Despite Electronic Arts (EA) moving away from popular computer game marketplace Steam in favour of their own Origin store back in 2011, it appears as though EA couldn't stay away forever.
That's because the company recently announced that they're going to be releasing video games through Steam once again. Moreover, their EA Access subscription service will also come to Steam sometime next year. This will allow gamers to pay a monthly fee in order to access several EA video games through Valve's Steam. The first EA game that will come out on Steam has been confirmed to be Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
"At the core, we are game makers, and our aspiration is to connect as many people as we can to the great games that we built and make it as frictionless as possible for them to do that. So with more players playing more games and more platforms, frankly, we want to be where the players are," EA Senior Vice President Mike Blank said.
In addition to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, more EA video games are planned to come onto Steam next year. Such titles include Apex Legends, Battlefield V, FIFA 20,The Sims 4 and Unravel 2. These games were recently released by EA, making them great choices to join Steam. It's currently unknown if more video games from the popular publisher will be making their way to Steam, too.
Back in 2011, EA parted ways with Steam shortly after the release of Crysis 2. EA had blamed it on Steam's "set of business terms" for developers that had prevented the release of the aforementioned game. This was due to a deal by Crysis developer Crytek had had with another service. Now, EA hasn't said why they're reuniting with Steam or what kind of deal they've struck with the gaming marketplace. All EA has said on the matter since it was announced is, "It’s a new way of working with Valve."
Regardless of motives, gamers will no doubt be happy with EA's decision. Here's to being able to play EA video games on Steam once again!