Today Epic Games announced that it has teamed up with Valve Software to help integrate Valve’s free Steamworks tools into all Unreal Engine 3 licensees.
This means that in the future games that use the Unreal Engine 3, like Batman: Arkham Asylum and BioShock, will be able to utilize some of the features that make Steam so great. These include auto-updating, social networking, matchmaking and a non intrusive DRM (and we all know how important that is).
Some gamers may be scratching their heads wondering why this is news worthy. Well as Valve co-founder Gabe Newell explained, “Epic’s technology is one of the most widely used engines in the industry and has powered many of the best games created in the past 10 years.” He continued, “It’s an honor to have Steamworks included in the technology offered to all Unreal Engine 3 licensees. It’s hard to think of a larger, better targeted group of developers who could derive more benefit from the Steamworks services.”
As you can probably tell I think this is a great idea. The Unreal Engine 3 is one of the most popular engines used to create games nowadays. By incorporating Valve’s Steamworks, gamers will now be able to have a more convenient, less intrusive gaming experience on the PC. That’s just my opinion though, and I’m just a tad bit in love with Valve. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.