Mounting circumstantial evidence is suggesting that we may see the return of EA Games Steam releases — at least for some older titles. Several individual bits of information have come together that make it seem like a greater project is at work behind the scenes to bring some Electronic Arts games to Valve's digital distribution platform
GameWatcher has highlighted a Reddit thread which contains four key pieces of information that might mean we'll be getting EA Games Steam releases sooner rather than later. The highlight is the header image from this PC Gamer article about the redesigned Steam library which shows Mirror's Edge Catalyst as one of the games (circled in the image below).
The Evidence Suggesting EA Games Steam Releases
While the inclusion of Mirror's Edge Catalyst in the above image is certainly intriguing, it is by no means a guarantee that EA will be putting some of their games on Steam. After all, Steam has long had the ability to add non-Steam games to the library and this could just be a representative example of that. However, several other interesting things have been discovered recently which make a greater case:
- A test app that provides Origin integration (similar to how Uplay works) has appeared.
- Someone has played The Saboteur on Steam — and it was never released on that platform.
- Dragon Age II recently got a new package.
I think it's fair to say that this is a good indication that something is happening with EA on Steam, although we can't say for sure. They may simply be testing out some other as-yet-unannounced feature using Steam's backend.
If, however, this is indeed an indication that Electronic Arts is making some of their previously-exclusive titles available on Steam, we may well be seeing them shift to a similar system like Uplay's where it serves as an additional launcher for sales ultimately made through Valve. Mirror's Edge Catalyst, at least, wasn't a half bad game and would probably make a fine addition to the platform.
What do you think of the potential of EA Games Steam releases? Do you think this spells doom for Origin? What Origin exclusives do you want to see on Steam? Let us know in the comments below!