Report: Confirmation That Battlefield 3 Won’t Be On Steam
Battlefield 3 is already coming front-loaded with an annoyance – the fact that it won’t support modding. But that’s only a big deal to a small subset of gamers. More of a deal? Not being able to download Battlefield 3 via Steam. And it looks like that’s going to be the case. Last week, we reported that the list of digital retailers authorized to carry BF3 didn’t include Steam. It turns out that wasn’t an accident. As reported by Develop Online, anonymous Gamestop execs – and take that with a big grain of salt – confirm Battlefield 3 won’t be available on Steam.
Those of you paying attention know that EA has previously expressed frustration with Steam due to Valve’s insistence that patches and updates be transmitted via Steam, and EA’s desire to provide updates directly, through the games themselves. Or something. The reality probably has more to do with EA’s upcoming Origin service. You know, the super awesome totally not-a-ripoff EA_branded gaming portal that, if you sign up, will get you a ridiculous Mass Effect 3 Robot Dog? We’re not the first to make this point, but that doesn’t make it any less true: EA wants to make sure that whichever service players download their games from, they will be able to ensure their compatibility with Origin.
Origin sounds a lot like Google + to me. Good idea, but Steam already has more than 30 million customers. EA makes some pretty popular games, but that’s a mighty big dragon to slay. We suspect they’ll buckle, eventually, and make BF3 Steam-worthy some time after initial release.
Via Develop Online.