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?
  • You've hit upon one of the most fundamental flaws with Steam I'm afraid
    – Neon1024
    Apr 12, 2011 at 15:54

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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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    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, 2011 at 10:51
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    you might be right with that ... will edit my post Apr 11, 2011 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, 2011 at 11:30
  • Less than 2 days are left and no preload... :( May 15, 2011 at 21:55

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