EA is bringing an unspecified number of games back to Steam along with the EA Access plan

Even EA's senior VP is tired of having multiple storefronts. This is our timeline.

    
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While it’s not the death of Origin, this bit of news certainly sounds like the dull, wet thud of an axe ramming into its chest. EA’s senior VP Mike Blank has told GamesIndustry that the publisher is coming back to the Steam platform, bringing with it a number of games along with the ability to purchase the EA Access plan, a subscription service that gets you access to several of EA’s titles along with other benefits.

The return of EA titles to Steam will be a slow and steady one, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order up for pre-order now, The Sims 4 and Unravel Two arriving in the next few months, and Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V due next year. Other games are expected to come to Steam soon, especially considering the EA Access plan requires titles to be on your chosen platform to even have access to said titles. As such, EA Access on Steam will be delayed until sometime next spring.

What this news doesn’t elaborate on is where other MMOs and multiplayer games in EA’s catalogue fall in with this return to Steam. Mentions of Star Wars: The Old Republic and Anthem are missing from Blank’s lips, though the former would make sense due to the steady spike of Star Wars interest with the next film and the latter is already part of EA Access’ library now. We also wonder where Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot are, though those titles may be snarled up by reams of weird industry red tape; a similar roadblock for third-party games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Darksiders III on Steam was mentioned in the source report.

Update 11:10 AM EDT
The official blog post is live on EA now too.

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Dušan Frolkovič

So, when can we expect the first triple EA title?

Evidently Amazing, an Early Access title published by Electronic Arts

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this bit of news certainly sounds like the dull, wet thud of an axe ramming into its chest.

You can’t kill it with that. The heart went out of EA with the trifold era. At one time EA was Electronic Arts. The Bard’s Tale. The Standing Stones. Starflight. Friggin’ Starflight.

That EA has been dead for a generation now. What remains is merely an emblem over a zombified husk.

Head shot is required. Double-tap just to be safe.

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IronSalamander8 .

I miss the EA from the Commodore 64 heydays. M.U.L.E., Archon, Adventure Construction Set, Mail-Order Monsters, and so many others. Of course Activision used to be great too even before that thanks to greats like Pitfall and River Raid.

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Dug From The Earth

It hasnt been THAT long people since EA was last on steam… How quickly people forget that it also required you to have Origin back then as well. As did Ubisoft with their games and U-play.

They obviously had it off of steam long enough to realize they are making less money.

The double DRM bs is frustrating though.

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MurderHobo

That was bad enough. When they started… violating some of the most iconic memories of my childhood it became so easy to divorce myself from them.

Sim City… ruined. Heroes of Might and Magic? What a disgusting performance from a once-great producer.

That essential magic has been lost to them. They can’t even replicate a pale shadow of what the people who built the name could accomplish.

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Armsbend

Big miss on EA’s earnings call today. Hopefully we get a massive layoff announcement after Halloween. Activision is next up on Nov 7th.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Sadly this was not the case:

EA reports strong quarterly results on Apex Legends, FIFA, and Madden growth

It probably means that Valve was the one reaching out EA for a deal (a better revenue cut than 80-20 is also likely).

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NeoWolf

They never really had enough of a varied catalogue of games to make Origin work on its own this was inevitable.

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oldandgrumpy

I got a survey once on Origin because I had no friends.
Fortunately for them I had a sense of humor over the way they put it. I pointed out that all my friends where on steam and not origin.

I only had origin for one of the exclusive titles and every since the account was created my friends list has remained empty.

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Jack Pipsam

It makes perfect sense really.
Ubisoft has been able to still sell on Steam this entire time even with their own client having major effort put into it since R6:Siege & Division. Steam didn’t stop Uplay from existing, it’s still required to login on their own accounts.

Microsoft has committed to Steam, now with full Xbox LIVE support on the titles. The Microsoft Store is still a thing and they made a fancy new games dedicated client currently in beta (it’s not half-bad actually), but that hasn’t stopped them from embracing Steam and cross-play on it.

EA was leaving money on the table. People will still have to use their accounts at the end of the day, so this was an obvious move.

Also interesting how it’s other major publishers who are investing in Steam over Epic more than Valve is lol.

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IronSalamander8 .

I have Origin, Steam, GoG, and Uplay on my PC. I only have Uplay for R6 siege after some of us got it on sale, and Origin is for 3 games; both Garden Warfare games and of course Battle for Neighborville.

On the Garden Warfare Reddit and the BfN forums we’re already talking about this. A lot of people really dislike Origin (and I don’t blame them, the only EA games I play anymore are these PvZ shooters), so even though like some other games you get on Steam they will likely launch through the publisher’s own launcher (i.e. Origin here, Uplay for Siege, etc.), a lot of people focus heavily on Steam so we’re hoping to see more players on the PC version of BfN. We have a healthy population as it is but more players is still better for the game’s long term prognosis.

I wouldn’t have Origin if not for these PvZ shooters in the first place. EA’s monetization drives me a way from their other games, even PvZ2 on the phone was so monetized I stopped playing it. They’ve had a much lighter touch with the PvZ shooters though. We know that the Rux store which isn’t fully in in BfN yet will use some currency that can be purchased with RL money and earned in game but not sure how it will work yet. So far the only money I’ve spent is 40 bucks (30 bucks for the founders edition of BfN and 10 more for the deluxe upgrade). If they do make this pay to win or otherwise mess it up, it’ll be time to move on though.

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Castagere Shaikura

So you launch steam and pick an EA game and the game launches Origin launcher to play. Why bother with this and just use origin if you want to play an EA game.

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dreamer

I wonder when Valve will realize that they are being used.

Sure, Valve takes a cut, but when all is said and done, the value proposition for the publishers/developers is much higher than Valve’s. So why do they allow companies like EA (or Epic) to advertise and sell games on their platform while simultaneously foisting their own platforms and DRM on the customer?

The only win seems to be for the publisher–not Valve or the customer.

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EmberStar

It’s still a win for Valve. Their entire business model is that they would rather take 30% of something than 100% of nothing, especially when it requires almost no effort on their end. If EA sells a game through Steam then Valve gets their cut of that. If someone is willing to pay $15 for a subscription service rather than actually own their game, Valve wasn’t going to get part of that anyway. And EA clearly thinks that reaching the Steam audience actually *might* be worth the hit they’ll take on whatever game brings them in the Origin door.