BioShock gets Steam-y

2K Boston's dynamic shooter available for prepurchase on Valve's downloadable game service.

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Earlier this week, reports set Internet message boards ablaze with news that 2K Boston's heavily anticipated underwater escapade BioShock was readily available at retail outlet Toys "R" Us, a full week before the game's anticipated ship date. Those reports proved to be true for only a scant few lucky gamers, however, as Toys "R" Us' speculated defiance of Take-Two's imposed street date turned out to be nothing more than a minor gaffe on the part of misinformed retail clerks.

For those still stinging with disappointment on not getting a jump on BioShock, Valve today announced a slight recompense for their suffering. PC gamers looking to delve into BioShock's depths as soon as humanly possibly can now prepurchase the game through Valve's downloadable game service Steam, and begin playing as soon as the game is made available.

More than a few third-party publishers have signed on to Valve's distribution service in the past year, including Eidos, Capcom, and most recently, id Software. Take-Two's own agreement with Valve stems back to October of last year.

As with the retail version of BioShock, the digitally distributed version available on Steam costs $49.95 and will be available August 21 in the US and August 24 in Europe. It is rated M for mature. Check out GameSpot's extensive coverage for more on the game.

Discussion

124 comments
Beeker1
Beeker1

Its I steam game no, games that use steam cant work, Valve really didn't make steam very like look at lost Planet for Vista it use steam and its useless and y is no one saying any thing about it

samiur666
samiur666

Will they make it for the PS3 ever?

gah468
gah468

PC demo where yoouuu?!?!

Adrik
Adrik

$49.95 is a rip off!!! they should at least discount the cost of making the DVD, box and booklet... Aaargh this greedy people...

marijuana_man2
marijuana_man2

It's awesome and all, but where's the authenticity? If I buy a new game, I want the box, the cd, and the instruction manual that tells me that "I just bought one of the greatest games of 2007-08!" ... but that's my opinion.

adam160
adam160

pff pff for the 360 im gettin it for the pc u just kno this game will PWN!!!!!!

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I'll be getting the 360 version to Bioshock. Sad to say I threw in the towel for PC gaming it's gotten way too expensive for me.

Anomonder
Anomonder

Uberjannie, it makes sense that it's full price for the digital download. First, you are getting the exact same thing, minus an instruction booklet and physical discs. Second, those discs can be lost, and then you're screwed if you ever have to redownload it again. On Steam, no matter what, as long as you have your account password, you'll never lose the game. I think Steam's ingenious.

Ahp12
Ahp12

Steam will take over the gaming industry if you ask me imo.

ocdog45
ocdog45

is it that serious people

uberjannie
uberjannie

they are takin full price for the digitally distributed steam version? WTF? This is insane! Who would want to pay the same price on steam, when you can get the fcking box for the same price? WoW players that are too lazy to get up from their chairs? hah, owned!

gagan21
gagan21

my pc cant handle this beast , so i ll be getting it on 360

ef8ryder
ef8ryder

umm i was one of the lucky guys with bioshock for 360!....its very cool but i felt bad cause i asked about it and the guy said he didnt have it in,afew mins later after i was just messing around looking at games he comes up to me and kinda tells me i have one copy of bioshock u want it?...BAME! i jumped on that and left hahahah!....then my coworker called toys r us and asked to talk to the guy that sold it to me,and he said that thay got an email from corporate that they are not sopposed to sell bioshock before release date lol!...i have 6 achivements!...and am trying to git as much as possable before release date!!!....and dont hate...i jux got lucky !.....

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

I played the demo...It surpased all my expectations. While it was a little linear it didn't bother me because it's just a demo and 2k was just trying to show the gamer what we can expect from this game. Believe me....it's gonna be so worth the money! Anybody who's played the demo can vouche for that as well.

Mono
Mono

demollyon: "No hard copy = no buy" So use Steam to burn a copy onto a DVD-R. There's your hardcopy.

KentTalbert
KentTalbert

Ummm...yeah? Only if you buy it on steam will it run on steam, unless the game is a valve developed game.

jorgepimp321
jorgepimp321

so if I get the game in stores, I cant get it to run with steam?

sancezz
sancezz

:D. Steam is good...just a shame my PC is rubbish in comparison to my 360. Already pre-ordered BioShock anyway, off Play.com. free limited edition faceplate!!! mwhahah.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

When you buy this game on Steam, you own it, it'll stay on Steam forever, if you decide to format then you can just easily log-in to Steam, download the game (it'll take you awhile since it's 5.5 gigs) and install it once again.

KentTalbert
KentTalbert

NeoSpriggan, it's your fault for buying games in random places across the globe. Steam is fantastic. And for all of you that complain about downloading it...for the sake of God if you purchase it in a store you still have to wait ages for the game to install. With steam, there is no install, just a download, which takes up less system resources i might add. And with a pre-download it will take only a moment after the game is at last available for me to play the game, while you retailers will be waiting for the installation to finish.

NeoSpriggan
NeoSpriggan

Yes, this is excellent news for those who have a pc good enough to play the game. I dont, so its 360 for me. And i dont like Steam at all. I bought Half-Life 2 game of the year edition in Australia to play here. Installed it, tried to activate it, wouldnt connect to steam , no matter how many times i tried it. Turns out, Steam games that are sold worldwide will only work in their regions, which is complete and utter bull**** since almost every other normal pc game will work regardless. I know, i have a Thai copy of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. Manual and box are unreadable, but the game plays in perfect english

Armadax
Armadax

"- The retail version will also require you to 'validate' your install of the game. Without Internet connection, you'll not be playing this game." You need a internet connection to download it off steam so it doesn't make a difference! Exactly! However, some earlier comments mentioned that they did not wanted to be on-line. Purchasing it from Steam is not a disadvantage in that respect.

salamancecool
salamancecool

I'll wait till the 24'th and get it on my 360.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Although Steam is good for pre-purchasing, I still always prefer to own a physical copy of the game, CD, box, manual and all. Being able to open a box and look at the CD and think "this is my copy" is something you don't get with a download.

Expo_Smacko
Expo_Smacko

Only a few more days and Bioshock hits the shelf! :-D

thunkin1
thunkin1

"- The retail version will also require you to 'validate' your install of the game. Without Internet connection, you'll not be playing this game." You need a internet connection to download it off steam so it doesn't make a difference!

Armadax
Armadax

I have a few more comments on why Steam would be the obvious choice: - The retail version will also require you to 'validate' your install of the game. Without Internet connection, you'll not be playing this game. - 2K already commented that the retail copies that will _not_ be included in Steam. The authorisation process is a different one. This means that it will not be possible to just enter you're retail key number and download it, or add it to your Steam account. - Not only because of the exclusion of manuals, box, physical media, but also inherent to the Steam system, is that the developer receives more revenue from the sale. And I hope you agree with me that they deserve it in this case! Add to this the: - available anywhere - no CD/DVDs needed while running the game - auto-patch - back-up possibilities of Steam and this should be a no-brainer I also find it not so out of the ordinary that the price is the same as in the brick and mortar stores, you do not want to undermine the normal stores in their sales, as you may need them in the future. Also, you are entitled to download the game again and again, without restriction. The data traffic which accompanies that also comes at a cost. I regularly have a game that I like to show when I am over at my parents house to whoever visits there, just open up Steam and let it download. Ideal!

---n00b_kid---
---n00b_kid---

why buy the game on steam without the box, manual, disc ?? what if you wanted to exchange the game after you completed ? you cant do that with the game only being on the HDD.

Glordit
Glordit

WOOT WOOT!! Now if I cant get it It will A L W A Y S be on steam! WOOT WOOT!

Digniax
Digniax

Best news I've heard in a while, this alone determines what platform I get the game on.

DeltoidRecon
DeltoidRecon

According to Wikipedia the PC demo should be available August 17 aka TODAY!

YInYangUXG
YInYangUXG

I played the full version of this game for the 360 today, so fantastic.

zbiggie
zbiggie

well if you think about now thats it is on steam, instead of having to pay for the box, manual, and dvd for the game the have to pay valve for the use of steam, but once the game does get a little bit older i would hope it would be cheaper on steam since you dont have something on hand

guynamedbilly
guynamedbilly

The reason it matches retail price is because the publisher doesn't want to undersell the distributor because if they did, then the distributor would stop carrying their product. And digital downloading just isn't popular enough yet to be our only source for media. Add to that the loss of advertising from actually having a box with pretty picture in the store that people can browse through. It'll be a little while before digital download is even capable of being the primary means of distribution.

VengfulOne
VengfulOne

How bout they give us pc gamers a friggin demo to download first. That would be nice. I'm confident this game is going to rock our asses off but I'd like to know for sure.

nappan
nappan

I'm getting this for the 360, but I can see that this is great news for valve and gaming. A huge title like this on Steam is key for PC gaming distribution. Huzzah!

RussianYulia17
RussianYulia17

very good news! but i already pre-ordered the xbox 360 collectors edition from ebgames.com. oh well, lets see how this game turns out and i might get the steam version next year. Steam IS Evolving!

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I think we can all agree this is good news.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

The digital distribution is nice, but I don't want it to be stuck on my hard drive. :(

Agreb91
Agreb91

Man I really want this game for the Xbox 360!

Henyo2k_basic
Henyo2k_basic

Is the figurine some kind of voodoo doll or something, because I am obsessed with getting my hands on it. I will cradle it for it is my precious..or whatever is clever to you. Can't wait to see if the bars around big daddy's head are full defined and detached from his surrounding head unlike all the other DIE CASTS! ARRRGGHHH!!! Stupid last metal shaving... just wont clear without chipping... border..*chip*... NOOOOOOOOOOO! I swear, I pretty much paid the whole $60 just for 1 cent metal, and 2 cents for die casting, unless you count artistic talent and 100 hour work weeks as being worth any money. This thread was a joke, but not the figure, don't touch my figure or I will **** you up

NightRain
NightRain

Nice but I want this on my 360.

blackace
blackace

I didn't even pre-order the game, but I'll get it when it's released at Fry's Electronics. I'll download the demo this weekend and give it a try.

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

I am morally opposed to ever buying a PC game online

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Wewt I'm soo glad steam took off. Now I have a 3 digit steamy and its HUGELY successful .... CS1.6 all the way baby, your what made this program what it is today. :P

Mediocre_man90
Mediocre_man90

Actually, selling games on Steam for the same price as retail might be a really good thing. The price of games has remained at $50 for a while, despite inflation. Games cost more money to make, but the developers aren't making any more money to keep up. Removing the price of packaging, printing manuals, burning discs, shipping to retailers around the world, etc. all while keeping games the same price as they have been for the past decade is a good way to increase revenue. I'd love to pay less for games, but I'd prefer for developers to make more games worth my $50