August 8th, 2011
It's official, everyone. The highly-anticipated Battlefield 3 will not be playable from Steam, the largest PC gaming store in America, when it releases this October.
The reason: "Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content," EA said on its official forums over the weekend.
It's unclear what exactly that entails, but Gaming Blend surmises it has something to do with EA digital's strict terms of service, in which the company reserves the right to "cancel or close" access to a game that hasn't been played in at least two years.
"I like to think of (the news) more-so as 'Valve won't let us screw PC gamers over, so Battlefield 3 won't be on Steam,'" writes William Usher.
Unlike EA's own terms of service, Steam let's players access their games indefinitely, regardless of activity.
Reacted one gamer, "Will be passing until I see this on the Steam front page. I dont want my library spread across multiple distributors (especially not EA's Origin)."
No mind, said another. "I couldn't care less. Steam, Origin, whatever... As long as I can get the game... Even if it means having to order a physical dvd, or even more crazy, driving to the store."
The news comes as EA has increasingly pulled its games, including pre-orders of Battlefield 3, from the popular Steam catalog in recent months. Nevertheless, EA says they "hope to work out an agreement" where Steam might someday carry Battlefield 3.
What do you think of the news?