After it was already almost a forgone conclusion, we now have word that BF3 is really, really, really not coming to Steam — for reals. The word comes from both the official Battlefield Twitter account and a forum post on the EA forums from staff. Again, they mention Valve’s restrictions on DLC and post-release support. Interestingly, we haven’t heard much from Valve’s side of the story, and we still haven’t heard much from other devs and publishers about these restrictions EA keeps bringing up. The exact details are still unavailable as to what EA is looking to do with BF3 that Steam won’t let them.
Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No other download service has adopted these practices.
Of course, there is still a chance that EA and Valve come to some sort of terms before the launch of BF3, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. In turn, with BF3 not being available on Steam, it provides EA will a bit more leverage to sell it on Origin, as we discussed here. So while I’m sure EA would love to sell BF3 everywhere possible, not being on Steam can’t be bothering them too much. EA squarely places the blame on Valve, but rarely things are that simple.
Is no BF3 on Steam a deal breaker for you?