EA has posted a list of the digital retailers who are expected to be selling Battlefield 3 (although the list has since been removed) and there is one very high profile absentee from the list and I’m sure you can guess who it is. Yes that’s right; Steam is not, according to the list, going to be distributing digital copies of Battlefield 3 around but other digital distribution services such as Direct2Drive are and EA’s very own Origin service will also be carrying the game.
Steam and EA have been involved in a little disagreement of late which saw Steam removing (and then reinstalling) a host of EA from its due to supposed contractual infringement and most people believe this is why it is not listed among Battlefield 3’s digital retailers. EA has said it will offer games on all download sites and that Origin is not an attempt to compete with Steam, which has over 30 million unique users.
EA Support describes its complicated relationship with third-party download sites, mentioning one distributor in a specifically vague manner:
“When a download service forbids publishers from contacting players with patches, new levels, items and other services – it disrupts our ability to provide the ongoing support players expect from us. At present, this is the case with only one download service. While EA offers its entire portfolio to this site, they have elected to not post many of our games. We hope to find a mutually agreeable solution to this issue soon.”
So Battlefield 3 fans on Steam will have to go somewhere else to get their fix. Battlefield 3 is out on October 25th 2011 on PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and PC.