Rumor: Battlefield 3 to be sold on Steam after all?

Last August, Electronic Arts confirmed that the PC version of its upcoming first person shooter Battlefield 3 would not be made available to purchase and download via Valve's Steam download service. Now, according to a new rumor from the BF3Blog.com site, EA and Valve are currently in talks that if successful could see Battlefield 3 show up on Steam's download store after all. The report, which cites an unnamed source inside Valve, claims that EA and Valve are in 'late-stage" negotiations for such a deal to happen.

EA has said previously that the reason that it could not sell Battlefield 3 on Steam was because of Valve's alleged rules concerning downloadable content for games. An EA statement said back in August, "Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No other download service has adopted these practices." Valve has not commented on its DLC rules for Steam-based games.

Earlier this year EA decided to pull two of its previously released PC games off of Steam, the first person shooter Crysis 2 and the fantasy RPG Dragon Age 2. Similar to EA's conflict with Battlefield 3, EA said Valve's alleged restrictions on how it handles patches and downloadable content were the reason for their actions. So far, no other game publisher has pulled games off of Steam for the reasons EA has described. If EA and Valve do reach some kind of agreement to sell Battlefield 3 on Steam, its unknown if Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 will be placed for sale on Steam again.

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Reality is....IF EA had said BF3 would be on sale on Steam at a later date.

Everyone would have waited and Origin sales would be almost zero lol

That's why it wasn't available on Steam! No other reason

To be fair, Origin worked OK for me - but I was seriously ****ed at having to have another content delivery system installed, purely because EA are greedy control freaks. I hope they work this out and get it on Steam... where I'll definitely order it

What if EA pulls a Crysis 2 and remove it from Steam afterwards? Seems like a possibility.
What a way to force people to use origin who bought the game on steam.

As much as I like BF3, their web UI integration is ****. They need a proper in-game menu.

yay, all the waiting may pay off, I was going to not purchase this until it came on steam, or was worth less than $10.

Finally EA is realizing that instead of 1.5million preorders, they could have 5 million.

i really hope so also, because i already have tons of games on steam and i hate using them outside it cause it is a pain in the ass, with usless ui crap.

:: Lyon :: said,
But but but but I have already pre-ordered through Origin
I'll gladly cancel my pre-order at GameStop to get it via Steam.

zeke009 said,
I'll gladly cancel my pre-order at GameStop to get it via Steam.

That is assuming we will get it via Steam, no assurance at this stage yet

Pro Deo et Patria said,
I hope EA won't do such a move. Allow me not to justify my opinion in order to avoid any possible flame war.

Won't? ಠ_ಠ

Pro Deo et Patria said,
I hope EA won't do such a move. Allow me not to justify my opinion in order to avoid any possible flame war.

Wait, you don't want them to have BF3 on Steam because you have personal issues with Steam/Valve?

I mean, I can't really see how that would affect you at all. Am I reading this right or missing something?

SkyDX said,
I heard similar rumors, good for all the people who desperately want their games on Steam

You're right! This absolutely made my day.

trag3dy said,
You'd think Valve would be able to make special exceptions for large publishers like EA.

Special exceptions create problems.

trag3dy said,
You'd think Valve would be able to make special exceptions for large publishers like EA.

And how long before EA starts asking for other exceptions, like getting a larger cut of game sales? You need to draw the line somewhere.