Many gamers are pretty pissed at Infinity Ward and Activision for pulling client-side dedicated server support in Modern Warfare 2, and despite some attempts at damage control by IW, the rage lingers. Oh, but this hasn't fazed the people behind MW2.
Robert Bowling, creative strategist at Infinity Ward, who previously justified this decision as "removing the barrier to entry for players unaware of how to maintain a server on their own," is now announcing Steamworks for Modern Warfare 2 on PC.
Activision notes that Steamworks will provide gamers with "auto updating, anti-cheat technology," along with Steam-based Achievements, and the new Steam Cloud -- saves settings and makes installing on new computers easier, in a nutshell.
Bowling is once again serving as a mouthpiece for Infinity Ward and Activision:
"Steamworks will make it possible for us to have a closer connection to our fans, and enable us to support our community much more than ever before. Steam is the hands down leader in offering a community focused experience on PC and the inclusion of Steamworks has allowed us to deliver the most feature-rich PC version to ever come from Infinity Ward, which at the end of the day will mean the most to our fans."
Establishing that "closer connection" may be easier if they hadn't been repeatedly kicking PC gamers in the face recently. Still, there is little doubt that the game will sell insanely well across all three platforms. For those of you still eagerly awaiting its release, Modern Warfare 2 will be out on November 10 for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.