Update: Since publishing the original story EA has released an official statement on these games returning to Steam and the ability to subscribe to EA Access through Valve's gaming platform too. Mike Bank, SVP of Strategic Growth had the following to say on their return
We want to make it easy to play the games you love, wherever you want to play. Delivering games to the Steam community is an important step in achieving this goal, Not only are we excited to have our games on Steam, but we look forward to bringing them even more value when our subscription becomes available in the Summer.
The summer event that Bank is referring to is EA Play which is currently scheduled to air next week on June 11th at 4pm PST.
Original Story: Developer and publisher Electronic Arts has a plethora of titles under its belt, and its PC gaming client Origin acts as the platform for some of the studio's titles. The studio had pulled its library of video games from Steam a while back to push players to use their own client. Recently, Steam users noticed a plethora of EA titles making a return to the platform, including the likes of The Sims 3, Mass Effect, and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, with many of them on sale.
It is worth noting that there are still major titles and downloadable content from the publisher missing, including the studio's battle royale Apex Legends, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Mass Effect 2's expansions, as well as Mass Effect 3. Back in October 2019, EA made a promise to bring back their catalog of games to Steam, and it included FIFA 20 and Apex Legends, two of the currently missing titles.
On the other hand, 2012's role-playing title, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, appears to be on the list of games. The title has been on the receiving end of new information regarding an upcoming remaster, listed on the Microsoft Store with an August release date. The listing didn't show EA listed as a publisher for the remaster, however, its existence in the Steam library means the studio didn't sell all their publishing rights.
EA Access service lets players enjoy discounts for in-game purchases, special offers, limited game trials for some titles, and access to a selection of games called the vault. With EA finally bringing its library of games back to Steam, its subscription service is making way over in the near future, as many of the new store pages will tell you. It is yet unclear how the service will work exactly when compared to the studio's existing Origin Access service for PC users as well as the console version of EA Access. This hints towards the possible lack of third-party titles once it goes live, something featured on Origin Access, but not on the console-based EA Access. Hopefully, more details will be revealed in the future leading up to its release. There is no exact date to expect the service's launch as of the time of writing.
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