Capcom gets Steamed up

The Osaka-based company becomes the first Japanese publisher to use Valve's digital distribution network.

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Capcom has decided it's full Steam ahead in the PC game market, and in a bid to expand its market share and user base has signed up to Valve Software's digital distribution service. Capcom is the first major Japanese publisher to use Steam. It joins a growing list of third-party publishers, including Eidos and Activision, using the network, which has over 13 million subscribers.

The first Capcom title to be available on Steam will be Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition, which will arrive later this week. It will be followed by Onimusha 3: Demon Siege "in the next few weeks," then Lost Planet: Extreme Condition on June 26, and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. The company also promised that more titles will be available on Steam but did not go into specifics.

Capcom executive vice president, Mark Beaumont, commented, "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."

Discussion

79 comments
shiftysim
shiftysim

What ever happened to that Dead Rising rumor, that EGM put out there, that Capcom was going to update it and add online coop?

gametester1424
gametester1424

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD!!! Say it with me now...."Nabo -cha -say!"

JamesL007
JamesL007

I may install Steam, I love Capcom and its great they are moving in on the PC market. PEace

Mr_Unko
Mr_Unko

awesome!! great move for capcom. i should reinstall steam!!! haha. its like xbox live for PC lol

KingKoop
KingKoop

Good move from the No.1 developer. ;)

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

awesome the more games on steam the less reason to go down to the store, especily here in nz when steam games cost about half what it costs at the shop

The_PC_Gamer
The_PC_Gamer

I prefer the usual way of getting games, but its nice to know you have them at your fingertips if necessary.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Great move Capcom! Good to see Capcom expanding it's horizons!

Maxer9
Maxer9

PUZZLE FIGHTER AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

vroenis
vroenis

Why is it that whenever an article of this nature comes to light, that a great number of readers take on the irrational belief that from now on **all games by Capcom will be distributed via Steam and we'll never see another box again!** For goodness sake, it's an expansion of their distribution service for products targeted to a specific market. Capcom aren't abandoning anyone simply by exploring alternative methods of distribution. Sometimes I really do wish the lot of you would grow up.

sciss0rz
sciss0rz

I've got 50+ games on Steam, and 80ish boxes on my shelf (and a ton more in the basement). I'm happy with both forms of buying games.

DrCLos
DrCLos

Capcom is a smart company and knows it can make more money by making their games available to other types of gamers. Smart business decision by Capcom.

mattxavier
mattxavier

Nothing like stacking those boxes and appreciating your collection.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Wow, since Capcom lost all their talent, they're relying on re-releasing all their old stuff. Anyhow, someone had to do it first. I think there's a market for re-releasing old games that has been left untapped.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Some people just don't understand the collector's value of the box.

GoldenSurfer
GoldenSurfer

comthitnuong wrote : I've never really liked Steam. I always prefer the box. Yeah I to always prefer the box copy over the digital form.

V-Nine
V-Nine

????????? @ trigun123: I understand but I kinda like having the real article to do with as I almost please. I ve personally never lost a disc but I sure as heck scratched em' so I guess good point ,except when said company decides to discontinue service. The bane of any game that has to be supported through some company owned server. Not to mention your own pc sometimes crashing. Its going to suck for some one sooner or later. I don't think there's anything the matter with having a space hogging uber collection of games I will probaly never play again anyway :).

Lord_Alan
Lord_Alan

"I dont understand why people would want hard copies of their games instead of steam, its dumb, steam stores all your content so you can redownload it anytime from any computer, ive done it with all my steam baught games before, sure its longer than installing them, but if you lose your discs then youre screwed...." Wow! My browser spell checker is going berserk. Hard copies of games can be traded in, sold or lent to friends, they don't disappear if you forget a password, they are easier to reinstall... I don't understand why you don't want hard copies. I've bought a couple of games off Steam before (Darwinia and Uplink) but I'd still rather have a hard copy for collecting purposes.

RRiLLA
RRiLLA

trigun some times people have internet problems... or they dont have internet at all... then we would see an issue

trigun123
trigun123

I dont understand why people would want hard copies of their games instead of steam, its dumb, steam stores all your content so you can redownload it anytime from any computer, ive done it with all my steam baught games before, sure its longer than installing them, but if you lose your discs then youre screwed....

RRiLLA
RRiLLA

andrew d28 they collect your computer specs at your approval... capcom sees what games are downloaded most and feel like it would be smart to go with steam as a download service for the pc... i was waiting for it to happen, because everybody could see it coming

Jebril
Jebril

Buying all these games since I never got to own a PS2 they just better be 20 bucks and less, because that's how much they are on the PS2.

fetuse
fetuse

No clutter, wasteful packaging, damn I love Steam. I could not imagine Street Fighter coming to Steam, but holy hell would that be sweet. Too bad a keyboard is a terrible controller. ;)

Andrew_D28
Andrew_D28

Well just what is collected by Steam other than what you download, what your PC specs are and how often you play?

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

Really the only games I would use Steam for are the old games... I like having the CD/DVD on hand... If steam would get some good classic games that i don't already own then I would be happy to use steam more.. other then to play HL2 and friends...

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

lol super puzzle fighter to pc sounds like weird idea

KnightsofRound
KnightsofRound

I like owning a physical copy of my games more than only digital, but Steam is an extremely easy, and convient way of buying and playing games on the PC.

MangyForestCat
MangyForestCat

Steam sucks... buncha spyware information collecting asses....

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I've never really liked Steam. I always prefer the box.

VenDaler
VenDaler

Capcom has stepped up to the 360 and seems to be doing well on it. Why didn't more Japanese developers do the same? Maybe Capcom is headed in the right direction. A year or so ago, I don't know. People wanted them to release Monster Hunter 2 here, but they didn't. Maybe they were just really tight budget or time wise, but seems like it might have been more successful than some of the other things they released.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

Maybe if people saw just a fraction of the information Valve collects, they'd reconsider putting Steam on their PC.

jealentus
jealentus

Since they're doing Steam they should put all the Street Fighters up with online play. That would be soooooo friggen awesome..

hobotech64
hobotech64

I really have to say that Steam is a great service. Buying games is very simple and you can just as easily delete them without worry of losing them. As an outspoken MP3-sharing Rom downloading pirate, I say people who get banned for cheating deserve it.

thef8lfox
thef8lfox

it's not Steam that sucks, it's Capcom's PC ports that suck...Valve needs to enforce quality control over these damn crap ports that Capcom is just trying to make a quick buck off of.

mushi799
mushi799

Steam is great, i love the fact that i don't have to carry any more cds, meaning no more stupid cd-keys to input. Too bad you can't load other games from other companies -_-. Universal IM + server listing, doesn't get any better. It has a nice interface that's easy to use, well it could be complicated for an illiterate first grader.

mrklorox
mrklorox

@Redsyrup Huh? Changing an email address via steam is extremely simple. I've JUST done so twice since reading your comment, just to test your implications.They are false.

RiseFM
RiseFM

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ShinAkuma777
ShinAkuma777

maybe after that they could do something people care about you know like make sf4

mrklorox
mrklorox

LOL! Oh the comments! Hilarity! Seriously, Steam is a great service. Those that have problems with it are mostly people who either do not have worthwhile broadband internet or are software pirates that cannot get around Steam. HOW could a service that offers me any game I've purchased through it on ANY PC that has the Steam client installed be a bad idea? It's not like it's spyware.

deth420
deth420

steam SUCKS! ill never get another game off it again!

hobotech64
hobotech64

Go Valve! Street Fighter on Steam would simply rock.

football_legend
football_legend

Only Lost Planet is worth buying form there, all the rest are old.

Werner73
Werner73

RESIDENTEVILTWO "Isn't PC gaming dead?" How can you say that?? Shock-shock-horror-horror!

makemeweak
makemeweak

Good move by Capcom. It's nice to see a Japanese company working with an American company.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@ Magical_Guy, I couldn't agree more. Try changing email addresses for your account under steam, too bad it's the best availble online game distro.

StolenVex
StolenVex

with a 360 controller hooked up I think I may be playing all of those on PC soon! -SV

Magical_Guy
Magical_Guy

Steam is garbage. It can be a pain in the ass at times.