Crysis 2 has recently been pulled from the Steam library in direct result to EA relaunching their downloadable content platform known as Origin. This is very similar to EA’s new game Star Wars: The Old Republic only being downloadable from Origin. Leading us to believe they are trying to sign Steam’s death warrant.
EA claims they had nothing to do with the removal of Crysis 2 from Steam. They did however express a desire to make their Origin platform more than just a place to download games, which would put them as a direct competitor to Steam. It may not have been their decision, but it seems to line up with their future plans for domination.
Developers of Crysis 2 stated:
“Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service — many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.”
I don’t necessarily care where I download my content, I do however love the online community that is associated with Steam. Therefore removing content from a compelling platform and moving it to a place that I can only download seems like the wrong move. If Origin can make its way to Steam status that will be awesome, until then I think users would prefer to not have their choices eliminated.