Papers Please, Venetica, and Edge of Space were greenlit by Steam today, and will be available for purchase on the service in the near future. Venetica, an action game, is already available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows, and was released in North America on January 18, 2011, and in Europe on September 4, 2009. Edge of Space is an exploration and sandbox game with some similarities to Terraria. Papers Please is a title in which you play as a border checkpoint officer in an Eastern European country, and have to decide who can be let through, and who should be rejected or detained. You can find the beta of Papers Please here. Venetica will be on Windows, and Papers Please and Edge of Space will be available on Windows and Macintosh.
Steam also greenlit Substance Designer 3, a piece of software designed to help make textures for 3D objects. Steam recently added productivity software in addition to games.
Going forward, Valve has said that rather than greenlight 10-20 games at a time on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, they will likely opt to greenlight smaller batches of games on a more frequent basis.
Of these three, which are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment below and tell us. For me, it’s gotta be Papers Please, which I have played through several times just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Who knew bureaucratic processes could be so fun? I’m also wondering why Venetica, a game that has been at retail for years, had to come through Steam Greenlight. There are other games with… lower metascores, that were published the traditional way on the Steam platform. Edge of Space is the only game that isn’t available at the moment, but it sounds like a more action-oriented Terraria, which is probably enough for some people to decide to give it a try.