Atari Steams it up

Publisher announces it is to start piping titles through Valve's digital-distribution service.

Many industry heavyweights have made at least part of their catalogues available on Steam, including 2K Games, Activision, Eidos, id Software, Majesco, Rockstar, Sega, and THQ. Now, one more has joined their ranks.

Atari today announced that North American gamers will soon be able to log on to Steam and download the following titles: Act of War: Direct Action, Act of War: High Treason, ArmA: Combat Operations, Atari 80 Classics in 1, Death to Spies, Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge, Indigo Prophecy, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum, and Tycoon City: New York.

Atari's Steam lineup won't end there, with The Witcher, Neverwinter Nights 2, and its expansion pack, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, being made available to Steam users in the next few weeks. Nizzi Renaud, Atari's vice president of Online Entertainment said, "We look forward to making an extensive collection of games, across many genres, available to Steam's extensive, globally connected community."

While the publisher says its games are available now, Steam's site indicates otherwise with no sight of the aforementioned titles. Meanwhile, Sega's Football Manager 2008 (known as Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 in the states) made its Steam debut on March 11.

Atari UK has yet to confirm if the catalogue will be made available outside the US and Canada.

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dlpak
dlpak

Act of war DA and HT both works on Vista and win7. all you need to do is sharch in atari or google how its work i have played both games in xp, vista, and now i have win7 64bits working 100%

ruitaurus11
ruitaurus11

About act of war, it´s my rts favorite game, but watch out, i don´t think it works on Vista!!! Since i have dual boot, i can play the game, but in vista nop!!! Inform yourselfs about this, and if does in fact work on vista, buy this game you rts fans won´t be sad, but very happy instead!!!

andalore
andalore

Shame, id rather pay for Fahrenheit on Steam than Xbox live and i cant find anywhere that still sells it :( but its 2009 and still no Fahernheit on steam :(

Phraun
Phraun

Yup, Atari is full of sh*t; still no NWN2 on Steam. Of course it's not surprising, considering the appalling support they offered for the game's myriad technical failings.

gijas
gijas

Um, I've yet to see neverwinter nights 2 on steam and it's Jan - 2009? What gives Atari?

zoladex
zoladex

Errrh. I dont dislike steam the same as my HATERED for windows LIVE, A.K.A Con Program. just i think steam games should not require the net to play. Im stuck at boarding school so the net filter block steam so i cant install and play thier games. im guessing quite a few people at home would have the same problem, mainly children with protect parents. The problem has often made me avoid buying steam altogether.

ghost867
ghost867

Might be some smart, yet simple decision making by Phil Harrison, might not be. Regardless, they need to get some better games on the service. Sure, they have Indigo Prophecy, which was a great game. And soon they'll have The Witcher, Neverwinter Nights 2, and NN2: Mask of the Betrayer. But still, not really a great catalog. Hopefully more titles come up with the inevitable US release. Suggestions: Alone in the Dark, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Marc Ecko's Getting Up, Neverwinter Nights, Test Drive, Unreal Tournament, The Witcher, Driver, and RollerCoaster Tycoon.

alsnyder
alsnyder

The Witcher is the best RPG I've ever played (despite the ludicrous sex scenes). Neverwinter Knights - more specifically Atari and SecuRom intentionally placed a null entry onto my system compromising my machine to exploits, and acting like a root kit. You couldn't even find it (invisible folders) let alone get rid of it without 3rd party software.. Last I heard, they hadn't patched it out. A shame - it ruined a good game for me and a lot of other people.

chrissp26
chrissp26

Quote: "chrisda thats great and all but name an atari game thats actually good" Act of war is great (although it doesn't support widescreen grrr) The witcher is pretty good.

Lucifer_Rus
Lucifer_Rus

Such great game. I will buy it as soon as it will be available outside the US

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

now if they don't release them here in nz, there is another publish that will make me mad

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Steam is actually a half decent service, because it allows you to download a game at your own pace without an installation. It works wonders for those playing at work or school. I don't mind losing physical ownership of the game because I know it's embedded in my account. If you say, move houses and lose game-disks, you are screwed

RomisSandthief
RomisSandthief

Don't Like the lack of physical ownership associated with downloading from Steam

Vash67
Vash67

Looks like Phil Harrison is taking his new job seriously.

markevens
markevens

Sweet. I love steam. Those wenches better watch out, I'm about to get my witcher on!

Agreb91
Agreb91

That is cool Atari is jumping on the bandwagon and putting content for sale on Steam.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Thats nice but I am not a big fan of steam

Gribb85
Gribb85

Stage 1: Put Atari's best recent games on Steam Stage 2: ???? Stage 3: Profit Steam is the home of PC Gaming, long may it continue.

chrisda
chrisda

thats great and all but name an atari game thats actually good

nintendog66
nintendog66

w00t! Rollercoaster tycoon FTW!!!!!! :D

foxracing1313
foxracing1313

ill probably buy Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 if it is cheap enough, I always wanted to play that game.

Sandro909
Sandro909

Wow, looks like Phil Harrison really is trying to save Atari. :o

arikela
arikela

Good news, will be even better news when it's not just North America :)

SCPsyWarrior
SCPsyWarrior

Steam is great. I love it. It lets me install and play my games anywhere I want without having to work out where the hell I've lost my DVDs to. No pain-in-the-arse DVD copy protection to contend with either. Steam is, in my opinion the best digital distribution system currently available, and it's a good step towards developer self-publication. If this helps to eliminate the influence of the more 'corrupting' publishers, it can only be A Good Thing. I do wish that I could attach my retail-bought discs to my steam account though, like I did with the original Half-Life series. I know it's technically possible, but I suspect that the original publishers may have disallowed it.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

This is great news. Steam seems to be the platform I wish XBL turned out to be ... free and better ....

NightRain
NightRain

Steam has always been a good service. Still, I don't need any of Atari's games....

MattRorie
MattRorie staff

They should put Temple of Elemental Evil up there as well. I'd buy it again.

ksyme99
ksyme99

Meh, not the UK, who cares?

duxup
duxup

Steam rocks. Most of these publishers are just sitting on their old games maybe I'm sure making them very little. Why not toss them out on Steam?

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

The Witcher on Steam is a good thing.

Slashgibber
Slashgibber

Although I´'d chose retail over online distribution I got to say that I like steam.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

i still like having the cd for later. makes it easier to install it again later. besides, i looked at ataris games. now i've played nostalgic old games, but some of the atari games just aren't worth it.

Paz2
Paz2

I own over 250 STEAM based games, almost the entire library they have. I have only had problems with 3 games out of the 250+ Not a bad ratio. But having those those games listed in my GS account gave me a "bad taste" badge :( Eh well.. I like them anyways. I just can't understand why "steam sux" I frankly love it.. just run out of room on my comp if I install them all.. (500GB just get chewed up like it wasn't even there) I'm thinking about buying a TB drive. Also, I doubt Valve would sell out to Microsoft. ;) I mean look at Id .. they still haven't "sold out".

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Firstly I am in the UK. So maybe no good. Which is one reason not to like this. 2 I have most of the games already, so a reason not to care, but 3, I don;t like this, as every time a publisher goes to STEAM with it's PC titles, I see it as another PC company that is giving up on retail. And without retail (despite what anyone says) PC gaming will only be a shadow of what it is now, and it is already a shadow of what it once was!

niconude
niconude

I liked Steam alot. My account is now 50 gb large and I use it alot! Never had a problem with.

grimdeath
grimdeath

I still just cannot bring myself to purchase a game with digital downloads...i love my small boxes for display purposes! now if they did like Trent Reznor of NIN and offer digital downloads instantly plus send you a boxed copy in the mail...that would rock :D

londonrider
londonrider

I'll buy Indigo Prophecy if they updated controller support :)

Agulf
Agulf

It's good that they increase the amount of available games, but they need to do something about the CDKey stuff. If you own a boxed copy of a game you can't use it with steam. That's what the companies need to focus on. And there's also the thing where you don't buy a game on steam and then not get updates and stuff for it... No good spot to see what games are in your account either. The "not installed" list doesn't list all of them...

Grantelicious
Grantelicious

Looks like you should have put HL and HL2 on different accounts then :\ you can retrieve your cd keys if you contact Valve aslong as you aint VAC banned.

jawshoeuh
jawshoeuh

yea steam does suck but i can appreciate what they're trying to do i guess... hopefully this makes atari some cash. they need to start putting out old classics on xbl and psn. dlc is the cash cow of the future.

chansaet
chansaet

I hate steam. When my brothers playing a Half-Life 2 mod online I can't play any Half-Life 1 mod even though I own both games and their not the same game. With normal games I can play one online and play the other online at the same time. Steam sucks!!

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Heaven knows how much I hate steam as a distribution service. I couldn't transfer a game to another pc to install. And its a pain in the neck downloading it again on the other pc and installing it. Nothing beats buying the dvd and having it. The only thing steam is good for is if u wake up at 2 in the morning and have a sudden hunger for a game and u cant buy it outside immediately....then u can go buy it off steam.