Space Voyager, on 24th October 2011, 8:54am, said:
So, the developers stated that Steam is only obligatory for installing and patching the game. Not for playing. I guess I can live with that, though one has to wonder why choose Steam at all in this case.
I don't know for sure, but my speculation is that it's a very simple consequence of the drive to only have one distributed version.
From one Mecron post, I extract that they tried to work a way to distribute through various different channels without having any variation between them. And couldn't get it to fly. So to have only one version, they'd have to go through only one distributor.
And, since they intend to make money, that one has got to be Steam. Steam
isn't likely to go for selling a game that you have to download through someone else. And they're by far the most important digital storefront, so when it comes down to it you'll give every other distributor a problem (which they already tolerate with some titles anyway) rather than drop Steam.