Good news for gamers and in particular those interested in the next Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare is that the game will be using Steamworks, but this also means that users will require an active Steam account in order to play the game and this will apply to copies bought over the counter too. Currently the game can be pre-ordered on Steam, but there is still a long way to go until the official November launch date.
According to the Valve Press Release;
August 29, 2011 – Valve today confirmed that the year’s most anticipated game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC), will use the Steamworks suite of services. Pre-purchase reservations are now available via Steam, a leading platform for PC and Mac games with over 30 million accounts around the world.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is slated for worldwide release on November 8 at retailers across the globe and via Steam. Those who pre-purchase the game will be able to start playing immediately upon its release on Steam. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is being developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games.
The PC version of the product will be powered with Steamworks for both the digital and tangible versions of the game and, as with all Steamworks titles, offline play will also be supported along with Auto-Updating, Achievements, and more. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will also support dedicated servers on day 1.
Steamworks is a complete suite of publishing and development tools — ranging from product key authentication to social networking services — offered free of charge to publishers and developers. For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com.