Nexon, the developer of such free-to-play games such as the MMO Vindictus, Dungeon Fighter Online, and Combat Arms, will be seeing the above mentioned titles be made available on Valve’s Steam distribution service. Of them, Vindictus is already available now, and the other two titles expected to drop later this month. If players opt to access and play the game through Steam, all in-game purchases can be made with their Steam Wallet rather than paying a subscription fee.
Nexon America CEO Daniel Kim recently expressed the advantatges of having Nexon’s titles on Steam:
“Providing our games on Steam is about making it as easy as possible for players to access our games… Valve has been a great global partner to Nexon for many years, and this agreement continues the marriage of Nexon’s immersive content with Valve’s strong distribution channel and large player community. With Valve’s introduction of a free-to-play channel, there are now even more opportunities for our two companies to work together.”
Analysis: I find it ironic that Nexon would partner up with Valve and the Steam service. Steam does what they can to make their products available all over the world, which is a practice that Nexon hasn’t exactly followed themselves with excessive use of region locking. An example of this is how Vindictus is unavailable entirely Australia, something that having the free-to-play title on Steam doesn’t change.
A few years ago, I dabbled with Combat Arms. Outside of the crazy amount of hackers and a clear pay-to-win mentality, I still enjoyed myself enough to play a few games before never touching it again. I have nothing against the game, but I’d much rather play something with a bit more polish, a smaller amount of hackers, and something I paid for, frankly. Nevertheless, I haven’t touched Steam’s free-to-play channel, so it might be about time I at least checked it out. Steam is certainly building a formidable selection of free-to-play titles, and the addition of Nexon’s is certainly a smart decision. And if this can lead to Nexon improving their security and customer service sectors, I’m even more in favor of this move.