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EA pulls Crysis 2 from Steam, now 'only on Origin' (updated)

By Jos · 54 replies
Jun 15, 2011
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  1. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Not surprised this is happening especially with the success Valve has had with Steam, just a little taken back that EA would be the one to get it rolling. I imagined Activision would try something like this first with some form of Blizzard integration. But I guess they really don't have enough relevant IP's to do this anymore. I just hope this doesn't turn into some publisher digital distribution war, requiring all of us to have unique apps and accounts for every little thing.

    Those seem to be retail copies only from what I saw. Which itself is surprising since they are the exclusive partners with Valve in this front, and now seem to be trying to undermine them.

    A widely unpopular business decision it seems, that in the end might cost them on the digital front depending on the future titles. These things aren't beneficial to the consumer and demonstrate they care more about the bottom line than "electronic art".
  2. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    I agree to a point, though ultimately it is about the customers and what they want. EA has a long tarnished history of not understanding that fully. That being said, market competition has always been a good thing, though there are already several players in this market besides Steam and Origin, and Origin is WAY late to the game. If Origin is going to succeed, EA needs to suck up their pride and start listening to what their customers want (No more DLC points or DRM for starters).
  3. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    I own mass effect 1 and 2, Battlefield BC2, Dragon age origins,awakening and 2, crysis 1 as well as crysis warhead on steam. I was looking forward to the sequels to almost everyone of those games.

    If they aren't available on steam I won't buy any of them. It isn't a debate for me.
  4. has anyone complaining about this even used Origin yet? it's not like Steam where u HAVE to have it running to play the game, u can easily run the game just like how you would if you were to buy a hard copy and install it. You simply use it to download the game and then you can run it like any other game, the game itself does not depend on Origin like how Steam games do, plus im also sure you can link the game to your steam account just like how you can if you buy a hard copy of the game from a retail store
  5. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    Is it just linked or can you activate it too? Sorry, but when I get a digital download the picture is the only sense of ownership I get and steam doesn't give you that with non steam games. Also, the automatic update feature is covenant. It isn't just about "have you tried origin yet." People have chosen a platform they like and want to stick to it. And, as someone else mentioned, they can't buy games from origin because they only accept sales from US and Canada.

    Maybe the gaming industry has to hit rock bottom before things get better...And, on another note, What the F#*( is Crysis 2 still $60?
  6. I swear to Bigfoot, it EA does the same thing to Mass Effect 3, then I'm not buying any more of their games, ever! I use steam! I chose steam and I'm sticking with it! I've even bought games in steam that I've already bought retail (like Resident Evil 5) just because I want to have all my games in steam! I bought Mass Effect 1 and 2 in steam, and if I don't get the 3rd I'm gonna have some kinda problem with EA.

    We don't need 16 "steam-wannabes" running in the background on the computer, but this is where it's heading now because every company like EA and Blizzard want their own version of steam. Can you imagine what it would be like keeping track of friends in a situation like that? And what would the "community" in each of these apps mean to a person being pulled in 16 different directions? This is so stupid! I don't get why they have to do this! With steam there is no piracy! Everybody pays for the games. There's only PROFIT!

    I hate EA with a passion right now.
  7. /facepalm

    EA has a horrendous reputation for making asinine decisions and NOT caring about or listening to their customers.

    They are in the game 'publishing' business not the 'digital distribution' business.

    What's next...EA Brick and Mortar locations which will be the only place to buy hard copy versions of their games?
  8. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    I don't know what deal exactly EA has with Steam, but I think it could have just sold the game for a lower price. Steam is taking it's cut, say 20%. If EA sold the game at a 10% discount that would bring people over while still giving them the option to buy at Steam.
  9. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 160   +24

    Just imagaine if a lot of publishers start doing this, requiring your personal details cc numbers etc all held in on multiple companies servers, instead of just maybe one or two, no thanks. If this is the way it's going then I'll just go back to buying hard copies from amazon, if i deam the publisher worthy of my monies.
  10. Guys, I suggest you do what I just did. Go to the EA site and find their forum. Make an account if you don't already have one, and let EA know how you feel! There's a lot of angry people out there now, and we all gotta let EA know what the score is.
  11. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    EA you *****, how many people do you think will want to have 5~6 digital platform running at a time for their games. Steam has been out for years, and has gained a major ground with gamers, asking gamers now to switch or adopt to more than one digital distribution platform is a risky stupid move. there're ways to rake in profits, inconvenience and making customers jump through hoops is not one of them. imagine if all publishers were to have their own dist platforum for their games. the amount of clutter, and inconvenience that'll create.
  12. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    I just made a post over at the EA forums under the Crysis section and noticed the whole forum is being spammed with naprosyn ADs.

    EDIT: I just found this http://uk.pc.ign.com/articles/117/1176517p1.html

    Perhaps it wasn't EA's decision?
  13. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Very odd decision by Valve, and I hope it is removed. They're doing PC Gamers a disservice.

    I wonder how this affects people who bought Crysis 2 through Steam with regards to updates/patches?
  14. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    As far as i can tell you will still receive updates and can download it through steam at any time. The only problem with that is all the DLC will have to be purchased elsewhere. Or, if you REALLY want to, you could activate it on origin....
  15. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 154

    So, they picked the worst game out of their lineup to yank from Steam's catalog....seems like they did gamers a service ;)

    Seriously though, I can only hope they get their heads our their rears and stop trying to make things worse for themselves.

    EDIT: After looking at that link from yRaz, I guess I spoke too soon. Either way, at least it wasn't one of the more popular/better games that was pulled.
  16. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +102

    I have no more respect for EA. As much as I want BF3, I will not buy it anywhere but Steam.
  17. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TS Enthusiast Posts: 39

    Personally the only reason I started to buy games is Steam, I guess it's back to torrents as far as EA games go...
  18. I just made a post over at the EA forums under the Crysis section and noticed the whole forum is being spammed with naprosyn ADs.

    EDIT: I just found this http://uk.pc.ign.com/articles/117/1176517p1.html

    Perhaps it wasn't EA's decision?


    Just need a rep from Steam to step forward to confirm or deny
  19. r8bwp

    r8bwp TS Enthusiast Posts: 34   +10

    EA green with envy at steam, I love using steam simple and invariably bug free, looks after my licenses and games, Clean install just download my games again, installed about half of them 250 gig.

    Guess i won`t be buying an ea game in the near future.

    Loyal STEAM Customer
  20. LulzSec if you're listening... SICK 'EM (Origin)!
  21. Pff...you kids and your internet rage these days...LOL! I couldn't care less if I had to register at a dog food website to download a title I wanted. 'All these extra apps running in the background just so I can play a game?' Who the crap said you need to keep "all those apps" running in the first place? How many games do you play at the same time? Turn all that BS off if your concerned about "performance". "Waaaaaaah...I want my game now! I want my game here! I want I want I want!" All these statements of how EA "keeps making poor decisions" and yet they remain one of, if not the top publisher...do you really think they're gonna be concerned about 10 to 50,000 Steam fanbois butthurt that they can't get a title on a platform of their choice (given the likelihood that more than half of you touting "EA is never gonna get my money" will probably get BF3 within 30 days of it's release)? They are very likely going to set a new one day sales record on that title...cry some more?

    What a bunch of Veruca Salts.

    (Dons flame-proof suit) Flame on kids!
  22. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    Does it protect against superheated plasma?
  23. EA you simpletons! You would make more money if you make your games available on both platforms and try and make yours more appealing. Everyone is NOT going to jump off the Steam wagon and jump onto the EA one. We are gamers. We don't like to game with a million processes running. Now if steam made its chat available on all mobile phones that would be the icing on the cake which is the the only thing EA has going although for those who use Android that isn't available. Plus if you think only people in US & Canada play EA games, you are all so freaking dense! There are gamers all over the world so because of that technical detail, they couldn't use your stuff even to try. I think you all need to step down and hire people who care about their customers because it IS how you all get paid...by us that is if we don't torrent your stuff. Sadly I bought BFBC2 and was looking forward to other EA titles...not anymore! I will use only one platform and that is STEAM. Why do you think Steam is better than you? THEY LISTEN TO THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE!!!!!
  24. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 186   +35

    I use Steam pretty exclusively and I always go there first for new releases. That said, Steam does have it's own set of quirks that tick me off every now and then.

    Valve monopolizing the DD market really isn't a good thing. Strong competition is definitely needed.

    Anyway, I don't understand why it's such a huge deal that Steam won't be offering a few AAA titles here and there. They are still available via retail hard copies, so just go snag a copy at a local retailer (or order it online) and be done with it.
  25. isamuelson

    isamuelson TS Booster Posts: 100

    What about for those of us that already purchased the game months ago? Will it still be "supported" via steam or did I lose the game entirely?

    I demand my money back if I can't play it any more! Great work, EA. Turds!

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