EA Pulls Crysis 2 From Steam, Say it’s Origin Only (UPDATED With EA Response)

UPDATE: We’ve just received a response from EA. Apparently they did NOT pull Crysis 2 from Steam. Rather, it was a result of Steam’s policies. Here’s their response:

It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA.

Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.

Crysis 2 continues to be available on several other download services including GameStop, Amazon, Origin.com and more.

Very interesting, even though we didn’t get an answer as to whether future titles would be Origin exclusive. I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

ORIGINAL STORY:A couple of weeks back, EA announced that they were launching Origin, a new digital download service that would compete with Steam. During E3, they launched a number of trailers exclusively on Origin. Now, they’ve begin pulling titles off Steam, starting with Crysis 2.

While the game is listed as Origin-only now, it’s still available for purchase from Amazon, Impulse, and Direct2Drive. No word yet on whether EA will be pulling the game from those outlets as well, but we’ve dropped a line to the company to ask. If they don’t pull it from everywhere, it makes it pretty obvious that they’re targeting Steam. That wouldn’t be a huge surprise, considering that Steam is the elephant in the digital delivery living room

It remains to be seen how gamers will react to Origin. The EA Store, which sold digital copies of games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2, lacked many of the convenience features of Steam. It appears that Origin will be much the same, eschewing a client for a web-based interface, but also forgoing things like automatic patching. Unlike Steam, it also allows the buyer to select a physical copy of the game instead of just a digital copy.

It also remains to be seen how well Origin can compete in a market dominated by Steam. However, making games like Crysis 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 Origin exclusives would probably convince a lot of PC gamers to give it a go, even if it’s only because they have to.

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12 Comments on EA Pulls Crysis 2 From Steam, Say it’s Origin Only (UPDATED With EA Response)


On June 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

oh god please don’t make this be the case with new games, I hate ea download manager but have been forced to use it for several games. no matter what the feedback is from ea im sure they will try to shove this down our throats with their AAA titles.

Anthony S

On June 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I won’t be buying any games from EA’s download manager, nor will I be buying BF3 unless it is released on Steam. Be smart EA — Don’t lose a ton of cash and fans over Valve’s fine print.

Jakey Bee

On June 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

That’s just a pissy way to make it look like Crytek took the bullet. The Origin policy is a backwards ass policy which voids the Steam policy on purpose. That’s why it sucks.


On June 16, 2011 at 4:53 am

So EA purposely breaks the Steam policy, and then turns around and blames Steam for removing Crysis 2. Very classy, EA.


On June 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm


A Gamer

On June 22, 2011 at 6:38 am

I have EA Origin DL, Amazon DL, Green Man Gaming Capsule DL, D2D/IGN/Comrade DL, GFWL etc, and over 100 or so games on Steam. If your are so irresponsible or to lazy to manage multiple game DL game accounts or just want to limit yourself to making Steam only purchases, purely for the convenience, then then it’s your loss.

TBH I’m getting quite tired of the all the non Valve games that are still SteamWorks exclusive, where you buy or DL them somewhere else for a better price and you still have to tie the key to your Steam account, and its mandatory that you use Steam.

EA is not dumb, they will inevitably always allow other ways of purchase of their games, Amazon DL, Steam, D2D, Gamestop etc. Also with Steam being a constant a problem with Punkbuster games, I don’t know why you’d want mix the two. Getting it fixed is never going to happen, and why should it when Steam can tell other publishers/devs ” well you should have used our crappy VAC system instead”.


On June 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Dear EA, I was going to purchase Crysis 2 on Steam to play this weekend, I can’t so I’m going to go and pirate it instead.

EA just keeps making themselves worse and worse

On June 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Wow I was waiting for the DX11 patch to come out to get it on steam. I looked and its not there!?! Turns out EA decided to ravage steam users in the butt and remove it from the steam store. =[ I have used the EA download manager and origin. I dislike both and hope BF3 comes to steam, otherwise i will say adios to PC Gaming.

Devin Ulrich

On July 1, 2011 at 4:04 am

Electronic Arts used to publish excellent games during the 90′s and early 2000′s. But now that they have a firm following, theyre turning on their own fans and favouring money over quality of work and anything else, trying to dominate the industry.

Even their move to abbreviate their name is symbolic of their change of attitude. They Don’t want to be “Electronic Arts” any more, as they no longer care about the art of media development and are now focused on profeit. Even so, this move is definately NOT going to get them more money or customers.


On August 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Im very very upset to find crysis 2 gone off steam and refuse to use ea’s stupid origin and DL managers.. I dont want multiple programs running for no reason just because one company is extremely greedy. The fact that they lie about removing the game and blaming it on steam just shows it. Coincidental that they release origin and all of a sudden games disappear from steam starting with crysis 2. They had planned this and I hope it backfires in their face. I hope they beg steam to take their games back. Devin Ulrich nailed it on the head! Its too true. They only care about the bottom line. Well EA, you have lost me as a customer and every friend of mine with steam feels the same way. I was going to pay for crysis 2 on steam but I guess I will not be. If I can make one promise it is that I will not be downloading Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2 and Battlefield 3 (Modern Warfare 3 will be better anyway) on Origin or EA download manager. I forget what the site is call now cough’ bay cough’ but I think that is where I will be enjoying EA games.


On November 1, 2011 at 12:38 am

I think EA(origin) is great,,Steam is sloooowwwww,crashes,does not load from disc(you have to write your own lines of code to do so)..did I mention slow…..EA loads straight from disc,updates FAST.and is ready to play that night,,,,,,Steam takes all night just to get a game to load from the disc,,,Then it takes anywhere from 3 days to 3 months(yes 3 months) to activate and update,,Then try and use offline mode….EA is heaven compared to steam……I just wish I could remove steam account and activate all my games on origin