Electronic Arts and Valve have decided to let bygones be bygones, by annouccing a partnership that will see EA games return to Steam for the first time since 2011. This partnership is set to begin November 15 with the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
It’s not just games such as Apex Legends and Battlefield V that will be coming to Steam, EA’s subscription service EA Access will also feature on Steam. This means subscribers will be able to access EA’s growing list of games via The Vault. Unfortunately, the subscription won’t be cross-platform, meaning that if subscribe to EA Access on Origin, it won’t transfer to Steam.
It will be a staggered integration into Steam, with titles such as The Sims 4 and Unravel 2 coming to Steam on the coming months (along with Fallen Order in the coming weeks), while Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V won’t feature on Steam until next year.
EA have confirmed that this isn’t the end for Origin and that they will continue to support their platform, along with Steam. In my opinion, the biggest advantage of this partnership is the ability to play with players on both platforms — increasing the population base for both platforms.
It will be interesting to see which games come to Steam, or if EA delay releases of their premium self published games. I do know one thing however, we only have to wait another 16 days until Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order!