The EA Twitter account has been acting a little odd lately. Posting just the word "game", for example, but the most recent Tweet, perhaps intentionally, is causing a little bit of a stir among the gaming community, if you'll pardon the pun...
It's simply a short video of an EA branded mug, with, well, steam coming off of it. This could be taken as a hint, as many seem to have done, that EA's games may be returning to the Steam platform, which more interestingly to me seems to suggest a shift in focus for the Origin platform....
EA's games have been exclusive to Origin since 2011 - and several games released before then have been pulled from Steam and been exclusive to Origin ever since. It would seem to undermine their efforts to promote Origin as an alternative to Steam, should they actually be making the move.
But that being said, EA is a games developer, not a digital platform primarily. Could sales on Origin be harming the company? It wouldn't be the first company to abandon the digital store market this year. Discord and Razor both famously ditched their attempts due to lack of demand earlier this year.
There is one more bit of evidence though. Apparently, Twitter user @RobotBrush found evidence of a test application that would allow Steam to launch Origin games, meaning they could indeed be returning to the platform, albeit with Origin still existing as a middleware much like Rockstar's approach with their Games Launcher.
looks like EA are indeed getting ready to come back to steam— lashman (@RobotBrush) October 22, 2019
This would be welcome news for games like Apex Legends, where you'll finally be able to play with Steam friends, and may increase the fortunes of the ailing Battle Royale.
Stay tuned to GameFront for more on this as we learn it.