Signs Suggest Battlefield 3 May Show Up On Steam
There’s been some talk that Valve and Electronic Arts are trying to come up with a way to bring Battlefield 3 to Steam. Right now, the game is only available through EA’s Origin online portal, but it seems that the trouble holding back DICE’s monster military shooter is about dispensing DLC, rather than a marketing issue between the two companies.
So a Steam version of Battlefield 3 might be possible, and it seems that EA hasn’t closed the door altogether, and there might even be code in place for eventual Steam compatibility. Consider these files found in PBInstall.exe, the install file for PunkBuster, which was recently updated to include them and spotted by a user on the Steam forums. They make reference to Battlefield 3 files in Steam’s install folders:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Battlefield 3\
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\battlefield 3\
C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\battlefield 3\
C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\Battlefield 3\
Maybe nothing, maybe something. Those files weren’t there a few days ago, but covering bases doesn’t necessarily suggest that a deal is definitely going through between EA and Steam. Still, it’s nice to hope, and this seems like some decent evidence in favor of a deal.
There’s also a contest from Sapphire Select Club that offers a Battlefield 3 Steam code as a prize. Whether that’s just a typo or mistake, or an indication of something bigger, isn’t really clear. If you’ve got a grain of salt ready, I’d recommend it.
Still, it’s nice to hope.