Bohemia Interactive’s ArmA 3 is coming exclusively to Valve’s Steam game platform, according to a post on Destructoid. The news comes by way of Bohemia’s blog, on which project lead Joris-Jan van ‘t Land explains why ArmA 3 is embracing that platform alone:
“Steam is the leading digital distribution platform for PC games. We have sold our games through Steam for a while now, and Valve has been a good partner. There may be other platforms that handle certain things in a way we or you would prefer, but they simply do not have the reach, support and status Steam does. Recent upgrades to Steamworks have made it an even more interesting option for us as developer and publisher. These include Delta-patching and more direct administration of our games without a middle-man. Had it not been for that, we would have been much more hesitant to make the decision.”
Going with just a Steam release will also make the job of finishing development on ArmA 3 that much easier, as the developer recounts problems Bohemia had in coping with the many different versions of ArmA 2. Add to that the many reasons that so many gamers and developers go with Steam—its stability and huge user-base, among others—and it’s the best choice for the new game’s launch.
Chances are if you’re reading this, it’s not really a big deal, because most if not all of our readers are big fans of Steam. In fact, I have yet to ever hear one person complain about Steam as a platform…a rarity in the world of video games. And while they’d certainly have the chance to make more money by hitting other platforms, focusing on the most popular one is probably a pretty wise move on the part of Bohemia.