Crysis 2 returns to Steam's library

In June, Crytek's sci-fi shooter sequel Crysis 2 was removed from sale from the Steam download service. Now the game has been re-released on Steam in a new version called the Crysis 2 Maximum Edition that contains both the original game and its two post-release DLC packs for $39.99.

If you happen to have purchased and downloaded the original Crysis 2 before it was pulled from Steam, you can now get the Maximum Edition for 50 percent off its normal price until June 12th.

So what happened to bring Crysis 2 back to Steam?  The game's publisher Electronic Arts is being pretty vague, telling Kotaku in a statement, "Changes made by Crytek to Crysis 2: Maximum Edition have brought the game in compliance with Steam's terms of service."

EA launched its own Origin PC game download service as a rival to Steam in 2011. Since then, major EA PC game releases such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3 have not appeared on sale on Steam, which is by far the largest PC game download service in terms of registered users.

Meanwhile, Crytek is planning to release the next game in the series, Crysis 3, in early 2013.

Source: Steam | Image via Crytek

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"If you happen to have purchased and downloaded the original Crysis 2 before it was pulled from Steam, you can now get the Maximum Edition for 50 percent off its normal price until June 12th."

Wow, that's a horrible deal. You're paying $20 for two map packs, which is what they already cost.

EA is realising their mistake and it appears that they are giving up fighting. So far Origin seems only sold any games published or made by EA, therefore is not a good competitor of Steam who accepts many publishers and devs, even EA.

This is good news. I re-added Crysis 2 back on my wishlist

EA's reasoning looks like standard PR bull****.

They can say whatever they want, it was a move to make steam and valve look bad to get people to use EA's own service, origin.

The problem between EA and Steam was EA wanted to sell DLC in the game without using Steam. This edition has all the DLC included so EA is right.