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More on BF3 and Steam

A note on Develop has further indications that Battlefield 3 will not be released through Steam, as speculation mounts that DICE's military shooter sequel will not appear on Valve's download service. They quote a comment from a report from financial research firm Baird based on a meeting with GameStop: "The upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam," Baird says GameStop executives told them. "Given Steam's dominance and insistence on users downloading a Steam client application publishers are likely to be receptive to a competitive alternative." Thanks Computer and Video Games.

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92. Re: More on BF3 and Steam Jul 18, 2011, 15:40 Alamar
 
Creston wrote on Jul 18, 2011, 14:56:
necrosis wrote on Jul 18, 2011, 14:27:
(-) Mod compatibility not always ensured
Again. Issues with the GAME not the service.
(-) Delayed patches (sometimes massively)
Again. Issues with the GAME not the service.

Actually, those two ARE Steam's fault. Steam sometimes encrypts the .exe which is why most Mods that try to alter the exe (such as the script extenders for Oblivion/Fallout) don't work, and the delay of patches is 100% Steam's fault, because they get given the patch and then have to integrate it into their system.

It's a lot better nowadays, but a few years ago it'd take weeks for the patches to show up because Steam had exactly ONE guy who knew how to do it...

Creston

Interesting spin...

Mod support being broken by steam (or other 'retailers') is still the fault of the developer... Using your example, perhaps modding shouldn't require changes to the exe? : ) Now, if we're talking unsupported mods, I would blame the mod authors ; )

As for patches, I haven't seen any significant delays, but if the developer got the patch to steam earlier, so they could put it in their system, and on 'launch day' flip a switch, that makes sense to me : ) I will admit my ignorance (rare on this site hehe), and say that I don't know who is at fault NOW (2 years ago doesn't matter).

-Alamar
 
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