Shortly after my hunt for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines in the shops (I like to have legitimate versions of games where possible), and having purchased a copy and started playing (I chose to go with the Malkavian clan, in case anyone cares), I now see that it’s been brought out on Steam, Valve’s content delivery service. In a way I’m not too bothered… it would only have saved me tuppence or so over buying it in the shops (after tax), and it’s nice to have the CD’s and manual at my disposal. However there are a couple potential issues I have with this release. Firstly, will the Steam release include all of the hard work done by the community? The last “official” patch for V:TMB brought it up to version 1.2, but the community has worked hard to recently release patch 3.6 (!!), fixing a large number of issues with the game. Hopefully the community will continue with this work, as it’s very much appreciated.
Secondly, and more importantly from my viewpoint is that V:TMB uses the Source engine, a’la Half-Life 2. With the game now being available on Steam, will it be modified to use the latest version of the Source engine, which should fix additional problems and also run better? And if it is… will this new-engine update be available to us people who bought the CD version? We can only hope.