EA seemingly hints at a return to Steam

Just over eight years ago, Electronic Arts waved goodbye to Valve’s digital storefront as it launched its own digital storefront, Origin. Now it looks like EA is getting ready to return to Steam if a couple of hints mean what they seem like they do.

The most recent hint comes from a tweet posted by EA itself. This hint should be taken with a grain of salt, but it sure seems like it could only be pointing at one thing:

In this image, there’s only one thing moving, and that’s the steam coming off of the cup. It doesn’t directly mention Steam or Valve, but it’s not a huge leap to think that this points toward a return to the service.

Second is a tweet from Twitter user @RobotBrush from last week. The user discovered a test application that appears to be for running Origin games on Steam.

Since the release of Battlefield 3, every Electronic Arts game to hit PC has been Origin exclusive, so this would be a big shift.

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Right now, the consensus seems to be that you’ll be able to buy games through Steam, but that they’ll still use the Origin launcher. If that’s true, it seems like a half-measure from the company; the frustration with Origin is as much about having to install Origin in the first place as much as it is about spending the money there.

If this is indeed happening, the timing seems just about right. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is hitting PC and console soon, and this marks the first big Star Wars release from EA since Battlefront II two years ago. Between the pile of cancelled Star Wars games and the coming release of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film, interest in a Star Wars game with a strong single-player campaign is at a fever pitch. A return now would likely spike PC sales for the game, improve EA’s tarnished image, and maybe even push back at piracy a bit.

We’ll likely know very soon whether these two items are related and whether EA is planning a return to Steam. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order hits on November 15.

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I still can’t bring myself to trust EA in anything. Not since they tried to pull that SimCity 2013 BS. It was so bad, I still remember the major players’ names, including the soothsayers on their forum. I blame every one of them for that botched launch and for ignoring the users’ complaints forcing online play with stupid-slow server infrastructure. Because of this I won’t even play Madden. Okay, well, I still can’t forgive the NFL either for their own host of sins. But that’s another matter for another day. EA makes no money from me.

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Half-Life III Confirmed!

Krogoth
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She’s dead, Jim. It is more likely a full Half-Life 1&2 reboot will happen at this rate. (Perhaps, a proper follow-up if the aforementioned reboot gets commercial success)

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They should adopt the Microsoft strategy:

* Sell to everyone on any platform
* Rent games via their own platform (EA Access / Game Pass)
* Be profitable

Unfortunately they’ll probably still do customer-hostile things like nickle and dime you via microtransactions, and there’s still the issue of EA actually creating a game I want to play, but it seems they’re making a little teeny tiny bit of progress.

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I agree with this strat. I am sure that it takes a lot to maintain their own store.

Krogoth
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HMS EA got hit by the iceberg known as Epic Games (a.k.a Tencent). They need blow off some Steam to keep afloat…..

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From the Emergency Valve……

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