Valve and Codemasters have reached an agreement to release a number of current and new Codemasters videogames over the Steam digital distribution network.
Codemasters' debut Steam title will be Clive Barker's Jericho, available today in North America and on October 26 in the rest of the world. Following that will be the "twisted fantasy action-adventure game" Overlord and the award-winning rally simulator Colin McRae: DiRT.
Future Codemasters titles, including the upcoming Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, will arrive on Steam simultaneously with their regular retail release. Codemasters Director of Business Development Peter Chan said, "With major new content in the portfolio, Codemasters continues to expand its publishing and distribution reach. As the industry's leading online platform for digital delivery of PC entertainment, Steam is a natural addition to the suite of leading platforms Codemasters is targeting with its leading new and recent releases."
"From DiRT to Clive Barker's Jericho, Codemasters' library of PC tiles is one of the most diverse and innovative collections in the industry today," said Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve. "These and future Codemasters releases are a perfect match for the millions of PC gamers connecting to Steam each week to discover the latest games available from publishers and developers around the world."
First unveiled in 2002, Steam has grown to over 13 million users, and currently offers over 200 games from companies including Take-Two, id Software, PopCap, THQ and of course, Valve.