Crystal Dynamics will employ Steam DRM on the PC version of Lara Croft: Guardian of Light to prevent piracy, the studio has confirmed.
Global brand manager Karl Stewart told CVG that Steam will definitely be used in the US - and that other distribution channels were being looked at.
"We've gone down the road of implementing Steam DRM where we've committed to the US being an exclusive and we're going to make a decision as to whether or not we'll use different distribution channels," he said.
"But I think for now, because it's online and it's got leader boards, Steam offers us the best opportunity to hit a broad audience with that type of game."
According to Stewart, Crystal Dynamics feels that piracy is a concern when it comes to Lara in particular because of the overwhelming popularity of the heroine.
"Tomb Raider's got a huge following, when you look at Tomb Raider games in the past and how many times they've been pirated. I go on some BitTorrent sites and within the first 48 hours there's like four hundred thousand downloads, it's crazy," he said.
"The biggest fear we have is that people are going to be inquisitive and are going to download it.
"Given that Tomb Raider has traditionally been a single player game we have the risk of people saying, 'I never really wanted to play the online mode, I just want to play as a single player' You don't have to do the leader boards, you don't have to go online. We had to mitigate those risks by doing things like DRM."
If you want to see Lara upcoming outing in action, we brought you the first Lara Croft: Guardian of Light gameplay video a few days ago.