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