Steamworks

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Natural Selection 2 uses Steamworks.[1] Steamworks provides services including Steam friends, server browser, matchmaking, cheat protection and automatic updates but requires the use of the Steam application.

Given that Steamworks is OS-dependent, post-release porting to other platforms will mean replacing Steamworks with a new system.[2] However, Valve is making plans to port Steam to other platforms which would likely help this.

The first release on steam was in May 2010[3], But this was not the first pre-alpha-release.

References

  1. http://www.unknownworlds.com/ns2/forums/index.php?showtopic=107104&st=0&p=1721336&#entry1721336
  2. http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=105038&view=findpost&p=1705917
  3. http://www.unknownworlds.com/ns2/news/2010/5/friday_update_first_steam_release