I must say it’s been a nice week for Steam related news compared to other weeks. The weekend sale might not have been as sweet as we’ve gotten used to but we have got some great titles like Burnout Paradise, The Maw, and an expansion pack for World in Conflict.
In even bigger news (for me at least) is the announcement of in-game DLC support, starting with The Maw and it’s pair of downloadable levels (on-sale for just $1.25 each). Here’s the official statement:
“March 16, 2009 — Valve, creators of best-selling entertainment products and advanced technologies, today announced the arrival of in-game downloadable content to Steam, their massively popular PC gaming platform. In-game DLC allows developers and publishers to use their own games as a platform for selling additional content to gamers.
The first game to take advantage of this new in-game DLC capability is The Maw, by Twisted Pixel Games. Their first DLC releases are levels entitled The Maw: Brute Force and The Maw: River Redirect. Each DLC level expands The Maw storyline by fitting in-between the original levels as “deleted scenes.”
Twisted Pixel CEO, Michael Wilford, says “We’re happy that we can now offer Steam customers significant expansions to the Maw story, delivering more Maw directly to gamers while they’re still playing the game.”
DLC can now be added to any game on Steam, regardless of whether it was originally purchased via Steam, at retail, or via other digital outlets. It is also a feature of Steamworks, the suite of free tools and services available to game developers and publishers.”
This sounds like a sign of more to come. Obviously Valve wouldn’t implement an entirely new system designed around DLC unless there was large demand for it. A few other examples jump to mind like the Mirror’s Edge Pure Time Trials Map Pack that was withheld from Steam users for some odd reason. The upcoming Tomb Raider: Underworld and Prince of Persia DLC also would make a lot of sense as well. I can only hope that major publishers sit up and take notice of this development so that we may see even more games and DLC made available for Steam.
In addition, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures has become available for pre-order over Steam. As posted before, the deal is you save 25% and get 2 free games if you pre-order before March 24th. I have to say that this deal sounds as delicious as a hearty serving of crackers and cheese…