Modern Warfare 3 will use the Steamworks suite of service. Both the digital and physical copies of the game will use Steamworks, providing the game with “auto-updating, achievements, and more”. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will also support dedicated servers on day 1.”
The Steamworks suite includes a massive variety of tools and features. It has not been disclosed how closely Modern Warfare 3 will use the suite. Other possible features include matchmaking, Steam Cloud support, and integrated Steam Community features.
This announcement marks a move forward for the PC version of Call of Duty. Modern Warfare 2 featured Steamworks as well, using Valve’s VAC system for their anti-cheating software (instead of Punkbuster) and featured Steam Cloud integration. This announcement also comes following the spat between Valve and EA over Battlefield 3, and other future EA titles, coming to Steam.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is available for pre-order on Steam for $59.99. Modern Warfare 3 will release worldwide on November 8th. Users who pre-order from Steam will have instant access to the game when it releases.
CALL OF DUTY®: MODERN WARFARE® 3 ON STEAM AND USING STEAMWORKS
The Year’s Most Anticipated Title Prepares for PC Launch
August 29, 2011 – Valve today confirmed that the year’s most anticipated game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC), will use the Steamworks suite of services. Pre-purchase reservations are now available via Steam, a leading platform for PC and Mac games with over 30 million accounts around the world.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is slated for worldwide release on November 8 at retailers across the globe and via Steam. Those who pre-purchase the game will be able to start playing immediately upon its release on Steam. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is being developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games.
The PC version of the product will be powered with Steamworks for both the digital and tangible versions of the game and, as with all Steamworks titles, offline play will also be supported along with Auto-Updating, Achievements, and more. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will also support dedicated servers on day 1.
Steamworks is a complete suite of publishing and development tools — ranging from product key authentication to social networking services — offered free of charge to publishers and developers. For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com.