equk wrote:It adds another requirement to those who have windows and want to buy the game, download and play. As they will be FORCED to download steam. Something which could work against sales as loads of people don't trust steam or just dislike it for whatever reason.
Perhaps, then, it is possible to state that IV have shot themselves in the foot by offering downloads in the first place? When the game first came out, it was only available in a green box unless you were on a Mac. By the time the Mac version came out, you could have had your box shipped to you several times over. If you don't want to deal with Steam, then you must resign yourself to going back to the system that existed only a few short months ago -- buy the game from IV and wait for the box to show up.