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Gettin' Steam-y: EA Games, Origin Cross-Platform Play Coming to Steam

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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Electronic Arts (EA) today announced that its games and EA Access subscription service is coming to Steam. The company said this makes EA Access the first--and so far only--game subscription service on Valve's platform.

EA was one of many companies to create its own game marketplace, subscription platform and launcher to compete with Steam. The company made its games exclusive through the EA Origin app and has entertained the idea of launching its own game streaming service, like Google Stadia, as well.

But the reality is that many Steam customers aren't looking for another one-stop-shop for all their games. The concept by definition makes it hard to justify using multiple solutions. Rather than continuing to lose access to that market, EA decided to partner with Valve, and that partnership will actually bring them closer than ever.

EA Access will debut on Steam next spring. In the meantime, Epic's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game is available for pre-order on the Steam, with the game hitting both Origin and Steam on November 15. EA also plans to make single-player titles like The Sims 4 and Unravel Two available on Steam "in the coming months."

Multiplayer titles, like Apex Legends, FIFA 20 and Battlefield V, won't hit Steam until "next year." The wait should be worth it, though, because EA said that Origin and Steam players will be able to play those games with each other. We suspect the delay results from whatever cross-platform integrations are needed to make that happen.

It would be hard to describe this as anything but a win for EA customers and Steam users alike. The former can now choose which platform they want to use; the latter won't miss out on popular titles like Apex Legends. It will also be interesting to see if other publishers follow EA's lead in extending an olive branch to Valve in the future.

As if the announcement didn't make the partnership official enough, EA's already updated the pre-order page for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on PC with the option of purchasing the game via Origin or Steam. The company said that more details about its partnership with Valve will be revealed "in the coming weeks and months."

  • bigdragon
    This is definitely good news for both EA and Valve. EA's reliance on the Frostbite engine means the Epic store's benefits aren't as relevant to them. The larger audience of Steam matters.

    However, EA hasn't produced a game worth playing in a long time. I've participated in many beta demos over the years. EA games tend to combine all the worst aspects of gaming into over-monetized products. I simply don't have the time to play EA games because they demand too much of it.
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  • howardp6
    bigdragon said:
    This is definitely good news for both EA and Valve. EA's reliance on the Frostbite engine means the Epic store's benefits aren't as relevant to them. The larger audience of Steam matters.

    However, EA hasn't produced a game worth playing in a long time. I've participated in many beta demos over the years. EA games tend to combine all the worst aspects of gaming into over-monetized products. I simply don't have the time to play EA games because they demand too much of it.
    I would not buy another EA Games product, whether it is on Origin or Stream. The last game I purchased was Mass Effect Andromeda, it had some issues, most were fixed, EA Games dropped the game beacuse of the bad press. Anthem came out, with a lot of issues. Until EA Games comes out with a product that works and is supported I will not buy any of their products.
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  • jakjawagon
    The Steam page for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order contains the following:
    Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: EA on-line activation and Origin client software installation and background use required.
    It looks like buying an EA game from Steam basically gets you the game on Origin, with the option of launching it through Steam via Origin. Same as with Uplay.
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  • bigdragon
    howardp6 said:
    I would not buy another EA Games product, whether it is on Origin or Stream. The last game I purchased was Mass Effect Andromeda, it had some issues, most were fixed, EA Games dropped the game beacuse of the bad press. Anthem came out, with a lot of issues. Until EA Games comes out with a product that works and is supported I will not buy any of their products.
    The last EA game I bought was Battlefield 3 way back in 2011. I've participated in many beta demos since then, but haven't put money into any EA game since. The games are released unfinished, over-monetized, too grindy, too much work, not adequately entertaining, and commonly get wrecked by patches. I don't think EA makes games for regular players anymore -- they make games for full-time gamer streamers. I'm unwilling to dedicate that amount of time and money to an entertainment product.

    Sadly, everything I'm reading about what EA has planned indicates that they're doubling down on live services and only teaming up with Steam for the larger install base. Epic gives discounts for Unreal Engine use. EA's reliance on Frostbite means Epic does not provide an expense/royalty advantage. I was hoping EA would reinvent itself or try to change direction based on this news. =/
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