Some companies are finally starting to catch on: if you want to combat piracy, make the game more convenient to paying customers. That's exactly what Kalypso and BitComposer are doing with Jagged Alliance: Back in Action. The upcoming PC title is a remake of the classic Jagged Alliance 2 from 1997, only this time it's in 3D and has all the amenities of a current-gen game, not only that but it's also making use of Valve's integrated Steamworks.

As stated in the press release...
As part of the Steamworks integration, when players buy Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on DVD, they can use the code supplied with the packaging to activate the game online via Steam, which unlocks the ability to play the game without having the DVD loaded on the PC at all times. The Steamworks integration will also provide for automatic game updating/patching, voice chat and Steam achievements.

This news coincides nicely with's assessment of the piracy issue, where the managing director, Guillaume Rambourg, lambasted companies for punishing consumers with intrusive or annoying DRM protocols. Instead of fighting against consumers with DRM, Rambourg's suggestion was to compete with piracy as if it were a competitive rival. I'm glad Kalypso is taking on that mentality, offering Steamworks incentives to paying consumers in an attempt to thwart the inclination to pirate the game. Of course, there will always be pirates for every game out there but some measures to curb the piracy is better than just slapping SecureRom DRM on the game.

If you've been a fan of Jagged Alliance and want to play the new game, or if you've never tried out this absolute classic, be sure to pay a visit to the Official Website to learn more or look for it to hit store shelves and digital e-tailers this upcoming February

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