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Crysis 2 gone from Steam, appears on Origin

Wed 15 Jun 2011 9:35am GMT / 5:35am EDT / 2:35am PDT
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Recent FPS Crysis 2 has disappeared from the Steam store and has instead become available via EA's own proprietary Origin online outlet, a move which may indicate that other EA games are soon to follow suit.

Whilst the title is still available from other digital download sites such as Direct2Drive and Impulse, new 'Only on Origin' branding attached to Crytek's game, as well as Alice: Madness Returns, seems to indicate that the titles are on their way to becoming Origin exclusives.

Other EA titles are still on sale via Steam, but a distinct lack of promotion for Battlefield 3, due on PC this Autumn, would also seem to support the theory that many of EA's big IPs will become Origin only. Forthcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has already been confirmed as an Origin download exclusive.

Origin launched recently as a replacement for the EA Store, combining a number of social elements with a download service and stat tracking mechanics. As part of the service, EA is offering free in-depth social and stat tracking services for Battlefield 3, intended to directly undermine Activision's paid-for CoD subscription service, Elite.

Both Valve and Electronic Arts have been contacted for further clarification on the issue.

9 Comments

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

1,199 317 0.3
Ok. So what happens to people who have bought Crysis 2 through Steam, and need to download again in the future? Will it still be available to download? Or will they get some link to authenticate an origin version?

What will happen to EA's position publishing console versions of Valve titles?

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Chris Gilroy

10 0 0.0
I really can't see how this is going to benefit consumers... or EA, for that matter.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Steven Wemyss
Senior QA Engineer

32 31 1.0
Andrew, it still stays listed on your own Steam account it's just de-listed from the shop so no new people can buy it via Steam.

The problem I have with this is that EA are building in their own Social aspects to the service ala Steam, you can bet Activision etc will want their own variations as they sure aint going to put their stuff for sale on an EA service...are we really going to end up having multiple different downloaders and "social apps" all running at the same time?

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Tom Pickard
Lead Environment Artist - Campaign Map

308 382 1.2
EA are making the assumption their brands are big enough to make Users go directly to them to cut out the margin valve or any other retailer takes. They're missing the point that steam works so well by because it has everything, it's "wallmart" it brings extra revenue through constantly having products on show and in your face, and having a massive online community and good well trusted store set up. And that gamers don't want another bloated sytem to buy a game, also does it bring new horrific DRM with it? like Ubisofts woeful attempts that penalised paying customers?. From a business perspective It makes sense for a big publisher to test the water. But EA store left a bad taste in my mouth after buying some Battlefield Vietnam DLC and it never working despite contacting their support. Unlike steam where through support I've had refunds and full support for games that havent worked. This will only work well If Origin offers something new that people actually want.

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Terence Gage
Freelance writer

1,288 120 0.1
Surely this will only really hurt their sales in the short to medium term? I mean, maybe they really do have it sussed and Origin will win some market share in the next few years, but to maximise sales surely they'd be best to keep it on Steam but put it on Origin as well with either a lower cost (maybe 20% off to reflect their bigger margin) and/or some desirable extras to entice customers over.

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Graham Simpson
Tea boy

220 7 0.0
Stupid, stupid move if this is EA's future policy. The gamer should be allowed to choose the platform he/she plays on. Reducing the ways you can play a game is just commercial suicide. It's not a A + B equation. By not offering BF3 (for example) on Steam will not translate to the same number of subsequent purchases on Origin. This is a step backwards for PC game retail after it was going so well. At least it guarantees packaged goods are here to stay. Look's like I'll be getting a BF3 box after all....

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Richard Westmoreland
Game Desginer

140 90 0.6
This is a worrying move. I'm not interested in using Origin, so I guess EA won't have my custom until they go back to using Steam.

Posted:2 years ago

#8

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

929 150 0.2
Oh....and here I was sitting here waiting for the price to go down first on Steam. He who snoozes loses!

Posted:2 years ago

#9

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