Modern Warfare 3 to Use SteamworksBy Kyle Mann | August 29, 2011 | News | 3 comments | Share
The upcoming entry to the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise will use Steamworks, Valve confirmed today. The game has already been set for a November 8 release date later this year, but now purchasers on Steam can look forward to the game’s taking advantage of all Steam has to offer. Games with Steamworks have access to lots of different Steam APIs, including achievements, cloud save, and social networking features.
What does this mean for you, future MW3 player and noobtuber extraordinaire? It means you’ll get the satisfying unlock sound on Steam when you hit certain goals. It also means you’ll get to use Steam’s friending and matchmaking features in game, rather than having to start a friends list from scratch. Modern Warfare 3 is already set to include dedicated server support upon release, so for those of you into this sort of thing, good news, I suppose? Does this sort of thing matter to any of you? I know I like the added value Steam provides, but it’s certainly not a turn-off if a game doesn’t have it.
Of course, the Steamworks backend includes lots of features for developers and publishers, including DRM and anti-cheat technology, so it ought to make things a fair bit easier on Activision and Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward. Good for them.