EA Sort Of Explains Crysis 2′s Disappearance from Steam

Here’s what EA has to say about why or why not some games may not be available on certain download services.

“Any retailer can sell our games, but we take direct responsibility for providing patches, updates, additional content and other services to our players,” says David DeMartini, who runs EA’s Origin download service. “This works well for our partnership with Gamestop, Amazon and other online retailers.

“Unfortunately, if we’re not allowed to manage this experience directly and establish a relationship with you, it disrupts our ability to provide the support you expect and deserve. At present, there is only one download service that will not allow this relationship. This is not our choice, and unfortunately it is their customer base that is most impacted by this decision. We are working diligently to find a mutually agreeable solution.”

So there you go. The way I read that, this whole kerfuffle is about paid DLC. Or maybe it’s about patches. You know, I really don’t have a clue, still.

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8 Comments on EA Sort Of Explains Crysis 2′s Disappearance from Steam

DarthBob

On July 7, 2011 at 12:30 am

you, EA. Right in the ear.

Aids

On July 7, 2011 at 5:30 am

Call Of Duty just like I’ll say the sis series. These shooters suck ass to begin with. Plus why the would people pay for DLC maps. That’s ing retarded. Gonna go play a real shooter with player generated content, DOOM II MOTHER ERS

Ivan Carlos

On July 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

No Steam = No Buy.
OK, it does not justify my preference, anyway.

I don’t want to have lot of clients installed, I don’t want Steam + Desura + Impulse + Origin. I just want Steam. I adopted Steam as a platform, as I adopted PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, etc, not just a client that download a multiplayer feature and a draft of instant messaging (GameSpy client feelings =).

I’m not fine about these supposed Valve policies. Dragon Age haves same external DLC purchasing system and still on Steam. Lot of any other games haves same type of updating system, required trird party software and billing features and still on Steam. Why Valve just don’t report itself about this issue?

So, when I want to play something, I look it up on Steam. In some extremely rare cases, I look to on GoG.com (that does not requires clients or DRM) or Blizzard Store (I just fall in love for this company =), but there are exceptions.

So, No Steam = No Buy.

I’m really not sad about not buying BF3 if they not comes on Steam.

If we r numbered, they (EA) will return to Steam later, and release a future BF4 or BF:BC3 on Steam, and FIFA, and any other games that is coming “exclusively on Origin” actually, and life runs on his path. If not, no problem, I can play BF4 on a next generation console anyway… but EA Games off Steam? Never.

Some games needs to be registered on Games for Windows LIVE, some games needs to be registered on Tages or SecuRom or another draconic DRM system. Some games installs voice clients, multiplayer clients and all sort of garbage on your computer.

What’s wrong in purchase a game from Steam and register your code on Origin? AION and Guild Wars is purchased from Steam, AION is patched by an multigames client (NcSoft Launcher) and registered his keys on website, and they still on Steam. Updater applications is not the point, lot of games is updated by publisher on Steam, Ubisoft recent games is an example.

That’s it.

theantioch

On July 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

this is a pretty dumb policy for ea to adopt, im not really sure what there talking about too with patches from what they mention. If this does have to do with dlc, i dont think that steam requires a cut, there are multiple games on steam that have in-game dlc purchases that steam allows (battlefield pacific, dragon age, fable 3 etc just to name a few) that steam may or may not carry alongside the standalone product. if this is omething to do with pacthes, i think maybe ea is trying to origin the only source of patches for the game? ie, you need this service to be able to download it? but even still, as the last poster mentioned you still need a client for several mmos already sold through steam. i dont believe we are getting the whole story here

ThePro

On July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

“… it disrupts our ability to provide the support you expect and deserve.”

LOL. What a joke. EA is full of it. Origin is completely broken for Puerto Rico users (I’m for ppl from all around the Caribbean, and Central/South America). It automatically redirects us to the European/Spain version of Origin which displays prices in euros (we use the US dollar) and this obviously means inflated prices cause of the rate exchange. This has been going on for months (way before the EADM became Origin) and EA hasn’t done to fix it. I have contacted them a couple of times and they say they where just notified of the issue when their forums clearly shows they have known it for months (there’s a pretty big thread about it). So your EA and your crappy Origin store, bring BF3 to Steam so I can preorder it (currently I can’t cause of your crappy software and service).

Cahemdue

On July 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I hate steam and I don’t use it so whether Cryis2 uses it or not is up to them. If they want to have control over their patches then fine, that’s their business. It’s not like Crysis2 sold all that great anyways.

Pip

On July 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

EA, like always with your ty DRM ideas including Origin, go yourselves. Steam’s the is the best thing to happen to the gaming community in year. All other alternative to steam that I’ve been forced to used by games I wanted to by, eg Games for Windows just can’t match to the ease, simplicity and benefits that steam brings to the table. Steam also handles the social side of gaming a lot better.

jj

On July 16, 2011 at 5:03 am

David Demartini you are the biggest dink on the planet