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Crysis 2 Pulled from Steam

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EA has pulled Crysis 2 from Steam and now offers the PC game exclusively on its just-(re)launched Origin online store.

 

Thanks to the keen eyes of numerous Steam users who noticed that Crytek's new FPS is no longer available, Electronic Arts has reportedly pulled the PC version of Crysis 2 from Valve's digital distribution platform. It now appears on EA's own revamped distribution platform called Origin as an "exclusive title."

 

Currently Crysis 2 is still up for sale on GamersGate and Direct2Drive, leading to speculation that EA may be shunning Steam specifically. Still, Alice: Madness Returns, which was launched on Tuesday, has yet to appear on Steam, and the publisher already stated last week that BioWare's upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic would be an Origin exclusive when it launches later this year. A special edition of Battlefield 3 is also slated as an Origin exclusive.

 

"In the case of Star Wars we're trying to build an audience for Origin," said EA Games president Frank Gibeau. "And it's also an opportunity for us to better manage the downloads and how we bring people over from the beta and that sort of thing. For a lot of reasons it made sense for an MMO, which is a highly complex deployment."

 

"I think long-term you'll see we believe in reach so we will have other digital retailers for out products because we want to reach as many audiences as possible," he added. "But at the same time if we can use exclusive content or other ideas to help grow our audience then we're going to do that because we're growing a platform."

 

The company confirmed on Wednesday that it plans to offer more digital titles exclusively on Origin as well as other unique Origin-specific content. Right now EA still has its own special micro-store set up on Steam's platform, offering recently-published titles like Bulletstorm, The Sims 3 Generations, Dragon Age II and many more.

 

UPDATE: EA said that Crysis 2 was pulled by Steam because of a change in its terms. "It's unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service," an EA representative clarified. "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."

 

Tom's Hardware

 

Very interesting move here by EA, though it was inevitable. Opinions?

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Looking at EA's previous comments, it does look to be permanent

 

Still surprised they're pulling a game out, instead of just not releasing new ones on Steam, e.g. Battlefield 3

Edited by nobody813

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If EA are to be believed in their statement it wasn't their choice to have the game pulled from Steam so hopefully it won't affect any future games. I myself find it hard to believe that EA would limit themselves to that extent.

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If EA are to be believed in their statement it wasn't their choice to have the game pulled from Steam so hopefully it won't affect any future games. I myself find it hard to believe that EA would limit themselves to that extent.

Yeah. Though, I don't trust EA as far as I can throw them...

 

EDIT: My sisters laptop was playing up, so I installed The Sims 3 on my PC, so she could play on mine while I fix hers

 

Asked me to install Origin, I said NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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Hopefully this does not end up being permanent, as I would want to have ME3 in my steam library.

This.

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I wonder what the alleged business terms were? "Games on steam must not be over hyped tech demos"?

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Are they trying to go head to head against Steam (which would have to mean EA doing distro for third parties too), or are they just wanting to be their own middlemen? I don't really know the supposed story here, but it's intriguing.

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I lol'd (in frustration) when I read this earlier this week.

 

It's not Origin exclusive, and apparently it is to do with a disagreement between Crytek and the Steam TOS (edit: just noticed the UPDATE in the OP - this is merely a reiteration):

 

http://www.gamefront.com/ea-pulls-crysis-2...ts-origin-only/

 

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.

Hopefully Crytek, Valve and the 3rd party download service can sort their shit out.

 

Having said that, if this spurs EA into offering more of their titles primarily through Origin I won't be surprised.

Edited by elfinke

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Are they trying to go head to head against Steam (which would have to mean EA doing distro for third parties too), or are they just wanting to be their own middlemen? I don't really know the supposed story here, but it's intriguing.

They kind of have been with their EA Store which uses a client to download games that are owned on your account, origin is similar, just on a bit bigger scale.

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God I hated EA Download Manager.

If we're forced to use Origin for EA games in the future, then let us pray that it works better than that steaming pile of shit.

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...or EA Link, I think that's what BF2142 shipped with, and the platform they offered the DLC through originally.

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Is that game doing well ATM? Especially with the second DLC arriving. I might be able to scab the game off my friend since he doesn't play it anymore.

 

I remember playing the multiplayer demo and it felt like COD 4 with a suit.

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i played crysis2 for about 3 days..its just meh..to consol'd for me <... ill play it again only when the DX11 patch drops..if it ever does

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