EA Begins Rolling Out Titles on Steam, but There Are Some Notable Absences

EA Begins Rolling Out Titles on Steam, but There Are Some Notable Absences

Also, EA Access via Steam isn't ready just yet.

If last year's announcement about Electronic Arts returning to Steam made you hope the floodgates would open up all at once, it's time to readjust those expectations. EA just put up a handful of titles on Valve's platform, but integration with EA Access is still pending and a lot of notable games from the past few years still haven't made the leap from EA's Origin.

As of this morning, EA added a "first wave" of new titles to its catalogue on Steam, including the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection set to launch tomorrow. While prominent titles like Dragon Age 2 & Inquisition, Need for Speed Rivals, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville made the cut, plenty of others haven't, including entries from EA's sports franchises, Battlefield, Titanfall, and The Sims.

Amongst the absent titles are sequels to series that saw releases on Steam prior to Origin's debut in 2011, such as Mass Effect 3. In contrast, 2013's Crysis 3 joined the first two games on Steam today. When asked about the limited selection launched today, an EA spokesperson referred us to a line at the bottom of its new press release advising that there's "more information on games bound for Steam coming soon."

As for EA Access, the publisher's subscription service, its integration with Steam is still forthcoming, and many of the titles in its catalogue including Anthem and Battlefield 5 aren't yet on Steam. When EA announced it would start bringing games to Steam, beginning with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order last November, it said EA Access was due for integration with Steam in spring 2020. When it launches, it'll be the first gaming subscription service to do so through Steam.

Apex Legends, The Sims 4, and FIFA 20 have all been named as titles guaranteed for Steam in 2020. Whether or not there'll be multiple successive waves of EA releases on Steam or if these will all launch alongside EA Access at once, it's worth looking at the list of what's currently on offer—some of EA's Steam selection is discounted 50% or more today.

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