EA Gives Statement On Why Battlefield 3 Won't Be On Steam
In a blog post on its official forum, an EA spokesperson released a statement giving the company's reasons not releasing Battlefield 3 on Steam.
The statement seemed to go to lengths that this was a specific problem EA has with Steam, and not an effort to drive players to EA's new Origin service. It read: "EA offers games, including Battlefield 3, to all major digital download sites. In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content. We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers."
As for the reason the game will not be on Steam, the official Battlefield Twitter account said: "BF3 will not be available on Steam as the service restricts our ability to directly support players."
This "ability to directly support players" is likely Steam's requirment that game patches and DLC be delivered through Steam and not, as EA would prefer, a game-specific client.
Let's hope they can work out there issues for future titles.