You Will Use Origin For Mass Effect 3!

You Will Use Origin For Mass Effect 3!

If you’re a PC gamer, are itching to get your paws on Mass Effect 3 and have been avoiding EA’s Origin service, you’re probably not going to be pleased.

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The Battlefield Shall Be Digital, But Not On Steam

The Battlefield Shall Be Digital, But Not On Steam

If you haven’t heard already, EA and Valve, the people behind download distribution super-giant Steam, are recently having a bit of a spat – a spat that threatens to turn out into an all out war. Well the pre-battle has taken another turn today as EA has confirmed that Battlefield 3 will not appear on Steam, citing that the service “restricts our ability to directly support players.”

EA is recently actively pushing for their own download service, EA Origin, to become a direct rival to Steam. They’ve recently taken some of their titles such as Star Wars the Old Republic and are offering them exclusively only through Origin, shunning other download platforms such as Steam.

The decision to not retail Battlefield 3 through Steam seems to come through a dispute over Valve’s terms and conditions for developers when they upload games to Steam – EA seems to believe that they’re far too restrictive, and as such has decided to take Battlefield 3 away from Steam.

In a post on the EA forums discovered by Eurogamer, an EA spokesperson had the following to say:

“We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers.

“Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.

“No other download service has adopted these practices.”

So there you have it – EA isn’t happy that Steam forces you into retaling your patches and DLC exclusively through the Steam client, which isn’t surprising given that they’re trying to actively push Origin as a rival. Things are rapidly hotting up in this war of digital distribution – it’s only a matter of time before it all explodes into the first all-out game war of the 21st century.

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Pre-Order Battlefield 3 On Origin For Early Beta Access

Pre-Order Battlefield 3 On Origin For Early Beta Access

Are you absolutely itching to have a go at Battlefield 3? Do you spend your evenings silently cursing those lucky select few who are already testing the game at alpha level, one day swearing your revenge upon their souls? Ok, probably not, but if you are interested in playing Battlefield 3 before the official release date, there is a way!

Those in the US of A who use EA’s new online distribution service, Origin, may well have been surprised to see that pre-ordering Battlefield 3 now promises the user early access to the beta, which is apparently in the works to be released this September, just before the games’ official release.  It’s the latest in a string of exclusive incentives from Origin, including being the only online distribution platform where it is possible to obtain a copy of the highly anticipated MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Eurogamer did some digging and found out that this incentive is not offered in the UK, instead gamers trying to pre-order the title from a UK residence will only be offered the Back to Karkand expansion, Physical Warfare weapon pack and items for Battlefield Play4Free. Of course, this could be subject to change as it’s more than a bit unfair for DICE to focus on just one country, but we’ll have to wait and see whether the incentive will also be offered to UK gamers as well.

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