Reference Thread: Truly Weird Stuff Showing Up in Steam Database (Halo, KOF13, other unlikely stuff)
Steam maintains a database of game content. New games are frequently leaked through this database, as games need to be added before they can be released. Recently we saw Brutal Legend appear.
Here's a tool to look at the Steam database:
Today, some truly messed up stuff is showing up*:
Octodad: Dadliest Catch Beta
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition (Duke Nukem 3D+)
Super House of Dead Ninjas
LucasArts Test App
Fast and Furious 6
Dyad <-- officially announced by developer Feb 4, 2013
Cut the Rope
Shadow Warrior Complete
THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII
Resident Evil: Revelations
THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2002 UNLIMITED MATCH
THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98 ULTIMATE MATCH
Quantum Conundrum 2
Halo: Combat Evolved
Angry Birds Space
Angry Birds Seasons
Normally, you'd be all like "wtf, this is clearly not real", but...
Take Halo 3
The entry links to a Steam Community hub for Halo 3:
You can see it right there, with your own eyes. This is a Steam URL with Halo 3 displaying in it.
1. Valve is adding support for Steam Community hubs for non-Steam games
2. Some or all of this stuff is coming out on Steam. We do know that The Splatters is getting a PC port. We do know that Fez is getting a port to new consoles, and that PC is the most likely console. We have seen a few previously GOG-exclusive titles get Steam releases, so it's possible that Duke 3d and Shadow Warrior might fit that pattern. We do know that Twisted Pixel intended PC versions of Ms. Splosion Man, so Lococycle might not be a stretch. We also know from an MS job posting that they were looking for staffers to evaluate more releases on Steam. We also know that GFWL is basically folded at this point, and that MS has actively worked to make non-GFWL versions of its games available through Steam (see recently the Amazon XBLA PC port pack, all of which activated on Steam).
* Many of the entries predate today, it's just that this particular tool has begun linking the Community Hub data to the database/registry data, and so the information is newly discovered.
"We currently do not have plans to release any 'Halo' titles on Steam," said a Microsoft spokesperson in response to our query.
Really doesn't confirm or deny anything. Currently not having plans, doesn't rule out any kind of release.
MS PR decoding;
"we do not comment on rumour or speculation" = "fuck, how'd they find out?"
"we have nothing to say at this time / we do not currently have any plans" = "were not ready to announce this"
"Microsoft deny rumours / story [x] is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment" = "not true in the slightest"