Dark Messiah officially confirmed
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic might run on the Source engine, and its multiplayer beta might have been managed through Steam, but it is only today that its Steam release has been confirmed. Unlike everything else currently held on the content servers however, Dark Messiah is neither a back-catalogue nor a primarily or purely digitally-distributed title; as such, it is to raise the upper limit of Steam’s single-item packages with the asking price of $50 (£26; the previous holders of the top spot being Dangerous Waters and, ahem, Birth of America).
Despite this record fee the Steam price remains not only lower than the game’s RRP, but also neck and neck with bulk retailers’ offerings both in America and here in England. It’s a reasonable enough decision in my mind: there is little point now in trying to support the struggling independent and specialist retailers, and as a prominent console developer and publisher Ubisoft can afford neither to cut out bulk retailers nor to follow Valve and base their price structure around digital distribution.
There is currently no word on whether the additional weapons available in the Collector’s Edition and Limited Edition retail releases will be making an appearance on Steam, nor how interoperability between the standalone and Steam will be handled—something that may well lead to in-game Steam account creation and management for functions such as VAC.