Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
February 17, 2019
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Cult PC Title  Darwinia  Gets Steam Distribution

Cult PC Title Darwinia Gets Steam Distribution

November 16, 2005 | By Nich Maragos

November 16, 2005 | By Nich Maragos
    Post A Comment
More: Indie

The latest game to sign up for Steam, Valve's proprietary digital delivery service for the PC, is Introversion Software's Darwinia. The cult strategy action title, produced by Introversion's small UK-based development team and an entrant in this year's Independent Games Festival, will be download-exclusive to Steam when it debuts on the service on December 14.

As a result, Introversion will remove links to its own digital-purchase option for Darwinia, as well as temporarily disabling the downloadable demo at Valve's request. Those wishing to purchase the game directly from Introversion will still be able to get a boxed copy containing both Windows and Linux versions for 19.99 UK pounds ($34.35 USD). In the meantime, those who pre-order the game on Steam starting at the beginning of December will receive a 10% discount on the $19.99 purchase price, along with a special making-of video.

This move is the latest in Steam's recent expansion into non-Valve-developed product distribution via its content delivery system - titles either being sold or to be sold via Steam include Rag Doll Kung Fu, Narbacular Drop, They Hunger: Lost Souls, Pirates Of The Burning Sea, and SiN Episodes. Other similar efforts include EA's similar move into digital downloading, albeit solely for its own games, and the extensive digital game content available for free and pay-download on Microsoft's Xbox 360.

"In today’s market, it’s incredibly difficult for an independent developer to secure worldwide distribution for a new property, let alone for one that attempts to blend genres and offer a wide variety of gameplay styles,” said Vicky Arundel, head of marketing at Introversion. “Through Steam, however, we are able to offer Darwinia to millions of gamers and early adopters the world over."

Related Jobs

Monomi Park
Monomi Park — San Mateo, California, United States

Senior Game Designer
Curriculum Associates
Curriculum Associates — San Francisco, California, United States

Senior Software Engineer - Learning Games (Unity)
Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics — Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

Software Engineer
Deep Silver Volition
Deep Silver Volition — Champaign, Illinois, United States

Effects (VFX) Artist

Loading Comments

loader image