Yes, I’m a fan of bad puns, get over it. After yesterday’s news over Crysis 2 getting mysteriously pulled from Steam and then the assumed demise of future EA games on Steam, we get news that the Crysis 2 deletion was done by Valve, not EA, over Steam policies. EA was quick to direct the internet’s wrath directly on to Steam, although I don’t think it’s safe to put your Origin conspiracy hats away just yet. Here’s a quote from EA on the matter:
“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.”
No word on what “new rules” are in place and what Crytek agreement with another service (Origin?) is at fault with Steam’s terms. Basically, it’s business deals that most gamers don’t and shouldn’t care about. It doesn’t have an impact on those who previously bought Crysis 2 on Steam, they will still be able to re-download it if need be — but right now, no new purchases are available, hardly a tragedy on a 3 month old game, except for those holding on for a great Steam deal. Valve is typically tight lipped about this things, so it’ll be interesting to see if they ever address this issue publicly.
What remains unclear is if this will affect future EA games, since Crytek specifically was called out and not EA in general. Will this weaken any relationship between EA and Steam, especially with EA pushing it’s Origin service, or will it force the companies to work things out? It is interesting though that Steam is one of the few places where you can’t pre-order Battlefield 3 today, although previous Battlefield titles remain on the service.