Valve and game publisher and developer Eidos (Tomb Raider
) have jointly announced a new agreement to release “dozens of new and best-selling PC titles” via Valve's Steam digital download service.
In a statement released today announcing the agreement, the companies revealed plans to release “complete franchise sets” of series such as Tomb Raider
over Steam. In addition, Eidos also plans to launch upcoming releases, such as Tomb Raider: Anniversary
and Championship Manager 2007
over Steam as well.
Starting today, Steam users can access several titles from Eidos' Hitman
franchise, as well as Battlestations: Midway, Just Cause
, and the entire Commandos
series. Eidos plans to announce additional titles in the pipeline in the coming weeks.
“Eidos is delighted to add Steam to our extensive digital distribution network. Steam represents an opportunity to distribute our games electronically to millions of gamers around the world,” said Tom Marx, senior business development manager: new media at Eidos.
He added: “It also provides us a direct connection to these extremely active PC influencers who frequent Steam as a source for new content and information. As a result of being a spotlight feature on Steam this year, we expect to see sales of Tomb Raider: Anniversary
benefit across all channels.”