Electronic Arts has gone back in its wishes to keep its titles exclusive to the Origin storefront: EA games on Steam is no longer a dream.
Since the publisher’s proprietary storefront, Origin, launched way back in 2011, EA has kept titles exclusive to its proprietary platform. Since that time, all major games from the company have remained exclusive to Origin.
No longer: EA has announced their glorious return to Valve’s platform. Not only will previously exclusive titles be making their way back to the service, but new titles like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be day-and-date on Origin and Steam.
Popular titles, such as The Sims 4 and Unravel 2, will be arriving on Valve’s store within the coming months. Other titles, including Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V will come next year. EA’s entire back catalog may come in the future, but details have not been finalized.
there’s been this dramatic increase in the number of gaming services, which you would think would be really good for players. But I think in many cases, it’s the exact opposite
In an article by GamesIndustry, EA senior VP Mike Blank revealed the thinking behind EA’s new shift.
“We want to make the experience for players who want to play their games on Steam or Origin as frictionless as possible, so we’re working towards connecting our accounts together as well as enabling players to play together across both Steam and Origin so they can play the games with the people they want to play with regardless of which platform they play on,” Blank told the outlet.
“Since the time we removed our games from Steam, there’s been this dramatic increase in the number of gaming services, which you would think would be really good for players. But I think in many cases, it’s the exact opposite. It creates more difficulty for players, and providing player choice — from my perspective and speaking on behalf of EA — is really critical. It’s an opportunity to make it possible for people to play where they want, to reduce that fragmentation and make it more frictionless… Reducing that fragmentation is really important. It’s the most player-first thing we can do.”
EA Access will also be making its way over to Steam. The $4.99-per-month service will be available on Valve’s service to cheaply play many EA titles.