Mass Effect 3 Requires Origin, Won’t Be on Steam
It seems that BioWare’s upcoming action-RPG Mass Effect 3 won’t be made available on Steam, and will also require a one-time connection to EA’s Origin service to activate—which is true for even physical copies of the game. The news comes from a post on Eurogamer today.
Now where have I heard this before…?
Oh, yeah, it was way back in July, when the very first story I wrote for this blog was about how EA’s Battlefield 3 wouldn’t be appearing on Steam due to a disagreement between the two companies about how to handle DLC and patches.
Here’s the statement from BioWare’s Chris Priestly on the reason for side-stepping Steam:
“Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.”
Let’s all remember, of course, that BioWare is owned by Electronic Arts.
In addition, Priestly explained why the game will need to connect to Origin, and that, in fact, Origin is definitely not spyware that will eat your computer’s soul:
“Origin is not spyware and does not use or install spyware on user’s machines. In order to allow Origin to install games and their patches for everyone to use, Origin implements a permission change that results in Windows, not Origin, reviewing the file names in the Program data/Origin folder. This is an ordinary Windows function, not an information-gathering process.”
But you know what’s kind of a bad sign? Having to say over and over again that your game-playing platform WON’T harm your computer. Doesn’t that kind of point to a larger problem with your service? Maybe instead of always defending something, it might be a good idea to listen to consumers’ concerns and try to find a legitimate fix for what people perceive to be a problem…just thinking out loud. Pay me no mind.
The Eurogamer post points out that two of EA’s other titles, Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 were removed from Steam in 2011 because of this disagreement. Despite the many intervening months, the rift between the two companies has yet to be repaired.
Will this affect your potential purchase of Mass Effect 3?