GG3 writes: "Publisher EA has announced that its online service Origin will be going fully digital, starting April 4, 2014. No more PC games will come in physical format on the store. "
That's EA for you. They want to be Steam except they want to force you to use Origin.
Retail releases with Steamworks still force you to use Steam as well though. The DRM is directly alike. Edit: I fully agree it's an annoyance though. For similar reasons, I almost never use Origin.
Pretty much but it's like PvZ: GW where you "have" to have an Origin account to do anything with the game on Xbox One.
So will gamers benefit from this? Don't say that the prices remain the same while EA's revenue increases without retailers in between.
What are you talking about? Steamworks games still force you to use Steam. What this article is saying is that come April 4th you will no longer be able to order physical PC games through the Origin Store. Instead if you want a disc you'll need to buy the game at a retailer such as Gamestop, Amazon, or Best Buy.
This. At first I thought they meant no more physical copies of games that use Origin, but after reading the press release, this is a big MEH. Who honestly orders physical copies of games through Origin anyway? Most people use Amazon, Gamestop etc.
Tired of all the hate for EA. It's almost the same thing as steam. Now, steam does a few things that definitely makes it superior (steam workshop, etc), but origin is still good. I would prefer if they I didn't have to use both, but I don't really care as long as both services are free.
Unlike Steam, which doesn't make you use Steam. /s
Steam has an OFFLINE mode! Origin DOES NOT (at least last time I checked) STEAM FTW!
origin has an offline mode if you have the games from piratebay instead of origin.
But Origin does in fact have an offline mode. And you seem to forget that Steam's offline mode didn't work properly for years until Valve finally got it right a while back. Valve used to even make jokes about it in the changelogs for Steam with messages like "Offline mode finally fixed (for real this time)".
Origin has an offline mode. You could also play older origin games without even needing origin to be running, which is something that steam doesn't allow you to do.
Origin has offline mode, Start BF3 in offline mode and you get a single player menu :)
that would be awesome,......if I could log in.
Had my Origin account hacked once. Took me a full month of hassling EA before they let me log in again. Phew! Luckily I don't have many games with them. 99% of my games are on Steam. I feel safer with Steam. Furthermore, Steam allows me to share my games with my family members. Cool!
This really sucks for people like me outside of the US/Europe..I normally just wait till the retail copies appear like a week after they release in the states now I have to purchase codes from amazon cause origin is literally a parasite to anyone living in a 3rd world country.
You can still buy physical copies from retailers. You just won't be able to order physical copies from the Origin store itself.
Really? Article scared the hell out of me. Thought I had to go to hell and back just to play Dragon Age: Inquisition .
In that case I have absolutely no use for Origin.
I had no idea you could even buy physical copies from Origin.
Good thing I ignore any game with the EA logo!
I have never, and will never, use Origin. Change all you want EA your digital platform is a heap of crap on a turd throne.
Installing Origin is like giving my PC a new form of cancer.
This was the only thing Origin had going for them since when they have a deal say on Battlefield 4 it would be on all platforms and not just the PC version. Boo EA boo!!!!
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