no affect on mod development whatsoever. Modders will still be able to create and distribute their plugins the same way they have in the past.

We made the decision to use Steam after looking at all the various options out there and decided that it provided the best, least intrusive experience for PC gamers. We think you'll agree.

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment--a studio founded by veterans of original Fallout maker Black Isle--Fallout: New Vegas is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall.

Thanks to Shacknews reader acare84 for the heads up.





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  • Can't say that I agree with this. I don't mind Steam and all as a service, but I'd rather have nothing at all. Forcing a logged-in backend UI like X-Box Live is really something for the console crowd, and nothing that should be included in a PC title. PC gaming is an open market, and the first and foremost thing on the PC user's mind should be choice. I already have a system similar to Steam that I like that's not Steam, and I would rather not have to log into it while I'm playing games. The fact that the PC market is moving into a more proprietary direction to cater to convenience "read: laziness" is frustrating to people like me who favor control and choice over having completely useless gamer achievements and cute little avatars.