Valve has today rolled out a new Steamworks SDK update that has made the beta Steam Inventory Service available to all developers with games or software on Steam.
The Steam Inventory Service has arrived in the form of a set of new Steamworks APIs and tools created by Valve, that allow developers to enable persistent items, that have been purchase or unlocked by individual players.
The users purchase are then available without the need for the developers to run special servers to keep track of these user’s inventory items. Valve explains a little more :
“With this service, a game can easily drop items to customers based on playtime or can grant items based on specific situations or actions within the game. These items can be marked as tradable through Steam or sellable via the Steam Marketplace. Developers can also configure recipes for crafting different combinations of items that result in more rare, unique, or valuable items.
This new service adds to the list of APIs available for free to Steamworks developers, including achievements, cloud saves, authentication services, error reporting, leaderboards, matchmaking, Steam Workshop, peer-to-peer networking, in-game overlay, downloadable content, and much more.”
For more information on the new Steamworks SDK update jump over to the Steam website for details via the link below.