So long, Origin? EA comes back to Steam with new games

So long, Origin? EA comes back to Steam with new games

Not only will previously exclusive titles be making their way back to the service, but new titles like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be day-and-date on Origin and Steam.

In Spring 2020, EA will also bring the EA Access subscription over to Steam, which grants users access to a vast library of games for a $5 per month. EA also plans to make single-player titles like The Sims 4 and Unravel Two available on Steam "in the coming months".

"We are working with Valve and Steam to connect our friends lists together more effectively, so that you can play together across multiplayer games, regardless of which platform you're choosing to play the game on", Mike Blank, EA's senior vice president of player networks, told Engadget in an interview. The wait should be worth it, though, because EA said that Origin and Steam players will be able to play those games with each other. It will also be interesting to see if other publishers follow EA's lead in extending an olive branch to Valve in the future. EA's subscription service EA Access will come to Steam, allowing Steam players to grab EA games as part of a subscription and get early access to EA games. "So with more players playing more games and more platforms, frankly, we want to be where the players are". EA Access is the first and only gaming subscription service available on Steam, and the fourth platform featuring an EA subscription. Normally Valve is very hands-off and lets developers come to them but in this case, EA's return seems to be a much bigger deal, perhaps in response to Epic Games and its direct, hands-on partnerships with developers and publishers.

You can now find some EA games on Steam, but they're largely older titles.

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