I am a big fan of the “Total War” series and the 4 march 2009 the newest addition to the family was published, Empire: Total War. The quickest and easiest way for me to obtain the game would be by buying and downloading the game directly from within steam, but for some strange reason the prices are much higher than the retail price including DVD’s, booklets and such.
50 EUR – Download from steam.
35 EUR – DVD’s and booklets from danish web shop including shipping.
I do not really care for the future of steam but it saddens me to see their potential being wasted like this. I would love to get rid of the silly DVD’s and have the game on the day it was released but since the price for this option is so high I do not mind the delivery and the sound of my noise DVD-drive.
Logically the steam price should be lower since they have close to zero distribution costs beside server running costs, doesn’t have to print DVD’s, booklets or compete with a retailer for a cut of the profit.