Things between EA and Valve might be getting a little frosty with reports now suggesting that Battlefield 3, the latest instalment in EA's big-hitting FPS franchise, won't in fact be coming to Valve's expansive digital distribution service.
'BF3 will not be available on Steam as the service restricts our ability to directly support players,' read a statement on the game's official Twitter page. To further qualify this statement, a supplemental forum post was made, outlining EA's policy when dealing with digital distribution platforms.
'EA offers games, including Battlefield 3, to all major digital download sites. In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content. 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.'
EA has been happy to deal with Steam in the past, with a wide-ranging catalogue of their games available for download through Valve's portal, but it would appear that things have changed. 'Unfortunately,' continues the forum post, '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.'
Other publishers, apart from Valve, are banned from distributing DLC for Steam titles themselves, and it would appear to be this that EA are objecting to, although they've never really objected before. EA are of course entitled to distribute their games how they see fit, and Valve are just as entitled to run their distribution service however they want, but the timing is a little suspect.
I wonder if Origin has anything to do with this...no, of course not. That would be silly.