Epic Steamed

Celebrated developer releasing five installments in its Unreal franchise--including Unreal Tournament III--on Valve's download service.

After beginning as a distribution of games made by its owner, Valve Software, the Steam download service has blossomed into a full-fledged content delivery system for a variety of publishers. The past year has seen such high-profile companies as Sega, Atari, Capcom, Codemasters, 2K Games, id Software, Eidos Interactive, and Rockstar Games distribute games from past and present catalogs on the service, which claims over 15 million subscribers.

Today, another celebrated developer announced it would be hawking its wares via Steam. Starting today, five installments in Epic Games' popular Unreal series--Unreal Gold, Unreal 2: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition, Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor's Choice Edition, and Unreal Tournament 3--will all be available on the service. The games can be bought separately for prices ranging from $8.95 to $44.95, or together via the single Unreal Deal Pack for $59.95.

From now until March 24, all Epic Games' offerings are temporarily 10 percent off on Steam. Unfortunately, the North Carolina-based studio's award-winning shooter Gears of War, which was released on PC last year, is not currently available on the download service.

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ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I just drank a Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale, and damn, was that good.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

more games on steam = less reason to go to the shop, keep the games coming to steam

zymn1
zymn1

yo. i'm thinking about getting UT. only thing i could afford... and, if anyone wants to know, my Steam ID: zymn65

Bowser05
Bowser05

Sounds great. I'll never buy anything on Steam of I can help it, due to me wanting a physical product in front of me, but having so many options on Steam is absolutely awesome for most others.

Agujereado
Agujereado

Yeah Banshee, there is a back-up option somewhere in Steam, I believe it lets you copy to CD/DVD/etc. Never actually used it myself though.

ghost867
ghost867

I hope Steam starts to release individual sales numbers for each game, otherwise it doesn't help the PC look any better in the sales department. What ever reason they can possibly have doesn't justify the damage they're doing do the image of PC gaming by not releasing their sales numbers. And no crap Gears isn't on Steam. It's a Games for Windows title, it works with Games for Windows Live, and I'm pretty sure that Microsoft owns the Gears IP, just like they own the IP to Halo and PGR. Anyway, the whole thing is good for Epic, but I'd really like them to put out some sales numbers so I have a little hope that UE3 will be supported for the PC and PS3 versions. I'm a bit concerned.

cybergooch
cybergooch

Flackstone, Microsoft does not own the IP. It simply has an EXCLUSIVE on two titles, presumably GeoW and GeoW 2. Epic may then farm the title out to whomever they choose. You sir, are completely wrong. Duh.

Banshee
Banshee

got a question because i've never really used steam to download anything but patches- are the downloadable games able to be burned to a cd or dvd? I'd hate to sit thru re-downloading after having to re-format

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

This is good, although I still prefer to buy the retail box version of the game, mainly because I feel it's worth my money more, since I get a booklet (which I do not read), a pretty box (which I let it eating dust) and some more little promotions for other games. What would change my ming in all this is if the ISP's in Puerto Rico weren't so crappy and limited in DL and UL Speeds. Top speeds here are 5mb download (In some areas) and costs 80$ a month. :'(

BloodMist
BloodMist

It's pretty amazing how successful STEAM has become.I could've never imagined it.Oh BTW UT2004 rules.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

well this sounds like a win win for everyone. plus epic doesn't have to worry about steam piracy.

BringTheBlood
BringTheBlood

I love how everyone is hooking up with Steam, screw buying crap, JUST DOWNLOAD IT! I give props to you Steam, way to stay true. keep it going.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

Epic sold out after UT2004... So I will never buy another one of their games.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

It's unfortunate that they couldn't price these games to compete with the Unreal Anthology pack you can buy at retail for $19.99. Call me crazy, but shouldn't a download cost less than a physical copy? *edit* Actually, Amazon is selling this set for $14.99, and it includes Unreal, UT, Unreal 2 and UT2004. That's $30 less than what they're charging for all these games on Steam.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

Awesome news, still no games on steam that interest me(I'm a console jockey) but any alternative to pirating games is always good. I'd love to see simular services for the ds and psp.

RogueAngel12
RogueAngel12

Owned the game's since release.. Great games... I'm one of these ppl that don't care what company bought,sold or changed what; long as they produce a good game.. UT2003 of 2003 was a great First-shooter produced by Epic & Legend..... Just made the way for the Great first-shooters today.... Just wanna say: THANK YOU ROGUE

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

the legal way of downloading games for the past 10 years and going strong. Way to go steam. hopefully this won't stop devs from releasing games in boxes but this alternative will at least entice those pirates to get of their boats and join the good side

crazytom49
crazytom49

@Dkarlowicz I don't think so really, I bought GMod from steam recently for $9.95, and the relative weakness off the dollar in comparison to the pound meant that it was dirt cheap for me in britain. We're used to most new next-gen releases costing £50, or $100, so at american prices its good value imo I just checked, and UT3 is $45 (£22.50) on there, which is far better than any shop prices here

Paz2
Paz2

Steam = death to my credit card :/ I just finished purchasing the Atari ones.. now this!!! when will it end?!? :P

Dkarlowicz
Dkarlowicz

Not a big fan of Steam or other network stores. Steam and other online networks charge way more for older games, than if you were to get some of the golden oldies in regular stores. And I thought that they would pass on the savings of not having to produce instructions,boxes,game discs to the gamer. That is not the case, if anything, I have seen them get greedy and ask for more money. Look how Nintendo charges almost $10 for their old games, games that they made millions on already. Future of gaming looks more and more to be an expensive hobby with online services like Steam. Say goodbye to bargain bins/deals at your local store, those won't be available online, thats for sure.

TMontana1004
TMontana1004

Too bad anyone with common knowledge could get those for free...

flackstone
flackstone

cybergooch you are completley wrong microsoft owns the IP on gears of war that means it was developed with microsoft so it owns the gears of war franchise duh

alexandregiroux
alexandregiroux

Yay!!! :) I had hoped for that to happen. Now I'll treat myself to some nice gaming time of Unreal Tournament 3! Awesome news!

Mystearical
Mystearical

So when and where can I get the "Unreal Deal Pack for $59.95"???

PorkNBeans
PorkNBeans

GreggD: Yes, it also gave me gingivitis & the plague. lol

rudyroundhead
rudyroundhead

Maybe some more people will actually play UTIII now.

kingrich06
kingrich06

FOr some reason I prefer the boxes

GreggD
GreggD

PorkNBeans: Wait, you got plaque on your teeth from playing Gears?

Rowr14
Rowr14

i guess someone finally pointed them to a solution. maybe they can stop whining about the state of pc gaming now.

PorkNBeans
PorkNBeans

I will never buy anything released under the Epic umbrella based on the horrendous support they gave Gears of War for the PC, they have yet to fix the stuttering issues that plaque that game.

Holden1985
Holden1985

Yes steam games can be played offline.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Gears probably won't come to steam, since it has Live integration. Lost Planet is getting cross platform though, so I wonder...

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

Gears of War will not be on steam because of the publishing deal with Microsoft.

Irve
Irve

digital distribution .... still don't trust it ... only buy things that way when i have to ( Sam & Max ) otherwise physical format for me everytime !!

roryk666
roryk666

stream is awesome, valve is more awesome

crackman64
crackman64

This should disprove their thoughts about PC gaming. People just buy online. Also, my only real criticism of Steam is that when your internet connection is down, Steam can't open offline without going online first, and they aren't willing to change this (i emailed them). This is only a rare occurance, but an annoying oversight anyway.

markharris31
markharris31

I'm going to be really ignorant for a moment, so bear with me. I once bought a game off of Steam... but I couldn't open and play the game unless I was connected to Steam through the internet. I had the game on a laptop and I would have preferred to play it wherever and whenever I wanted, even if I wasn't hooked in to the ol' interwebs. This was years ago, though, so can someone confirm/deny that they've changed this? If I buy a game through Steam, can I play the darn thing even if I'm out on the beach, or on my boat, or in the car, etc. etc.?

Grantelicious
Grantelicious

cybergooch Microsoft is the Publisher of GeOW so that stops it from going to Steam. Wouldn't suprise me if they own rights to the GeOW franchise now and that's why we wont see it on a PS3....

AFWorm
AFWorm

Poor Midway... Poor Epic... Poor Unreal...

garrjo
garrjo

Live Service for gaming - is contractialy obligatory for Epic for a timeframe. usually for a duration of said number of years. This means that GOW will become eventually available on Steam however, it will not be available any time soon. Also I enjoy Unreal however, not so much into the Tournament series though the engine and gameplay are nice. The failure of the product for me has been - there are to many users already l33t'd up for me. Can't get into a game without getting smacktarded back to the beginning couple hundred times. I'd prefer the game to have a matchmaking service that grouped (new) accts with each other or relatively skilled people together so that the game could be adopted to. I know that there are those out that in game with me on quake2 or similarly fps titles have said the same thing of me... Anyways, on the topic: I love steam and have been using it since it came out...the more the better I say... I agree on the starcraft thing damnit, give me SC on steam...can't find the damned thing anywheres...What good is a broodwar cd without the original! damn them ...heh

Mesagoji
Mesagoji

It'd be nice to see the original Unreal Tournament again. This was the game which took up way too much of my time, the sort of game where going to school was just just so you could get a break from gaming. Definitely recommended!

jivemaster
jivemaster

UT3 is a fantastic game. I find it difficult to understand why some people have shunned it. The engine is so flexible that it even runs on my old 1.8ghz system. Fantastic stuff, and good to see its going to get more exposure now on steam. I would not call steam a worldwide service though. Yes it is available worldwide, but all games are not available in all regions, which blows. That needs to be sorted out. There are technically no boundries for sensorship and licensing when receiving titles over the internet. Its no different to importing.

TheJGene
TheJGene

@uberjannie: With Steam you get to download and re-download the content again and again. Onto any computer, anywhere. Think of it as a CD that will never scratch and you will never forget to take with you. Steam definitely has its benefits over hard copy versions of games. The more games on Steam the better IMO. At least the communities created out of gaming on Steam don't have to pay for access to a gaming network that is thriving and fun to be part of. Steam>Game For Windows anyday.

Brotto
Brotto

The reason I support Steam is because it's a worldwide service.

a0me
a0me

All skus of GOW are published by Microsoft Game Studios which is reason enough for Epic's shooter not going the Steam way (at least not for a while).

vest816
vest816

What really jazzes me is the fact that the original 1999-era Unreal Tournament is going to be re-released. I'm having a really difficult time finding it in bargain bins, and all my friends' versions are either scratched up or I owe them money, so it's no good borrowing it. Finally being able to download the classic gem is really making me pumped. With computer nowadays, I'm expecting nothing less than a four-digit FPS and crazy prepubescent kids overseas whose lighting fast reflexes will take full advantage of it. Also, Majidok, to answer your inquiry, Steam's driving force is its exclusivity rights. There are downloadable games only available on Steam. This is the console equivalent to there only being games availalbe for XBox Live Arcade and Sony Online Store. Valve is making a king's ransom every day with the amount of content they're able to sell over it and leech the royalties from. It's a win-win for both developers and Valve. Kind of a friendly nudge towards those who bought Half-Life 2 that motions them towards other titles they can purchase, allowing smaller, independent companies (like the guys who made Darwinia) to effectively leech off the wild success of Half-Life, Team Fortress, and Counter-Strike franchises.

majidok
majidok

What's so special about steam ? Can someone fill me in ? A little direct2drive + XFire and Gamespy arcade ? Or is there anything more or special about it ? I read the whole wikipedia page but didn't see anything special .

Petri87
Petri87

@Viral-venom13 - won't break much ground? Dude, It already broake it back when UT 2003 and 2004 came out. They were the biggest multi player games for their respective years.

mrklorox
mrklorox

wtf @ people giving negative ratings to people wanting a linux port of UT3

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Great deal, unfortunately i still don't think that the UT franchises will break much ground here!