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.

In a post on the Bioware forums, Community Manager Chris Priestly broke the news to the fans, saying, “Yes, Origin is required for all PC editions of Mass Effect 3, physical or digital.”

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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37 Comments on Mass Effect 3 to Require Origin for All Versions, Not Coming to Steam


On January 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

So EA is butthurt because Valve won’t let them eat delicious buckets of personal info? Too damn bad. My saves are on Xbox anyway.

Anthony S

On January 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Well I can cross off another game from my wish list. Mass Effect 3: Never to be purchased by yours truly.


On January 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm


No they are mad because Steam support are a bunch of forum mods and can’t do to help their customers off. This is the same with Activision and Ubisoft.


Who cares about this? Are people that paranoid about the internet police?


On January 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Well, I guess I’ll have to get Origin then. Hopefully it’ll work better this time.


On January 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I’m amazed how these “restrictions” EA es about only seem to truly affect again “EA” no on else seems to be butt hurt about it. There’s even F2P games on Steam.

All EA has to say is “We want our service to leverage STEAM and their huge market share in PC digital distribution and we want to keep for our selves the 20% VALVE takes per game copy”.

Grow some balls EA please you just make yourself look bad.


On January 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I bought Battlefield3 and can’t play it because I can’t get Origin running on my Windows7 64bit PC. If Origin won’t run I will not be buying Mass Effect 3.


On January 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Bought DS2 on Amazon $5. 3 key codes later and 2 hours on chat with ORIGIN support, and they finally get me a code that registers properly with my Origin account and activates the stinking DRM wizard in game when I launch the game to play.

Seriously EA, playing your games should take this much Eff’ing effort EA.


On January 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

That’s just another excuse.
The only thing they are restricting is the open distribution and popularity of their games.
Same thing happened to me with Battlefield 3 and now I’ll have to do the same for Mass Effect 3.
EA: You are not fun anymore.

Wuts going on

On January 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Does anyone else find these reactions a bit over the top? As if steam has never given you any errors? I play the games for the games themselves not for the ing distribution service.

Oh and Kevin, fix your computer.


On January 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

We’re going to end up with like 20 steams/origins on or systems in the future….


On January 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Well, one more reason to pirate it instead of buying it.

Iced Tea

On January 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

Personally i hate steam. i used it since Half Life 2 came out and it had just as many problems then as Origin does now.. seriously if its not coming to steam i will be very happy since then i wont have to be running Valves crappy program in the background (valve make Great games but Steam just sucks ass) i have Origin and it downloads games super fast and it doesnt eat 500MB of Ram… im happy i personally dont care if Mass Effect 3 Uses Origin i will still be purchasing a Copy.


On January 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

What’s the problem? I’ve used Origin since before it was called Origin, and I’ve never had an issue.


On January 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Wow Iced Tea talk about being butthurt.


On January 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

Things like this is why game piracy has an ever increasing popularity. Mass Effect 3 is basically a single-player game with multi-player elements, a few cheats, edits, and trainers, and the pirated game user won’t miss out on anything even with lack of MP.

Iced Tea

On January 21, 2012 at 4:29 am

lol TurdInThePunchBowl… guess you didnt even read my comment then


On January 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

I bet the pirated version won’t require origins, just another example of companies working against their own customers. Looks like I get to save 50$ on another game :)


On January 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

I agree with jon hardcore on this. When game publishers fork their customers, they fork back. You like the game? wanna show your support? by the console version for your nephew on his birthday. meanwhile you grabbed the pi-rate pre-release 2 weeks earlier and finished it before it hit shelves. screw origin. I love STEAM. if I cant have my STEAM you can’t have my money…yet. screw xbox as well. I’ve rrod’d 5 consoles, and a console that has a %60 failure rate upon release is not good. but sony and microsoft both get butthurt about homebrew. nintendo is the only one who doesnt really care and their console wont be powerful until the wiiu.


On January 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

To all of you who wonder what’s the problem with Origin.

I am not a fun of Steam or Origin by any means, however at least Steam has fair Terms of Service. EA since they introduced Origin doesn’t.

As it stands now, you can lose access to ALL of your games tied to your Origin account PERMANENTLY for…forum infractions.

I am not joking, few of my colleges from Origin got banned for swearing often not directed at any other user of the forums, an avatar showing two men kissing, someone put “Let’s play mother f…” as his status update on Battlelog and lost his Origin account.
Still don’t believe me ? Read some press coverage about it:

No warning, no 3 strikes system, just someone reports you and bam you permanently lose access to games you paid for.

There is no appeal system, there is no way to contact with the people who give away those bans, customers support will tell you nothing, most topics on the forums which discuss that subject get locked and removed. Total Nazi land.

I find it funny, ridiculous and infuriating at the same time that this situation is allowed to continue.

Daily you see dozens of cheaters getting their stats wiped out on Battlelog ( Battlefield 3 forums/feature ) and LET to play the game despite fact they got caught cheating multiple times.

Meanwhile honest people who happen to swear on the EA forums or commit other forum “crime” get their copy of the game taken away from them without ability to get their money back.

EA totally ignores industry standards which hand out forum warnings, suspensions and forum ( mind forum not game ) permanent bans for misbehaving on internet forums. They sell you a product and next take it away under ridiculous excuses. They show total lack of decency and most likely get as close to fraud as they could.


On January 25, 2012 at 5:29 am

@Iced Tea

Looks to me like he did indeed read it and yes you did indeed seem butthurt about Steam. Steam had many issues upon release but by now it’s running very smooth and has a large base of players calling it their gaming home – I could only count the problems I have with it (small ones) with my fingers, the same goes for Origin.

EA don’t like the way Valve do things and that’s fine but Steam is not and was never any worse or better than any other online game distributor. The same goes for Origin.

So yeah your “I’m very happy it doesn’t go to steam because it sucks” comment was very butthurt sounding, if you don’t use it, you don’t have much room to bash it really. I use Steam, Origin and D2D a lot and I don’t have any issue with any of them despite what issues they may or may not have had in the past. It has absolutely zero bearing on my opinion of them in the present.

Take this as a simple observation of your previous statements and not as an insult made towards you, also don’t confuse me with a fanboy who takes a side. I see the good and bad in all things. (Steam will never be perfect and nor will anything else)


On January 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Why bother when there are piles of great games to enjoy: Darkness, Trine, Skyrim, etc. ?


On January 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

And then they sit and wonder why piracy is so rampant.


On January 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

I think that people overreact to the whole “Origin” thing and while the EULA that might allow some privacy intruding (de-faco it won’t allow to do such thing) is questionable, it does not deserve all the attention and paranoic reactions it receives. As Origin stands for itself, it’s realy not bad. Yes, it has some problems and Steam does many things better, but Origin does some things better than Steam.
Bottom line: even though I was hoping to have Mass Effect “combo” in my Steam library, I don’t think that I’ll mind simply buying the retail version and activate in Origin.


On January 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

LoL , And i wanted to support these devs. again by buying theirs next game…But Origin? F*ck you! … Im not goin to buy Mass Effect these times … When origin will be gone i maybe shall buy this game…until then GTFO EA


On January 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Well guess Commander Shepars on his own for this one lol. I have no interest in my information being monitored by Origin. Lol EA only gets away with what we let them. Do everyone a favor take a stand to big coorporations. Don’t buy their shi* and in no time they will have to be subservient to the people again. For remember kids the governments are our civil “servants” they work for us, no matter how much they try to pretnd like their our rulers. And the same goes for big corporations.


On January 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

I love it how everyone es when EA collects gamer’s usage data while providing an opt-out, but everyones totally OK with Valve doing the same without opt-out.


On January 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

sorry but origin was released with a nice BETA tag with BF3 and it was an utter disaster. you don’t release beta software with your headlining title EVER. i love logging into my pc for origin to tell me my game isn’t installed anymore and for my game settings to disappear. not to mention buying the game on a dvd and having origin download the game anyway. it’s a pile of trash and i will never buy a game with such a ridiculous system. to play a game i have to open origin, which opens a website, and the site launches the game… get real.


On January 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

even worse than companies making ty software run in the background of games is people pirating the games as protest!

if you actually were outraged you would just not buy the game, you’re really only pirating it as an excuse to save $60


On January 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

“…buying the game on a dvd and having origin download the game anyway.”

How is this different from STEAM? The first time I bought a product that involved STEAM, it was a DVD. I popped the DVD into my PC, expecting a normal load screen, and then got to watch while it installed STEAM (long time for that) and then DOWNLOADED the full game from STEAM to install it.

What was the point of buying the game on DVD again?!?


On February 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

Steam was bad enough. You’d buy a game and put the dvd in your computer and couldn’t play it without installing some third party software that you didn’t want or need. Worse yet, if you’re on dial up like me and steam finds out there’s an update available, you can’t play your game until it finishes… which on dial up can literally take weeks, even assuming a constant connection. And there’s another service now that does the same thing? I am sooo glad my Mass Effect 1 and 2 saves are on 360.


On February 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

I’m going to crack a version of ME3 just for that EA


On February 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm


“Why bother when there are piles of great games to enjoy: Darkness, Trine, Skyrim, etc. ?”

Every dollar spent is a vote to shape the gaming landscape.

@Iced Tea
If EA is having a bad day they want to share it with you…

You have you forgotten EA Origin games rely on overloaded activation servers, often don’t activate quickly or at all on the first day then sporadically afterwards and sometimes have install limits.

Origin savegames don’t work when the master server is down/unavailable.
Origin DLC and Premium DLC are unavailable
Origin games have missing content on release and “passes”.
Origin games cannot be given away, You don’t own them. SEE:”First Sale Doctrine”
Buy all the EA games you want, The rest of us have tried Origin and learned what a waste of money EA Origin games are the the hard way.


On February 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

“We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game”

I don’t know how EA gets off saying this when their DRM scheme for Mass Effect 2 is a convoluted atrocity:

1. Go to the Bioware Social Network
2. Create account
3. Find the DLC page for your game
4. Figure out how many Bioware funny points to buy for the DLC you want
5. Go back to the DLC page and buy your DLC
6. Download the DLC .exe file.
7. Install the .exe
8. Repeat from #3 for each DLC.

and Steam’s is so very simple:

1. Find the DLC you want in the Steam client.
2. Pay for it.


On February 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Guys, this is the same reason for why minecraft isn’t on Steam, They just have restrictive rules against things that limit how much they can do with the game, besides, is it really that bad? Grow a pair and quit ing and moaning.


On February 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

-cough bulle-

This is the reason I didn’t get battlefield 3. I hardly trust EA and it’s policies as it is. But now this is just getting ridiculous.


On February 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I support developers any if Mass effect was on steam I would buy it ! Since I am forced to use Origin I will pirate the game .


On February 19, 2012 at 12:32 am

Wont buy BF and Mass anymore