Valve's Steam service continues to grow and gain publisher support with Square-Enix bringing The Last Remnant (X-Play Review: 2/5) to the digital distribution platform on April 9, 2009. Update: Square Enix games will only be available to Steam users in North America and Europe.
Square-Enix has been making a push to grow its presence in Western markets (as is Capcom) and this will make the PC versions of its game available to millions of users.
"We are excited to offer the millions of Steam customers online access to Square Enix titles beginning with our major action RPG, The Last Remnant," said John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Inc. and Square Enix Ltd. "Square Enix is committed to delivering the best quality titles to PC gamers and distribution on Steam is one of the many steps we are taking to increase accessibility for fans in North America and PAL territories."
This won't be the only title coming to Steam. Hopefully, Square will release (fixed) PC ports of its Final Fantasy games, but that isn't likely.
"Square Enix is a fantastic addition to the Steam lineup," said Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve. "We are thrilled that Square Enix chose to bring its diverse portfolio of titles to Steam and know that our customers will be ecstatic to hear this news."
Also, a lot of you seem to think that Steam is a "virus" or "malware" and I'm here to tell you that you're missing out on an amazing service. Digital distribution may scare you, but I love being able to install games on any computer with an Internet connection. I love not having to track down disks or worry about CD-keys. Steam rocks. Recognize.