Will Battlefield 3 be the latest title to ignore Steam?
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EA's strange Steam-based habits get, well, stranger...
With its release believed to be just over three months away - and the World Wide Web now abuzz with updates - Battlefield 3 has become one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Amidst the constant talk regarding the CoD franchise, the rebirth of Duke Nukem and the latest reincarnation of the Zelda series, Battlefield 3 has gone about its own business, releasing the odd teaser here and apparent 'leak' there but otherwise keeping itself to itself.
However, what is has continued to do is to remind people exactly why they have missed it. Red Faction-esque destructibility, unparalleled visuals, mass online multiplayer - the list could go on. Whether you played Bad Company 2 or not was inconsequential...you respected it nevertheless. While CoD drew a larger audience, there were less problems within BC2's online environment, thus establishing a respected and dedicated following for the title. Now that's not too say that CoD was poorly supported - far from it in fact - but amidst the constant lag, glitches and server issues that came to be associated with CoD (specifically Black Ops), one could be forgiven for lamenting Activision's longitudinal franchise.
Never one too miss and opportunity, EA have been keen to speak about the technical side of BF3, promising a graphical experience unlike anything before it. Furthermore, it has promised to address any issues outstanding from BC2, whilst staying true to the games key features and areas of appeal (such as its remarkably large online capabilities, or its unique targeting system); talk about sticking it too Activision (check out the Battlefield 3 trailer below):
Yet, following the release of Battlefield 3's digital pre-order list, talk has now become focused around EA's dubious relationship with Steam, PC gamers most popular digital shop-front. In a move that is becoming increasingly common, EA has, once again, excluded the online retailer from its list of pre-order stockists, a move that is sure to upset - and subsequently confuse - PC gamers worldwide.
Following the recent exclusion of Alice: Madness Returns (before mysteriously becoming available to download - on the site - on its release), and the sudden disappearance of Crysis 2 (which EA insists was down to Valve, Steam's owner), this latest piece of news is indeed intriguing. Has EA fallen out with Steam, or is this merely EA's attempt at pushing its own digital service, Origin (which is currently supporting a large pre-order advert for Battlefield 3) ?
Either way, EA has since pulled the list and are due to make an announcement in regards to this notable exclusion, but one has to ask...has the damage already been done?
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