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Dead Rising 4 Is Now Available On Steam

Dead Rising 4 was one of the last major video game releases of 2016 and today, three months after its initial release, the game is now available on Steam.

The game's original release was December 6, and like most recent Xbox One games, it was also made available that day for Windows 10 PCs. Now, you can grab it for a more universal platform.

For our review of Dead Rising 4 (the Xbox One version) head here.

 

Our Take
I know Jeff Cork liked this game a lot, and it got swept up in the end-of-year sprint to play as many of the year's games as possible. Hopefully it will get some more play now.

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Dead Rising 4 Is Now Available On Steam

Dead Rising 4 was one of the last major video game releases of 2016 and today, three months after its initial release, the game is now available on Steam.

The game's original release was December 6, and like most recent Xbox One games, it was also made available that day for Windows 10 PCs. Now, you can grab it for a more universal platform.

For our review of Dead Rising 4 (the Xbox One version) head here.

 

Our Take
I know Jeff Cork liked this game a lot, and it got swept up in the end-of-year sprint to play as many of the year's games as possible. Hopefully it will get some more play now.

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Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Is Free On Steam This Weekend

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's online multiplayer component will be free to play on Steam. From now until Sunday, February 26 at 1:00 pm PST, PC players will have free access to Call of Duty's vast multiplayer suite.

There is no level cap, so hardcore players will theoretically be able to prestige if they can muster the resolve and dedication to go the distance. If you feel you need more time, then don't worry; all Steam versions of this latest Call of Duty are discounted until March 2. The base game is currently going for 50 percent off ($ 29.99), while the Digital Deluxe Edition, which contains the Season Pass and Modern Warfare Remastered, is discounted by 25 percent ($ 74.99).

While it was still a strong performer for publisher Activision, Infinite Warfare did not meet sales expectations, leading to a retooling of the series for future installments, which promise a return to "traditional combat."

Check out GI's review of the sci-fi shooter here.

[Source: Activision]

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Capcom Announces Steam Release Date For Dead Rising 4

Released in December of last year, the PC version of Dead Rising 4 was originally a timed exclusive for the Windows 10 Store. Now that Microsoft's 90-day exclusivity period is nearly up, the zombie beat-'em-up will soon be available on Steam.

Starting today, Steam users can pre-order Dead Rising 4 before its release on March 14th. The game's announcement trailer promises more of the bloody, over-the-top action and tongue-in-cheek humor that fans of the series have come to expect. Check out the trailer below for the official announcement (PC players should note Frank's take on "robust monitor support").

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Check out our review of Dead Rising 4 for a closer look at Frank's shenanigans.

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Capcom Announces Steam Release Date For Dead Rising 4

Released in December of last year, the PC version of Dead Rising 4 was originally a timed exclusive for the Windows 10 Store. Now that Microsoft's 90-day exclusivity period is nearly up, the zombie beat-'em-up will soon be available on Steam.

Starting today, Steam users can pre-order Dead Rising 4 before its release on March 14th. The game's announcement trailer promises more of the bloody, over-the-top action and tongue-in-cheek humor that fans of the series have come to expect. Check out the trailer below for the official announcement (PC players should note Frank's take on "robust monitor support").

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Check out our review of Dead Rising 4 for a closer look at Frank's shenanigans.

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Raw Fury aims to set up fund that helps devs pay Steam Direct fees

If the price of Valve’s upcoming fee-based Steam submission system is up in the ~$ 1k range, indie publisher Raw Fury is thinking about establishing a dedicated fund for non-partner devs to use. …


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Steam Direct Set To Replace Steam Greenlight

Valve announced today via the Steam Blog that Steam's current Greenlight program will be ending this year, and will be replaced by a new initiative called Steam Direct. After Launching in 2012, Steam Greenlight served as a more streamlined approach for publishers looking to sell their games on the Steam marketplace, as opposed to the heavily curated method previously employed by Steam. 

Details on Steam Direct are scarce, though the Steam Blog does detail some of the communications they've done with publishers regarding submission fees in the new program. 

The next step in these improvements is to establish a new direct sign-up
system for developers to put their games on Steam. This new path, which
we’re calling “Steam Direct,” is targeted for Spring 2017 and will
replace Steam Greenlight. We will ask new developers to complete a set
of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax
documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once
set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee f or each new
title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise
in the submission pipeline.


While we have invested heavily in our
content pipeline and personalized store, we’re still debating the
publishing fee for Steam Direct. We talked to several developers and
studios about an appropriate fee, and they gave us a range of responses
from as low as $ 100 to as high as $ 5,000. There are pros and cons at
either end of the spectrum, so we’d like to gather more feedback before
settling on a number. 

Steam Direct doesn't have a specific date yet, but is set to arrive Spring 2017. 

[Source: Steam Blog]

 

Our Take
There's no way yet to predict how this will affect the publisher side of things, but this could very well be a quality control measure to help prevent good games from being buried by shovelware that seems to have infested the Steam marketplace in the last few years. 

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Devs react to Valve’s planned fee-based Steam submission system

It would be an understatement to say that Valve’s announcement of plans to replace Steam Greenlight with a fee-based game submission system sparked some passionate responses from game developers. …


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Valve to replace Steam Greenlight with a fee-based game submission system

Heads up, devs: Less than five years after launching the service, Valve has decided to close down Steam’s Greenlight platform and replace it with ‘Steam Direct’, a fee-based game submission system. …


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