‘Battlefield 3′ Might Still Be Available on Steam

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:04 pm,

Battlefield 3 Might Still Be Coming to Steam

While many figured that after the debacle with Dragon Age II DLC that Electronic Arts would longer be supporting digital platform Steam in their future endeavors, it looks like the bridge to friendship has been constructed once again.

Previously we had reported that Battlefield 3 would not be coming to Steam because of the problems EA encountered with providing DLC, but apparently an agreement is trying to be reached. It’s still pretty late in the game so this could very well not happen, but, if it does, it calls into question the forced use of EA’s Origin service.

Early announcements from EA had suggested that if a PC player, who picked the game up at retail, wanted to partake in Battlefield 3 that they would need to have Origin installed on their PC. But if Steam were approved to sell Battlefield 3, would that stipulation still be required?

There’s still some mystery surrounding this rumor as it comes to us from an anonymous Valve source that reached out to BF3 Blog, but it definitely seems possible that EA and Steam would be able to reach an agreement. What that agreement would mean for DLC in Battlefield 3, we cannot say, but we hope it doesn’t simply push gamers to Origin — thus defeating the point.

There’s been a tremendous amount of fanfare surrounding Battlefield 3 as of late, what with the release of the game’s multiplayer beta and subsequent fan disappointment, but we still hold firm that this will be one of the biggest games of the year. While providing that game in its optimal state, the PC version, to the most venues possible is always the goal in gaming, we hope that nothing gets lost in the paperwork.

If Battlefield 3 does become available on Steam would that alter your digital purchase plans? If there was a greater incentive to use Origin would you still use EA’s newer service?

Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: BF3 Blog

TAGS: Battlefield, Battlefield 3, Electronic Arts, Origin, PC, Steam, Valve

  • B100DLUST

    I planned on pre-ordering on Origin just because I wanted it for PC. I really enjoy Steam though, but who knows what issues Steam may have since they may be adding it so late. I will probably still just get it through Origin, how I am undecided.

  • Ignur Rant

    Anyone play the beta? Hearing a lot of negative feedback.

    • Blaze

      Meh, a beta is a beta. They’ve got alot to improve on bugs/graphics wise, but I think most people were just dissapointed with Operation Metro (the main beta map). It was a very linear map and seemed kinda boring which is pretty rare for the battlefield series. Caspian Border on the other hand looks pretty incredible. Hopefully more maps will look and perform like Caspian Border than Operation Metro.

      • ATG

        I like Operation Metro because it offers a variety of gameplay styles through the park, the subway, and the city, and whether or not you’re offense or defense. Switching up strategy is a must. PC version has very rare bugs. The console (being an old build) is infested with bugs. If you’re on the fence, wait for reviews.

        Don’t listen to people, it’s not run and gun or like COD at all. Besides, run and gun is player style, not game style.

  • ATG

    I think the only people disappointed in the game were on console.

    • iDancethroughshadoWs

      i had my problems with it on ps3 yes. but im not disappointed. im blown away. besides i realize they released an old build that has a lot of problems that have already been fixed like a month ago. the beta was just for testing their servers.

      • SV

        Yeah exactly what I was going to say. This isnt a beta for the game, its a essentially a test of their servers/backend. While it is really glitchy on PS3, I still love it 😀

        • ATG

          Have you seen the more recent build of the PS3 version on the mape Grand Bazaar? Check it out at IGN.com, it looks real nice! Much better than the beta (at least on my phone)

  • blitzkaiser

    consider plz! D

  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    It’s be a great move by EA to get BF3 on Steam, otherwise it’s over – all PC gamers who want their product will be forced to deal with Origin in addition to Steam.

    • ATG

      Why does everyone say “deal” with Origin like its an issue? Just curious.

      • iDancethroughshadoWs

        bc it is. its a chore to switch from steam then to origin, it takes up resources, origin has what 20 games steam has thousands. its a joke really.

        • ATG

          Honestly that makes you guys sound lazy. I have steam and origin and no issues using both. I just can’t see what the big deal is. Sure Origin isn’t as good as Steam but I get to play my games either way, takes only a few seconds to open either one. But I guess since PC gamers seem to be used to doing things their way, its hard for some to accept it. I’ve seen people say they not going to buy it because of Origin which is the dumbest thing I’ve heard. To each their own I guess.

          • Mike


  • jwalka

    the beta is over a month old, people crying about it not being ‘super awesome’ are nitpicky girls. almost all the visual bugs and glitches have been cleared, the only real reason for this beta is to test the servers (which are dedicated hence why people die so fast).

    i couldn’t care less for this steam bs, not a fan of their ‘service’ and i game on console, so it doesn’t bother/effect me. it seems kinda childish how people cbf making an origin account, when its pretty much ea’s version of steam.

  • tod nice bod

    steam is better then xbox live or psn.first person shooters are meant to be played on a pc.

    • iDancethroughshadoWs


  • White

    I think they really shouldn’t put Battlefield 3 on Steam, stick with origins it has some potential! the map is aiight, but beta are beta’s i believe..