Electronic Arts games will be published on Valve’s Steam once again.
After a few weeks of speculations and a solid tease by Electronic Arts itself, it is officially confirmed that the company is bringing its titles back to Steam.
The first game is the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order which will be available on 15 November on Steam as well as Origin, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The latest entry in the highly popular Star Wars series is not the only one already planned to debut on Steam as Electronic Arts wants to bring more titles in the future.
In the coming months, Steam users can also purchase The Sims 4 and Unravel Two. In addition to these games, multiplayer titles such as Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V will also make their way to Steam next year.
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In spring 2020, EA Access, the company’s subscription service, will also be available on Steam making it the fourth platform featuring EA Access after Origin, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. EA Access will also be the only subscription service available on Steam. Electronic Arts’ EA Access program allows players to get their hands on a huge library of games, discounts, early trials, various member benefits, expansions, and more for just $4.99 a month ($29.99 a year).
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s Steam page is already up and available to pre-order but one thing that caught our eyes is the fact that Steam page states Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order incorporates 3rd-party DRM. This means that in order to launch the game you will have to have the Origin client on your system and EA on-line activation is also required. In other words, you buy the game on Steam and when you want to play it, Steam launches it via Electronic Arts’ own Origin similar to what Ubisoft is doing with UPlay. Origin will most likely run in the background to make the whole process seamless.
Valve’s Gabe Newell says:
“This is a good day for gamers. We’re excited to partner with EA to not only bring their great games and subscription service to Steam but also to open up our communities to each other in an unprecedented way that will benefit players and developers around the world.”
And Mike Blank, Electronic Arts’ Senior Vice President continues:
“At the core, we are game makers, and our aspiration is to connect as many people as we can to the great games that we built and make it as frictionless as possible for them to do that. So with more players playing more games and more platforms, frankly, we want to be where the players are.”
Another interesting thing is that according to the official reveal, Origin and Steam players will be able to play together. There are no further details about this but Electronic Arts promised to share more light on the whole partnership in the future.
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