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How early will install files be available?

Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by fromeast2west, Sep 13, 2010.

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  1. fromeast2west

    fromeast2west Warlord

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    For those with some experience with either Steam or D2D, how long before the release are the files usually available for download?

    I've heard they're usually available (but obviously not playable) a few days ahead of time. Does that mean we might be able to start downloading this weekend?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Mercade

    Mercade the Counsellor

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    It might, or it might not. Nothing has been confirmed as to early availablity of the files on Steam.

    For those using D2D, they'd need to have the Steam serial/key before they can register/download and it's not confirmed that D2D will issue those prematurely.
     
  3. Tylerryan79

    Tylerryan79 Emperor

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    Mercade, where are your links to other threads? I get a kick out of seeing you post them! :)
     
  4. MarcusNovius

    MarcusNovius Chieftain

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    Ive only had bad experiences with steam- no early downloads, files not downloading correctly, systems getting overloaded and slowing to a stop, unable to authenticate game disks, no assistance on release date from steam support etc etc- for football manager and empire total war. Think one of them I finally got installed and playing about a day after release... going to avoid the download this time.
    These were well known problems for lots of users - published on countless threads of the respective games forums :(

    Not to sound horrible but its probably worth preparing for a frustrating day for those of you who will be playing the game right on release hour!

    hey, who knows- steam may have got their act together and pre-release game files to avoid the system getting clogged up by tons of users at once... fingers crossed!
     
  5. DeepQantas

    DeepQantas Chieftain

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    The Steam servers will probably crash and burn anyways. There's always some hiccups the first day with big releases.


    e: You know, there's no reason there couldn't be a preload option. The DVDs are gonna be out there, so the content is already 99% set to stone.
     
  6. MarcusNovius

    MarcusNovius Chieftain

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    It frustrates me when they know well in advance the release dates but dont seem to prepare for it...obviously there will be hiccups but it would be nice for them to say when the files will be released and perhaps increase their server capacity on release days.. if possible... :/
     
  7. Grunthex

    Grunthex Prince

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    While I can't guess whether pre-loading will be available any more than the next, I am amused at people who think the load will cause problems with Steam servers. Civ 5 is a big deal... on this site, and a few others. Compared to some of the real big names that come out, I don't think we're going to see any where near the strain on the Steam servers.

    If I'm wrong, and Civ sells 2.5 million copies on day 1, I will happily come back and eat crow.
     
  8. Shurdus

    Shurdus Am I Napoleon?

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    The file are available right now, downloading. :D
     
  9. Tylerryan79

    Tylerryan79 Emperor

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    Ya me too! Just finished! Boy I cant wait to play this! :)
     
  10. Col Kurtz

    Col Kurtz Warlord

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    I hope D2D can send out keys before release, so that we can pre-load as well.

    Glad there is at least a pre-load going for those that bought directly from Steam (and have their keys).
     
  11. Tylerryan79

    Tylerryan79 Emperor

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    I was lying........ I think Shurdus was too. I went through D2D as well, so I wont be downloading anytime soon.
     
  12. mjs0

    mjs0 The 4th X

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    Interesting, I am downloading now...approx 4.5Gb (should take about 32 mins for me)

    Also on the preload page is a selection of locked achievements:

    Vivre La Revolution - Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Napoleon.
    Treasure Hunter - Discover an ancient ruin.
    Moving on Up - Earn a Unit Promotion
    It's Super Effective - Destroy an enemy unit in just one hit.
    Peace and Prosperity - Begin a Golden Age.
    Second City - Found a second city.
    Seriously?!? - Have another Civ beat you to completing a Wonder 10 times.
    Engineer - Build a Wonder

    There are another 112 more if I am interpreting the next icon correctly.
     
  13. Tylerryan79

    Tylerryan79 Emperor

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    So it was real! Damn you D2D!!!
     
  14. gibson1314

    gibson1314 Chieftain

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    I emailed D2D and asked if it would be available to download before 24th in uk. I got some generic response saying NO but thanks for asking!
     
  15. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Super Moderator Supporter

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    Moderator Action: To discuss the preloading please now use this thread, for the achievements please this one.
    Here's now closed, for the sake of overview.
     
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