Lara Croft PC Using Steam for DRM

Crystal Dynamics' downloadable isometric action game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will utilize digital distribution platform Steam for digital rights management on PC--meaning that the game will require the Steam client to be installed in the US.

"We've gone down the road of implementing Steam DRM where we've committed to the US being an exclusive and we're going to make a decision as to whether or not we'll use different distribution channels," brand manager Karl Stewart told CVG.

Stewart explained "the biggest fear we have is that people are going to be inquisitive and are going to [illegally] download it" because "Tomb Raider has traditionally been a single player game" and the spin-off packs online co-op. "We have the risk of people saying, 'I never really wanted to play the online mode, I just want to play as a single player.'"

Downloadable PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light are also in the works, with all three versions due out sometime this summer.

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    May 20, 2010 10:27 AM

    Sounds like a great idea to me! I don't intend on buying this game but this sort of DRM is fair. Steam is a great platform. I hope that more companies decide to take this route.