Take-Two sent over a press release announcing a partnership between 2K Games and Valve, whose Steam platform will power the PC version of Mafia 2
's online multiplayer and bestow upon those who pre-order a free copy of the original Mafia
game -- available to download and play immediately prior to the sequel's August 24
launch date. Don't use Steam? No matter – the deal is good through "select digital retailers" including Steam and applies to both the standard and collector's edition
, so you've got some say in the matter. Talk about an offer you can't refuse!
Steamworks will help our friend Mafia 2
through its unique feature set, including auto-updates, Steam Achievements, and all of the other data provided by the latest version of Steam