Crysis 2 Reappears on Steam After EA Vanishing Act
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.