Not sure what the fuzz about Steam is. I really love them and would wish for more indie devolopers to work with them, because I rather enjoy paying up to twice the original price just because I happen to live in the wrong part of the world.
i hope you are aware that the rest of the world isn't in the same situation as you Australians. the Russians love Steam because of regional pricing. Europeans tolerate it. so don't act like eveyone's in the same boat, OK? and AFAIK you Aussies have had to deal with ridiculous game pricing for years if not decades, not just in digital distribution.
Also, they have that really neat offline mode that lets me play the games I paid big money for about one out of five times on my offline gaming rig.
you must be doing something terribly wrong. offline mode works for me every time. and it's not like it's difficult to set up, either.
And now without all the sarcasm: Reading that even the GOG version of this game may come with a Steam code is exactly the reason I won't pre-order. Once it's released and people can tell me wether or not I will actually have to use Steam to play it, I'll probably get it - based on the answer, of course.
WTF are you on about?!? the GOG edition certainly doesn't come with a Steam key. if you pre-order directly from the developers you get both a Steam key and a DRM-free installer. you get what i'm saying? the Steam key is optional. O-P-T-I-O-N-A-L.
people in this forum seem to be unusually oblivious to the meaning of optional and choice...
Primarily that, yes. Together with convenience, automatic updates and the overlay -- those are the most often cited reason for preferring Steam.
there's more to it than that:
- DLC: if the upcoming DLC (which has been hinted at by the devs) is Paid DLC, it may be Steam-exclusive. this has been done with the Men of War series, for example. it would also explain why the devs give away a Steam key with each purchase...
- unlimited downloads: not only can you re-download your games on Steam as often as you have to, you can do so anywhere in the world, from any computer. Steam is the market leader in digital distribution, so in the event of a crash in digital distribution, Steam would be the last one to go down, if at all. hence having your games on Steam is one of the safest options, short of backing up all your DRM-free installers, but a HDD can fail.