The digital distribution wars just got personal for EA: they’ve pulled Crysis 2 from the Steam store. It’s now available on the company’s Origin service, labeled as an exclusive offering.
Good going EA >.>
Wait... DA2 and Crysis 2 are listed as $60 games. I know I bought DA2 on PC for only $50 on Steam, the usual price for PC games. Why are they $60 from EA? Shouldn't it be no more than $50 considering they're completely removing the middle man? I don't mind EA sticking all their games on their own service to promote it, I can still play them with Steam enabled. But, if they're removing the middleman _and_ raising prices, that's over the line.
Isn't that $10 usually for console versions because of some publishing fees or something? Most PC games still launch at $50 (check out the 'Coming Soon' section on Steam). A few publishers such as Activision and EA have decided to go for the $60 price. People end up buying the game anyways so they figure they might as well make more profit.
Looks like I won't ever be playing Crysis 2.
@FatOldMan: Exactly. Licensing fees and a little extra to go with it (~$5 for licensing fees and ~$5 extra profit). I'm fairly certain most PC games will still release at $50 (*looks at CoD releasing at $60, though*). Heck, you can get the PC download of DA2 on Amazon.com for $50 still, but EA's Origin site lists it at $60.
Ubisoft, EA, Activision ... there's others too. They all list their new titles for $60. It's the times, I guess. They see the extra money coming it and they're like "more please!"
if you do this to BF3 EA I will... well I don't know but I'll be super pissed and won't be playing BF3 the way I was going to
Although EA has every right to pull their games from others service, it is incredibly stupid to do so. Way to go minimizing exposure of your game! EA doesn't have enough clout to do this.... The only game I'm buying from EA anyhow is Mass Effect 3 and maybe Dead Space 2 (if it goes low enough and is the LE). Otherwise, EA can go fekk themselves.
Well regular console users pay $60 all the time since this gen started. and PC are supposed to have the superior version of the games so why should they get special treatment and pay less than consoles?? Think EA finally realized this and jumped on board. But this makes it clear that Steam is better than Origins.
@SweatyFlorida When EA releases a game on either of the consoles they have to pay license fees to Microsoft and Sony to do so, which is why you see the price difference. If EA now decide to increase their PC game prices to match those of consoles then they're essentially raking in another $10-20 in profit, which isn't fair to PC gamers. I doubt regular console users would appreciate a $20 price hike knowing all that extra dough is going straight into EA's pockets either.
that's pretty ballzy of EA. but this is how it works EA. If it's not on steam. I as a customer do not buy it. that's just way too much software I need on my pc. steam comrade impulse gog gfwl and now Origin??? I want all my games on one central platform. When it comes to BF3 I hope someone at EA has a head on their shoulders. I'd rather buy it retail than go through another client.
^ You *might* have to go through their client if they get ballsy enough. You know how a steamworks game works right? What if EA copied that and made it so that all BF3 purchases have to be activated on Origin? =p
For digital delivery... a US $60 game, taking into account the exchanged rate and adding GST it should be around $62 - 65 Aussie dollars. DeadSpace/Crysis2/Mass Effect 3 and more .... $80.. I Still cant beleive it !!!! OMG $80 on the Oz store ??????? GO F yourself EA !!!
So did Dead Space 2, Crysis 2, and most other EA Games.
I've bought plenty of their titles on Steam. I don't own Mass Effect 2's DLC simply because they don't have it on Steam. They force you to buy "BioWare points" on their site. I think I'll go with Demonoid instead of Origin for all future EA titles.
I always bought my EA games from EA Store, i don't see it as a problem.
I personally don't like the idea of using more than one download client. I want all my stuff running in steam. It's reliable, and simple.
^ pretty much this, its only steam for pc games or nothing Ironic this news comes out and Darkspore is on sale on steam :/
Most of my EA titles are either from the EA store or actual retail stores. It might not be the popular opinion, but I also like their store (not really the store, but the EA download manager). Say what you want about EA, but they did make a good client in the EA download manager (or Origin, if they're calling it that now). One activation, unlimited installs, DOESN'T NEED TO BE RUNNING = happy me.
"I always bought my EA games from EA Store, i don't see it as a problem." It increased in price from the previous location.
wtf are you doing, EA?
It is worthy of noting that if you check the BF3 page on Origin, it states that the Back2Karakand free expansion is only valid on Origin. This might explain why D2D's pre-order doesn't list the expansion and why steam has yet to make BF3 available. I suppose EA realizes that they have a killer line-up coming up and want to take the opportunity to pull PC players to their platform. Wouldn't be surprised if they keep their future games exclusive to origin. I just hope Origin behaves like the old EADM in that I don't have to leave it running at all time just to play a game. Surprised about the Crysis2 thing. You'd think with all the publishing partnerships Valve and EA have had, the two would play nice together.
Orgin beta doens't require you logging in to play. On topic, This seems really strange, Orgin or Ea only sell EA games on their store, so how is this going to take consumers from steam, steam has multiple publishers, and it's a great. I just don't see why they think having a service for just their set of game is beneficial to them.
^ Having their own store means the sale revenue goes directly to them (instead of a retailer/distributor getting a cut of the pie) I think Activision does this with a few digital games such as Starcraft2. I'm not sure what they plan to do with Origin. Whatever it is, I hope they keep running the client optional. I tried Origin and it seems to eat more memory than steam. Though I did like it's visual look.
Guess I'll have to buy BF3 retail :(
I've bought a couple of games from the old EA Store, as Theo above you said, it doesn't currently work like Steam or GFWL. The game essentially behaves like a retail game (except that, you can download it from EA's Download Manager whenever you want). So if anything, it's better than steam since you don't need any other clients running to launch the game. I was going to buy BF3 from origin anyways (along with BF2142), assuming they don't make it obligatory to have the origin client running. Though if the physical warfare pack ends up being retail-exclusive, you might as well go for retail for the extra items. Though I'd expect EA to make the pack available on Origin too.
I already ordered battlefield 3 from retail, I paid £23 which is a pretty good deal. How can it be cheaper on disc than dd?
who cares? Crysis 2 was a pile of failure. on the other hand... it leaves me worried whether EA will take out more games...
I smell anti-competitive practices....
From EA? No way!
How is it anti-competitive to pull your game off of the largest internet store and try selling it yourself? Im all ears, please do tell.
I gotta admit, I know badjournalism meant well with his statement, but I did get a pretty big chuckle at it because it didn't make any sense to me either.
Taking a popular products and isolating it to one vendor is anti-competitive. The other vendors cant compete because they don't have the product, hense the prefix "anti". Trying to sell it yourself is not anti competitive but only selling it yourself is. I could understand if they were a small dav and selling it themselves was the only way to do it but they're EA. Instead of getting the great deals you'd get from Steam or other DD providers your stuck with EA's 59.99 pricetag because there is no competition to lower the price.
***Taking a popular products and isolating it to one vendor is anti-competitive. *** Only if doing so would result in an imbalance in said market. For example, it isn't anti-competitive when only one broadband carrier offers a specific phone, such as the iPhone for its first few years out on the market. Steam already controls the majority of digital PC game sales in North America. Removing EA games won't change this.