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I have pre ordered The Witcher 2 some while ago with my Steam client. So far so good.

The game should be released to public on May 17th 2011 - great.

Now for the questions:

  1. Can I somehow "schedule" the game installation so that it will install itself when available?
  2. If can't schedule, I fear there will be huge load on the servers as everyone will try installing at once: what's the best approach to take?
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You've hit upon one of the most fundamental flaws with Steam I'm afraid –  DavidYell Apr 12 '11 at 15:54
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

My worst fear has come true: steam failure

Guess it's a closed case now.

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Although this was true for your specific case, the answer by Craig is "more" correct to a wider audience, because some games do permit you to pre-load. –  Mark Henderson May 18 '11 at 5:47
    
@Farseeker that might be true, but as the question is also tagged [the-witcher-2] thought it's more proper to close it in such a way.. you think the title should be changed to prevent confusion? –  Shadow Wizard May 18 '11 at 7:01
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I'd say so, because the title is very generic and applies to a wide audience, but the actual question is quite specific –  Mark Henderson May 18 '11 at 8:23
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Such games on steam usually allow you to 'Preload' the game. Basically this means upto 2 weeks before the game is released you will be able to download the game but not be able to play it. The fully installed game will then be unlocked on release day allowing you to instantly play it.

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Thanks, I'll keep an open eye then! –  Shadow Wizard Apr 11 '11 at 10:29
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2-4 weeks might be generous. Sometimes, it's only 2-4 days. (Portal 2 preload hasn't dropped as of this writing.) –  MBraedley Apr 11 '11 at 10:51
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you might be right with that ... will edit my post –  Craig Pilgrim Apr 11 '11 at 11:00
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It depends on the game. I believe the Civilization V pre-load was a little over a week before the game was released. –  Wipqozn Apr 11 '11 at 11:30
    
Less than 2 days are left and no preload... :( –  Shadow Wizard May 15 '11 at 21:55
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