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Capcom Hits Valve, Unleashes Steam

The Japansese publisher will begin selling games through Steam, including Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition and Lost Planet: Extreme Condition.

Japanese developer and publisher Capcom has announced it will begin selling its titles through Valve's PC digital distribution platform Steam. Today's announcement marks the latest of Capcom's efforts to support the PC, which include upcoming ports of the former Xbox 360 exclusive Lost Planet: Extreme Condition as well as Devil May Cry 4. The company's embrace of Steam marks the first time a Japanese publisher has embraced the digital distribution service.

Capcom's Steam offerings will begin later this week with the release of Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, which originally appeared on PlayStation 2 and was only recently released on the PC. A PC version of Onimusha 3, which also appeared on PlayStation 2, will arrive in the following weeks, with Lost Planet: Extreme Condition arriving on Steam the same day it hits retail, June 26. Backbone Entertainment's previously announced update of Capcom's classic competitive puzzler Super Puzzle Fighter II--dubbed Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and slated to hit PS3, Xbox 360 and PC--will follow later this year.

No mention was made of the recently released PC version of Resident Evil 4, nor of Big Rooster's upcoming Capcom-published adaptation of Games Workshop's board game Talisman, which is in development for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

"With the PC market becoming a larger part of our business, we're naturally focusing our attention on digital distribution," said Capcom executive vice president Mark Beaumont. "Steam is the right place for us to go with our titles. Valve has created a huge installed base of gamers who naturally fit with the profiles of the titles that Capcom develops."

"Capcom is a worldwide leader in development and publishing of action adventure titles," explained Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell. "This initial set of Capcom titles coming to Steam, as well as those coming at a later date, are a perfect fit for the millions of action gaming fans connecting to Steam each week."

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    June 12, 2007 12:39 AM

    I actually think this is where I'll buy SFII HD. It may sound like sacrilege, but I actually prefer a keyboard for fighting games. Blame my OMF2097 heritage, I guess.

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      June 12, 2007 12:46 AM

      Momma raised you right.

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        June 12, 2007 7:07 AM

        Indeed. I have the OMF theme in my head now, thank you so much.

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      June 12, 2007 12:47 AM

      It's not SFII HD, it's Super Puzzle Fighter...

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        June 12, 2007 12:48 AM

        Oh... you are correct. I got lost in the name :/

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      June 12, 2007 12:52 AM

      I'll be getting both the Steam and 360 versions. This is on top of the PS1 and GBA copies I already own.

      I am such a consumer whore when it comes to that game.

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        June 12, 2007 12:54 AM

        Same here. I used to own an old PC CD-ROM version back in the day, but it was lost to an exgirlfriend time.

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      June 12, 2007 6:52 AM

      What key setup do you use? I tried using a keyboard with a fighting game back with Super Street Fighter II, but ultimately wound up using a gamepad, which ultimately convinced me to just play fighters on a console. Of course, that was mostly due to the fact that I've never found a PC gamepad I like as much as the SNES or N64 (still a fantastic d-pad, which I used for MK4) controllers.

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      June 12, 2007 10:21 AM

      what was the freeware/shareware game that was a direct knock off of sf2? it had the sprites/screenshots of the game and the animation was pretty shoddy. this was around OMF's time.

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