NCsoft hops aboard Steam train

Korean MMOG purveyor now offering City of Heroes, Guild Wars, and Lineage installments through Valve's online distribution platform.

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It's becoming increasingly difficult to find a publisher that isn't taking advantage of Vavle's digital distribution platform, Steam. Today, NCsoft said that it would lend its plethora of massively multiplayer online games to the Steam storefront. Beginning today, Steam users can now purchase a number of NCsoft's games and expansion packs for its City of Heroes, Guild Wars, and Lineage franchises.

NCsoft titles currently available through Steam include Guild Wars Game of the Year Edition, City of Heroes Architect Edition, Guild Wars Nightfall, Guild Wars Factions, Lineage, Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne, and Guild Wars Trilogy. The South Korean publisher also said that its upcoming angels-and-demons MMOG Aion: The Tower of Eternity will be available through the service when it launches in North America and Europe this fall.

To promote the new additions, Valve and NCsoft are offering a variety of deals on the recently added games in the coming weeks. As for current promotions, Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne is available for $9.99, which is 50 percent below its standard sticker price. Guild Wars: Game of the Year Edition has also been discounted, by 10 percent, for a limited period of time and is available for $26.99.

Discussion

27 comments
Megamanx266
Megamanx266

actually the first 2 "expansions" weren't actually called expansions. I forget what NCsoft called them but Eye of the North was the first "True" expansion to Guild Wars.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I hope they add Eye of the North to Steam as well. It is kind of odd they added the first 2 expansions of GW and the original, but not the latest expansion. I agree that NCsoft does take a lot more risks in the MMO market, which is good because without thinking outside the box you just get more WoW/EQ clones. I am looking forward to Guild Wars 2 and Aion.

XanderZane
XanderZane

That's nice. I already have all those games, but don't even play them anymore. Well, I don't have Lineage 2. That game was crap. City of Heroes was broken again and again, so I abandoned that game as well. The only game even worth playing is Guild Wars.

cekay
cekay

StSk8ter29 said it all. NCSoft is the only highlight to be a real alternative to wow. it's good they take their time for gw 2 since they also learn from mistakes.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

The one thing i've realized about NCsoft over the last five years is they are a very experimental MMO publisher when compared to others that use the monthly fee formula. Auto Assault and Tabula Rasa didn't make it, which is kind of a shame for the people that enjoyed them, but NCsoft has always been very kind with giving out free 30 day subscriptions and beta access to upcoming games when one of their games goes down the drain. I find it interesting that NCsoft experiments with these different types of MMOs because I feel that's where real innovation comes from. It is the same reason why I enjoy cash shop companies like Nexon and Ijji because they're constantly supporting unique ideas like Drift City, Maple Story, Mabinogi, and Huxley. I say keep it coming NCsoft.

quickchord
quickchord

Hopefully this will up the GW population

gameking5000
gameking5000

Good already saw it on now. Woah are they cheap!

paullywog
paullywog

well, i'm not getting any of these, but i'm sure this means GW2 will be on steam, so i'll get that on steam for sure.

RavageGT
RavageGT

City of Heroes and Guild Wars were MMOs I actually had fun playing. This is fantastic news.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

i hope this doesn't count as the weekend deal. that fifa soccer manager deal last weekend was a joke.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I am always happy to see more games come to Steam. I loved playing Guild Wars but never picked up the expansions to it. The soundtrack to the games are amazing I think. I just wish I could convince my friends to play GW with me and kick their WoW habit.

ascalon94
ascalon94

yes now I can actually get Nightfall instead of no stores having it

DenisG
DenisG

No specific release date as of yet on GW 2, as a matter of fact they even pushed it back from late 2009 early 2010 to now 2010-2011. A maximum 3 and a half years in the making, it will be massive at first with a way better graphic's engine. You'll be able to run it on direct x 10 and a 2 gig vid card or even a 256 or 512 mb card, entirely up to the user. I'll be going with direct x 10, 2 gig vid card and 4048 ram. My feeling is it'll be out late 2010 crossing fingers and meanwhile playing other games.

7_armageddon_7
7_armageddon_7

Guild Wars is seriously the best game for MMO PvP while the PvE is actually quite expansive and well-done... all of that at no monthly fee!

Alphamale001
Alphamale001

Guild Wars is great for player who don't want a monthly fee and enjoy the experience(even if a little watered down) of an MMO. This is wonderful news. NCSoft makes pretty good games. I might hop on the last Guild Wars expansion when I get my PC working again.

jazilla
jazilla

that's a fantastic price point for guild wars. great community, excellent PvP. i can't wait for aion too!

nappan
nappan

@Hydrith: 12 hours? Is that so bad? Anyway, Steam consistantly discounts and bundles games, they have great bandwidth for auto-updates, and it's Valve. Let us all support Alve. ALL HAIL THE COMBINE! @_@

Inconnux
Inconnux

Steam is definitely the way to go, I buy all my PC games through steam now.

MidniteShadow
MidniteShadow

Sweet Aion is gonna have more viewers now, keep it up NCsoft

PolskaKing
PolskaKing

huh..Thats pretty cool now. I might just plan on buying the other Guild Wars or NCsoft games there.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

When's Guild Wars 2 releasing?

Hydrith
Hydrith

Personally, I was hoping they might go with Impulse over Steam. Steam has a nasty habit of failing to release games on time. A most excellent example of which was the almost 12 hour delay on FEAR 2 from it's release date. Impulse doesn't have these problems...they run a nice, clean program that isn't invasive.