When discussion of the different consoles comes up among gamers, it’s not unusual for a civil debate to turn hostile. Lately, a similar battle has been taking place among gamers in regards to digital distribution services Steam and Origin. While Steam is no doubt one of the most well-known services, EA’s connection to Origin has recently drawn many gamers through game exclusivity. Even though the release of Mass Effect 3 is still in the distance, EA has just announced a new Origin exclusive.
For gamers that are thinking about picking Mass Effect 3 up for the PC next year and are interested in purchasing the Deluxe Edition – they will not have a choice of distribution services. EA has just announced that this special edition of the hotly anticipated action RPG will be exclusive to their Origin distribution service.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though. If Origin is to compete with a well-established service like Steam, they are going to have to offer gamers exclusive content. Included in the Mass Effect 3 Deluxe Edition are three in-game items: the N7 Arsenal Pack, the Robotic Dog and the Squadmate Alternate Outfit Pack. The price of the Deluxe Edition will be $79.99, although this seems to be rather high considering it will only offer three additional items.
Regardless of whether the hefty price is worth it though, what’s bugging many PC gamers is that the idea behind the console war is becoming ever more prevalent in their realm. While it is currently to a lesser degree, the competition between Steam and Origin may only serve to hurt gamers who like to have choices regarding which service to use. As exclusives get larger, gamers may be forced to split their collections between these two services, defeating the purpose of having everything together in one place.
Luckily though, there has been no word as to whether Mass Effect 3 will be an Origin exclusive on PC. If so, there’s no doubt that there will be many angry PC gamers. As it stands though, it seems that the Deluxe Edition is the only exclusive that Origin will be getting for the game. This will still allow gamers the ever important choice of which service they want to use.
With redesigned squadmates and more agressive, reactive enemies, Mass Effect 3 is really shaping up to be one of the biggest titles of 2012 and with the Mass Effect universe continuing after Commander Shepard with Mass Effect 4, gamers will have more to look forward to even after the wait for the next release is over.
Do you think that the items offered by the Mass Effect 3 Deluxe Edition are worth the price? Are you worried that competition between Steam and Origin could hurt gamers in the future?
Mass Effect 3 hits shelves on March 6, 2012 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.