In an interesting week as it is, Steam have suffered a blow in the cold war between online distribution services by loosing a selection of EA titles Crysis 2, Alice Madness Returns, and rights to Battlefield 3.
Steam users pointed directly to the Origin service provided by EA themselves claiming they were trying to tie everyone in to Origin, however two things arose to counter this argument, firstly all the above games are still with Direct2Drive and Gamersgate, which Direct2Drive quickly capitalized on via Facebook and on their site with ‘Not on Steam’ banners to the games and also EA gave a statement to Gamefront stating that they didn’t pull Crysis 2 but instead it was Steam under the terms of their new agreement in which EA apparently violated:
It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA.
Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.
Crysis 2 continues to be available on several other download services including GameStop, Amazon, Origin.com and more.
EA aren’t the only ones with titles ‘missing’ from the service: Bethesda’s Brink and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge despite heavy presence on Steam up until release never appeared on the UK service, while THQ’s Red Faction: Armageddon is still MIA without word.
Has Valve finally ran out of steam in their domination of the online digital service control with this new rule set? Or is there something planned that we are not seeing?