EA to launch new Origin PC game download service

Publisher Electronic Arts is launching a new digital download store for its PC games starting today. The Wall Street Journal reports that the new download store will be called Origin and will feature over 150 games from EA's library of PC game titles. Origin will include a client application that will allow its users to purchase and download the game. However Origin is also supposed to have some other social networking features. These will include allowing "gamers on a variety of devices (to) broadcast messages to online friends when they defeat online opponents or accomplish other gaming goals."

EA's CEO John Ricitiello said in an interview that Origin will be an important part of the company's goals to move more of its game revenues to Internet purchase rather than have gamers just pay for games via retail stores. Even if gamers decide not to purchase their EA games via Origin, the story states that gamers "will be able to use it to create profile pages that record all of their scores and other progress on EA games and to establish Origin friend lists based on their friend lists on Facebook and other social networks."

At least one upcoming EA game will be a big part of the company's plans for Origin. The story states that Star Wars The Old Republic, the upcoming and long awaited MMO title from developer BioWare, will be sold via digital download only via the Origin service (the game will still be sold in retail stores).

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> Origin will include a client application

So, yet another entry point reaching into a user's machine?

I don't know about anyone else, but personally, this is going what's going to drive me away completely from games. WTF is that crap Rockstar made me install when I bought GTA4? EA's download manager? Steam? Windows Live Games?

When I buy a game, I don't want all this extra crap that I don't need.

great, one more store to fragment my purchase and download locations. already hate having to use gog, steam, and impulse...really don't need a new publisher launching their titles exclusively with their own platform.

thornz0 said,
great, one more store to fragment my purchase and download locations. already hate having to use gog, steam, and impulse...really don't need a new publisher launching their titles exclusively with their own platform.

This isn't new. In EA's own words...

"Your EA account is now called an Origin Account.."
"Origin is the new name of the EA Store."
"The EA Download Manager is also now called Origin.."
Source: http://www.origin.com/uk/about

So basically this is just an upgrade and re-brand, nothing new here. That said, I do like the new Origin client... it's nice looking and has all my EADM purchases in it ready to download

TCLN Ryster said,

This isn't new. In EA's own words...

"Your EA account is now called an Origin Account.."
"Origin is the new name of the EA Store."
"The EA Download Manager is also now called Origin.."
Source: http://www.origin.com/uk/about

So basically this is just an upgrade and re-brand, nothing new here. That said, I do like the new Origin client... it's nice looking and has all my EADM purchases in it ready to download

I haven't used their old one, and it sounds like theyre going to release their digital versions exclusively with Origin, as opposed to steam (which i already use).

Look like it's just a rebrand of the new version of EADM they released a few weeks back.

I love how you can add the CD keys of any boxed games you have to your account and download if you ever would lose the disc or such.

Too bad they aren't selling non-EA titles

I quickly read the title and hoped that EA were selling Origin games on the new downloadable service!

I was disapointed

F_C said,
I quickly read the title and hoped that EA were selling Origin games on the new downloadable service!

I was disapointed

Maybe they'll show up on GOG. Privateer and Ultima Underworld made it...

Morden said,

Maybe they'll show up on GOG. Privateer and Ultima Underworld made it...

A shame System Shock isn't coming to GoG (in the EA announcement on GoG).

Raa said,
So, basically EADM 2.0?

From the look of the picture above the download button on the right (in the large image up there) I'd say it's just a rebranding, look like the new version of EADM the launched a few weeks back, it's pretty nice, toi bad they only sell EA Games

Does this thingie replace the EADM or it's just another extremely useful client in the already long line?

(For a minute I thought EA re-publishes Origin games. A moment of happiness... )

Morden said,
Does this thingie replace the EADM or it's just another extremely useful client in the already long line?

(For a minute I thought EA re-publishes Origin games. A moment of happiness... )

+1 I was like o_O w00t!!! EA to launch new Origin PC game... But then I read the rest of the title.

Morden said,
Does this thingie replace the EADM or it's just another extremely useful client in the already long line?

(For a minute I thought EA re-publishes Origin games. A moment of happiness... )


From the look of the picture above the download button on the right (in the large image up there) I'd say it's just a rebranding, look like the new version of EADM the launched a few weeks back, it's pretty nice, toi bad they only sell EA Games

AFineFrenzy said,
Wait.
Wait.
Wait.
EA makes games other than The Sims?

Right, like you have never heard of any of Biowares games (Mass Effect, Dragon Age), the Battlefield series (they own the studios and as such make the games) or any of all the successful yet horrible sports games they make...

Its not so much about steam, but I want the ability to transfer my game serials from one digital store to another ...if I ever need to. So I am never *stuck* with one platform.

Abvex said,
Its not so much about steam, but I want the ability to transfer my game serials from one digital store to another ...if I ever need to. So I am never *stuck* with one platform.

Well, I am not completly sure about this, havnt tried but you might be able to add any EA games bought in steam to EAs own download manager, you can do it with boxed copies, just get the CD key from steam and register it in EA download manager, might work, can't see why not.

Leonick said,

Well, I am not completly sure about this, havnt tried but you might be able to add any EA games bought in steam to EAs own download manager, you can do it with boxed copies, just get the CD key from steam and register it in EA download manager, might work, can't see why not.

You can, in fact, do that with many Steam-bought EA games. Don't have a list at hand, but it was quite a few ^^

Leonick said,

Well, I am not completly sure about this, havnt tried but you might be able to add any EA games bought in steam to EAs own download manager, you can do it with boxed copies, just get the CD key from steam and register it in EA download manager, might work, can't see why not.

Yes, I know about it. I actually like it a lot. I have access to Bad Compnay 2, Mass Effect Series + DAO on the EA Download manager, all steam buys. I wished they supported more games. And I hope other publishers does something similar.

Siddharth Prabhu said,
EA sure have some nerve naming a new service after the studio they systematically destroyed.

Or some strategy to undermine their very existence!

Siddharth Prabhu said,
EA sure have some nerve naming a new service after the studio they systematically destroyed.

Well not so much systematically as plain and simply killed after they failed to deliver on UO2. The the studio failed on that they had spent so much money it had doomed itself by not being able to deliver.

SierraSonic said,
K, when is Steam BF3 pre-order?

I pre ordered mine through Game...

And I get to play it the day before the official release, whereas Steam you cannot play it until it's released, and then you have to wait to download and decode.