Mass Effect 3 to Require Origin for All Versions, Not Coming to Steam
Mass Effect 3 is one of the most anticipated titles of the first half of 2012, both on PC and consoles. Unfortunately, it sounds like PC gamers will have the same problem with ME3 that they had with Battlefield 3 – it’s only on Origin.
He also addressed the topic of ME3 hitting Valve’s Steam service, saying effectively the same thing EA said about BF3 on Steam:
During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time. Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.
On the plus side, Priestly did confirm that “Users will be allowed to opt-out of Mass Effect 3 data collection from inside the game.” You’ll want to make sure you do that.
I’m curious as to how this will affect sales of ME3. For all the uproar surrounding the Origin exclusivity of Battlefield 3, gamers still bought over a million copies. Is there any chance that PC gamers will skip ME3 rather than deal with Origin again? I guess we’ll find out soon.
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