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.

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9 Comments on Report: Confirmation That Battlefield 3 Won’t Be On Steam


On July 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

haha let the rage commence. Honestly though doesn’t this make people more at peace? No more worrying – time to buy retail :)


On July 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

I had better not ever run into am EA employee on the street. Things will… get ugly.


On July 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

@avus96 wow… your right. Do you know hoe long it’s been sense I’ve bought a game retail. I completely forgot about that.


On July 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

lol… hoe. Thanks auto correct… wtf were you thinking?


On July 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I stand by my theory from the ‘eat ’ article: Origin install will be mandatory when installing BF3 regardless of how you purchase it, including retail.


On July 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Origins = EADM

EADM was before Steam.

Seems we’re getting a big influx of CoD rejects and console kiddies.

Anthony S

On July 19, 2011 at 3:05 am

Who cares if EADM was before Steam? It sucks!

That’s the whole point… even with a longer lifespan it accomplished far less, and is far less desirable to be dependent on. EA just wants a bigger piece of the pie, and they deserve no such thing. Let them build a platform half as nice as Steam before they go around trying to forcefully take a share of the market and maybe they’ll be a bit more successful.

Anyone who so much as implies that Steam is a poor distribution service, or cheats its customers either has a grudge or is on some pretty heavy medication. Obviously I don’t put all of my faith in any corporation, but thus far Valve has been very good to its customers.


On August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

who cares Steam is just a bs application that annoys me with game popups after every game im playing.
ill take my CD’s and CD keys anyday over some online ‘secure’ program


On August 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

Retail installs to your origin account num nuts