Crysis 2 Reappears on Steam After EA Vanishing Act

Electronic Arts and Valve still aren’t besties, but a new edition of Crysis 2 has returned Crytek’s first-person shooter to Steam.

Crysis 2: Maximum Edition includes changes that “have brought it back into compliance with Steam’s terms and conditions,” EA says, and thus it’s back on Steam. EA pulled a bunch of its games from Steam over some issues with the distribution of updates and downloadable content, interestingly right around the launch of EA’s downloadable game platform Origin. Since then, new EA games haven’t been appearing on Steam.

It seems whatever happened with Crysis 2 was Crytek’s doing, and not EA’s, according to a report from Rock Paper Shotgun. Therefore, don’t take this as an indicator that Dragon Age 2 or Battlefield 3 or Mass Effect 3 are on their way to Steam anytime soon. They’re probably not. EA’s selling them through Origin, though, and it seems unlikely that it would bring them back to Steam anytime soon, given that Valve takes a cut from all game sales on its platform.

Seems what’s missing from the Maximum Edition is EA’s in-game DLC store. Other EA games have it, Crytek’s doesn’t (Crytek has more leeway than other developers because it’s an EA Partner). Valve has its rules about DLC sales, and since Crysis 2 no longer runs up against that issue, it seems, it’s back in. So that’s that. Meantime, don’t expecta ny new EA titles to show up on Steam anytime soon.

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5 Comments on Crysis 2 Reappears on Steam After EA Vanishing Act

David

On May 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

What still doesn’t make sense here is that Mass Effect 2 is still on steam. Yet it has the same dlc store that Mass Effect 3 and Dragon age 1 and 2 had. I’m glad it’s still there, but how did it not get taken down?

SXO

On May 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

@David Very good question David, and I’m sure there’s no logical answer for it. Truth is there were several games on Steam that sold DLC via other distribution services before the whole kerfuffle with Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 on Steam erupted. I think it was the impending release of Origin that basically made Valve do a double-take and start enforcing a policy they never bothered enforcing prior to that, and although I hate EA with a passion, this was an issue that I had to fault Valve on.

I’m all for player choice, so I believe this crap should be settled by both parties already. Valve needs to get rid of that nonsense in the agreement that disallows third-party sales of DLC since in reality they were fine with it before. But on the same token, publishers should go ahead and make all their DLC available through Steam as well, and let the players decide how they want to get it.

Peggle20

On May 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm

@David, SXO – Because the Steam DLC restriction only affects games that have in-game DLC that was released after the restriction became active, and the last ME2 DLC launched before the restriction went into effect, whereas Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 both were removed as soon as they released DLC contrary to it. ME3, on the other hand, never even launched on Steam as it was saddled with day one paid DLC, immediately bringing it into conflict with Steam’s policy.

SXO

On May 31, 2012 at 5:41 am

@Peggle Ah, that makes sense, but still sounds like a move by Valve as a knee-jerk reaction to the impending release of Origin at the time. I just assumed it was a retroactive rule that would apply to all Steam titles.

David

On May 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

That’s why it struck me as odd, as Crysis 2 had been around for a while as well. Was that still launching new DLC at the time?

Personally I like being able to have the dlc through steam and be done with it, as it’s a lot easier to go through then for example the bioware points or the bizzare stuff GFWL does with having to redeem it in their store even after I buy it on steam. I can understand not being too fond of having to share a cut of it with valve to do so, but I would think the money you’d get just because it’s on steam would still outweigh it, especially in the cases of bigger games such as crysis, and mass effect, and dragon age, and so on.