Mafia 2 PC Using Steamworks; Digital Pre-Order Bonus, 'Deluxe Edition' Unveiled

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 21, 2010 11:00am PDT The PC edition of 2K Czech's mobtastic Mafia II will use Steamworks suite, Valve announced today. Publisher 2K Games also announced a PC 'Digital Deluxe Edition' and that digital distribution sites will offer the original Mafia for free as a pre-order perk.

Steamworks means that the PC edition must run through Valve's Steam digital distribution client but gains "auto-updating, Steam Achievements, statistics, downloadable content, and more." 2K's Civilization V will also use Steamworks.

Priced at $59.99, the Digital Deluxe Edition offers a digital art book, orchestral score and map of the game's setting Empire Bay plus the 'Made Man' downloadable content--also found in the retail Collector's Edition--containing two new "luxury" cars and suits.

  • Made Man Pack: Free access to in-game downloadable pack that lets you get behind the wheel of two different luxury automobiles. In addition, Vito will look the part with two new "made man" suits, including a vintage tux.
  • Digital Art Book: Players get to know Empire Bay with a photo album-style Digital Art Book that takes fans through the artistic design process of the game.
  • Orchestral Soundtrack: Immerse yourself in a symphonic masterpiece with the Mafia II score recorded by the Prague FILMHarmonic Orchestra.
  • Digital Map of Empire Bay: Get familiar with the neighborhoods and own the streets with the Digital Map depicting the 10 square miles of Empire Bay and all the hangout spots.

Regular and Digital Deluxe Editions of Mafia II can be pre-ordered digitally from Steam and Direct2Drive, with granting instant access to your free copy of Mafia. The mob sequel is due to arrive for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 24.

In 2009 Direct2Drive declined to sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 due to its use of Steamworks, claiming that it was a "Trojan Horse" for Valve's own sales platform. This policy was recently reversed, general manager Julie Uhrman told Big Download, as customers "weren't concerned whether a game came with a third-party client or not."

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