EA Confirms No Battlefield 3 on Steam

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EA Confirms No Battlefield 3 on Steam

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Electronic Arts has confirmed that Battlefield 3 will not be released on Steam.

A list of digital distributors carrying EA's upcoming Battlefield 3 turned up in mid-July and then disappeared without a word, but before it could slip out of sight a few sharp-eyed observers noticed that Steam was not among them. In light of the recent Origin-slash-DLC-fueled passive-aggressive dust-up between EA and Valve, most people came to the obvious conclusion: no Battlefield 3 on Steam.

To nobody's great surprise, that is in fact the situation, as EA has confirmed with Kotaku that the game will not be on Valve's digital platform. "Battlefield 3 will not be available on Steam as the service restricts our ability to directly support players," a rep said. "The service limits our ability to deliver patches and downloadable content directly to players. No other download service has adopted these practices. At EA, supporting our players is a top priority, and we are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our own consumers."

If that has a ring of familiarity to it, it's likely because it's basically the same thing EA said about the earlier disappearances from Steam of Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2. But both of those games had been out for awhile prior to their removal, whereas Battlefield 3, barring a change of heart [and policies], will never go near it. That could be a boon for EA's fledgling Origin platform - or it could be a stick in the spokes of its effort to knock Modern Warfare from its perch atop the genre.

Battlefield 3 comes out on October 25 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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This will surely boost sales!

"EA Confirms it will be a Jackass"
Top story.

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Because it's harder to connect with players? On the most loved digital collection program ever made for games- the one that automatically updates ALL of the games that you have installed on them the second the updates come out, and that updates them anyways the very second you install them?

So before all the steam lovers start bashing EA. This is not EA's fault as the article says the game will be available on many different on-line services, just not steam. So it is not like EA are trying to make it exclusive so they can put others out of business. The real issue is Steam's terms being more restrictive than other on-line services.

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Now that it's not on Steam,I officially don't give a shit about it. Because I am not downloading EA's stupid ass attempt to trump Valve just to play a first person shooter.

I'm just hoping EA don't pull more of their games off Steam and other publishers don't follow suit in creating their own digital distribution platforms. I suppose with time Battle.net will become the Activision equivalent, but I can't help but feeling that we consumers will be the worse off for all these pointless quarrels.

Alphakirby:

Now that it's not on Steam,I officially don't give a shit about it. Because I am not downloading EA's stupid ass attempt to trump Valve just to play a first person shooter.

Congratulations for not reading the article.

ph0b0s123:
So before all the steam lovers start bashing EA. This is not EA's fault as the article says the game will be available on many different on-line services, just not steam. So it is not like EA are trying to make it exclusive so they can put others out of business. The real issue is Steam's terms being more restrictive than other on-line services.

the only real competitor is steam, its the biggest online distribution platform, and its a dick move to not release the game on it. bad company 2 worked fine on it.

"The service limits our ability to deliver patches and downloadable content directly to players."

You have to give EA's people props for being able to lie so easily. Most people have at least some compunction about lying, being moral, ethical, or what have you. EA? Nothing but straight (-up deceptive) talk.

*Reads article*

So... What was that about beating Call of Duty in sales?

Congratulations EA, you just killed your PC fanbase and it isn't coming back. Not that it was going to outsell more than MW3 (though it's probably better than MW3), but now it's certainly not going to.

Good thing I wasn't hell-bent on getting this.

You don't need to use Origin to play Battlefield 3.
Getting a Retail copy or just using any of the other half a dozen Digital Distributors out there it will appear on like Direct2Drive or GamersGate will do the trick just fine.

It won't take any of your experience away as Battlefield has always had Stat Tracking/Achievements/Friends List/Clan Support/Voice and a lot of other things packaged directly with the game for a while. What you would do by buying it on Steam is just adding another DRM on top of it you would have to run whenever you want to play the game...

Hell if you are such a ... "fan" of Steam, you can even use the "Add a Non-Steam Game" feature and you'll be able to use the Overlay and talk to your friends and do everything else you always do anyway... ffs...

Why the hell am I not reading News about "Diablo 3 not on Steam" or "Minecraft not on Steam" (or any of the other dozen/hundred of games out there that don't appear on Steam) which should be getting the same kind of baseless vitriol as this?

I don't see the big deal to be honnest. Sure having it on steam would be better but who is to say origin isnt gonna work? Aslong as I can play the game and enjoy it without any big problems its fine by me.

y'know. im all for competitions and shit, as long as its healthy.
but so far the things i've read about EA and Origins, it points otherwise.
i'll just watch where this goes..

Alphakirby:

Now that it's not on Steam,I officially don't give a shit about it. Because I am not downloading EA's stupid ass attempt to trump Valve just to play a first person shooter.

You dont need Origin to play BF3, you can buy retail (or from another service) and play it without ever touching Origin.

Honestly, I've dl'ed origin, and can see no problems with it as yet. And some competition to Steam is never a bad thing. Capitalism folks, get used to it.

Unless you live in China or North Korea.

Maybe, if we're lucky, EA will shoot itself in the head instead of the foot.

Stop playing the victim you assholes. You know what happened the last time you tried to sell your DLC ingame? The salesman in Dragon Age: Origins? Yeah, people hated that then. Blaming Valve for not being able to do that isn't going to win you sympathy.

Let me just translate this title for ya'll.

"This just in, Battlefield 3 sales on the PC tank!"

I feel like giving the "Darth Vader cry", but I sort of aren't that hyped about Battlefield 3, to be honest. I guess Skyrim grabbed it all to itself.

What, issues with downloadable content? Oh yeah because games like Magicka, Dragon Age: Origins, Fallout: New Vegas and Borderlands have so many issues with delivering DLC and other services all thanks to Steam. Riiiiight...

Look EA, pulling it from Steam is one thing, just talking plain bullshit about why you did it is going too far. Whatever EA, as long as it doesn't hamper the quality of the game I don't care what you do.

Alphakirby:
Now that it's not on Steam,I officially don't give a shit about it. Because I am not downloading EA's stupid ass attempt to trump Valve just to play a first person shooter.

minimacker:
I feel like giving the "Darth Vader cry", but I sort of aren't that hyped about Battlefield 3, to be honest. I guess Skyrim grabbed it all to itself.

*sigh, monotous voice because he repeated this so many times*

You can still get it in a (web)shop if you like. No need to buy it from EA's crappy store.

"The service limits our ability to deliver patches and downloadable content directly to players."

Bull crap EA. You aren't doing this for the players. If you were, you'd have it on Steam as well.

Dexter111:
You don't need to use Origin to play Battlefield 3.

Its pointless to try to use logic with these people. If they are to stupid to read the article then you pointing it out wont help. Its sad but thats the way it is. Not to mention half of them are just using this and their blind stupidity to insult EA and origin.

Valve's policy is having all DLC for titles sold on their Steam platform available for purchase directly via Steam. Opportunistic, yes, but also practical for the consumer.
EA's policy is to cut out the middle-man, regardless of how that might impact the consumer.

Remember the Time Trial DLC for Mirror's Edge? EA wouldn't make it available for or even compatible with a Steam copy of the game, causing a great amount of discontent on the Steam support forums. I wouldn't be surprised if that is what caused Valve to introduce this policy of being capable of supplying all related content in the first place.

Is either being an "evil" coroporation here? Not really. At least no more "evil" than corporatism is in and of itself.
But I'd say there's a clear distinction here between those who act in the best interest of the consumer, and those who do not.

Dexter111:

Why the hell am I not reading News about "Diablo 3 not on Steam" or "Minecraft not on Steam" (or any of the other dozen/hundred of games out there that don't appear on Steam) which should be getting the same kind of baseless vitriol as this?

Because Blizzard and Notch haven't been going on about how those games are going to outsell their hugely popular competitors, and a large percentage of the PC-gaming population buys off Steam almost exclusively. It's not that EA is hurting their sales, it's that they're hurting their sales while going on about how great their sales are going to be.

The only game from EA I care about is Mass Effect 3 and if the game itself is a worthy conclusion to the series and not rubbish then I will get no matter if I have to get it from origin or any other place

Dexter111:
You don't need to use Origin to play Battlefield 3.
Getting a Retail copy or just using any of the other half a dozen Digital Distributors out there it will appear on like Direct2Drive or GamersGate will do the trick just fine.

It won't take any of your experience away as Battlefield has always had Stat Tracking/Achievements/Friends List/Clan Support/Voice and a lot of other things packaged directly with the game for a while. What you would do by buying it on Steam is just adding another DRM on top of it you would have to run whenever you want to play the game...

Hell if you are such a ... "fan" of Steam, you can even use the "Add a Non-Steam Game" feature and you'll be able to use the Overlay and talk to your friends and do everything else you always do anyway... ffs...

Why the hell am I not reading News about "Diablo 3 not on Steam" or "Minecraft not on Steam" which should be getting the same kind of baseless vitriol as this?

QFT.

I'm not super familiar with Steam's internal workings, but I do know that Torchlight has tools to make mods for the game, and if you have the steam version, your mod has to support some changes made in the steam version of the game. Yeah, I think EA is blowing this out of proportion, but I am glad to see someone standing up to Steam.

Yes I have games on Steam. Do I try to avoid that whenever possible? also yes.

What a ridiculously stupid decision this is.

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ph0b0s123:
So before all the steam lovers start bashing EA. This is not EA's fault as the article says the game will be available on many different on-line services, just not steam. So it is not like EA are trying to make it exclusive so they can put others out of business. The real issue is Steam's terms being more restrictive than other on-line services.

the only real competitor is steam, its the biggest online distribution platform, and its a dick move to not release the game on it. bad company 2 worked fine on it.

Did you just read the comment, and decide to reply but ignore anything the original poster said?

So, let me get this straight. EA want to release the game on Origin, a few other DD services, and on Steam. Steam says no, only on our platform or not at all. And EAs pulling the dick move here? Right.

But let me guess, you didnt read the article, checked the comments section and saw that all the cool kids were hating on EA so you decided to do the same. Yep, that must be it. Because if you actually had read the article before making a reply, you would have noticed that BF3 does not need Origin installed to run.

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Steam, Origin, whats the fucking difference. Yes, Steam has good sales, but other than that, its two identical pieces of DRM with a different interface. Big fucking deal. The amount of fucks I give can be counted on the hand of a guy who lost all his fingers in an accident.

Does anyone else get this feeling that this is directly related to the fact that EA only likes customers who pay shiv and leg out the ass for DLC and steam has a funny tenancy to like to go and sell "Super bundles"?

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Really, did anyone NOT see this coming?

Now, there is little chance for me to get BF3 on the PC. I'm sorry, but every encounter I have with an EA PC or Online service has been nothing but shit. I regard almost all of their online services as the worst ones I've had to put up with, and am not going to continue to try them after several problems I've had before.

Guess I'm getting my copy for XBox.

Dense_Electric:
Because Blizzard and Notch haven't been going on about how those games are going to outsell their hugely popular competitors, and a large percentage of the PC-gaming population buys off Steam almost exclusively. It's not that EA is hurting their sales, it's that they're hurting their sales while going on about how great their sales are going to be.

What does one thing have to do with the other?
Even before E3 GameStop announced that the Battlefield 3 Pre-Orders are at a larger number than Modern Warfare 3: http://theparanoidgamer.com/battlefield-3-currently-outselling-mw3/

Just a few weeks ago EA announced that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 sold 9 million copies and that the Battlefield 3 Pre-Orders are 10 times that of their Bad Company 2 Pre-Orders back in the day: http://www.neoseeker.com/news/16973-bad-company-2-sales-total-9m-battlefield-3-pre-orders-now-10-times-bc2/

I'm getting my copy from Amazon.co.uk cause it's cheaper there and would do the same even if it was on Steam because it is cheaper there like almost any other new Release nowadays...

drakythe:
Yes I have games on Steam. Do I try to avoid that whenever possible? also yes.

I have over 250 games on Steam and I honestly don't get this either xD Indie games, cheap games, older games or Sales etc. on Steam... sure why not. But why the hell would I buy a new game at an increased price rate only to get a version of the game I don't really own physically or I might lose if I lose my account for whatever reason instead of getting the cheaper one Retail? xD

Easton Dark:
"The service limits our ability to deliver patches and downloadable content directly to players."

Bull crap EA. You aren't doing this for the players. If you were, you'd have it on Steam as well.

Seconded, not to mention a rough 30% if not more of the PC market were anticipating a Steam release.

And, also, Steam is the easiest way to deliver patches, takes like 10 seconds and does it instantly, and no traipsing around websites.

Dexter111:
You don't need to use Origin to play Battlefield 3.
Getting a Retail copy or just using any of the other half a dozen Digital Distributors out there it will appear on like Direct2Drive or GamersGate will do the trick just fine.

It won't take any of your experience away as Battlefield has always had Stat Tracking/Achievements/Friends List/Clan Support/Voice and a lot of other things packaged directly with the game for a while. What you would do by buying it on Steam is just adding another DRM on top of it you would have to run whenever you want to play the game...

Hell if you are such a ... "fan" of Steam, you can even use the "Add a Non-Steam Game" feature and you'll be able to use the Overlay and talk to your friends and do everything else you always do anyway... ffs...

Why the hell am I not reading News about "Diablo 3 not on Steam" or "Minecraft not on Steam" (or any of the other dozen/hundred of games out there that don't appear on Steam) which should be getting the same kind of baseless vitriol as this?

The concern is more that Steam is the biggest digital distributor by a mile, and thusly they are alienating a big portion of the online community. Sure, you could use another online distributor but seriously, who wants to have to log into 5 different programs to play different games? It's a waste of time.

Another thing is that Steam is well known for the fact that it patches automatically; as a PC gamer I know how annoying it is to hunt down patch after patch after patch from sources whose reliability is dubious.

It's convenience. EA's meddling, incidentally, is inconvenient.

Also, anyone else find it funny that EA of all people are the guys complaining about a publisher being a money-grubbing scumbag?

They say it's too restrictive, but what they mean is it's a serious competitor to Origin. The reason they're not pulling it from other distribution channels is that they don't take them seriously.

Dexter111:

Why the hell am I not reading News about "Diablo 3 not on Steam" or "Minecraft not on Steam" (or any of the other dozen/hundred of games out there that don't appear on Steam) which should be getting the same kind of baseless vitriol as this?

It may have something to do with the fact that they're not bragging about it, and it's not a significant change. Blizzard's games have never been on Steam, and neither have Mojang's. EA, on the other hand, seems to be going out of their way to say "nyeh nyeh, we're better than Valve".

Not to mention, it IS a poor decision. A lot of people buy all their PC games from Steam for one reason or another. I usually buy thing's when they're on sale, and Steam tends to put games on sale a LOT more often than some of its competitors.

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