Crystal Dynamics has confirmed to CVG that the PC version of Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light will use Steam DRM to protect against piracy.Global brand manager Karl Stewart stated that the game will definitely use Steam in the US, although the team is looking at other distribution channels.“We’ve gone down the road of implementing Steam DRM where we’ve committed to the US being an exclusive and we’re going to make a decision as to whether or not we’ll use different distribution channels,” said Stewart. “But I think for now, because it’s online and it’s got leaderboards, Steam offers us the best opportunity to hit a broad audience with that type of game.”Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light is a sharp departure from the Tomb Raider series, taking the iconic lead character and plonking her into what looks to be a more fast-paced isometric puzzle-platform-shooter game – with co-op, no less.”The biggest fear we have is that people are going to be inquisitive and are going to download it,” confided Stewart. “Given that Tomb Raider has traditionally been a single player game we have the risk of people saying ‘I never really wanted to play the online mode, I just want to play as a single player.’ You don’t have to do the leaderboards, you don’t have to go online.”We had to mitigate those risks by doing things like DRM.”Will it work? More importantly, will Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light be any good? We’ll find out on PC, PSN, and Xbox LIVE Arcade this summer. In the meantime, have a look at the first trailer for the game over here and gaze lovingly at the pic of Keeley Hawes we’ve used to illustrate this piece. She’s voicing Lara, you see.

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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