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Dragon Age II pulled from Steam as Legacy DLC launches

Wednesday, 27th July 2011 03:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dragon Age II fans, your day has come, with the first major piece of post-launch DLC to grace BioWare’s fantasy epic. Unless you’re planning to buy the game through Steam today, in which case, oh dear.

While Dragon Age: Origins is still available through Valve’s service, Destructoid noticed that sequel Dragon Age II is suddenly and mysteriously absent.

The timing of the game’s removal as its first bit of DLC launches is probably not coincidental; it’s become obvious that Steam and EA have had a falling out over how the latter chooses to deliver content to players.

Legacy is offered in-game in the PC version of Dragon Age II, meaning players can purchase it without passing through Steam’s checkout – apparently a violation of its recently introduced, free-to-play friendly terms and services, not to mention denying it a piece of the action.

Those with the Steam version of Dragon Age II can still play the game and purchase the DLC.

Legacy is available now on PC, and rolls onto console networks with local updates this week. By exploring Hawke’s family’s backstory beyond Kirkwall, BioWare hopes it will answer fan criticism of insufficiently varied environments in Dragon Age II.

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5 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    SO starting to think its steam doing this its just way too convenient.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Old MacDonald

    Seems obvious that Valve/Steam are to blame for the whole situation. I wonder what this means for those who’ve purchased the game on Steam and wants the DLC?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. viralshag

    @2, As the article says:

    “Those with the Steam version of Dragon Age II can still play the game and purchase the DLC.” ;)

    This very much strikes me as a similar situation to the pre-owned market and $10 code thing. I mean, it looks to me like EA is just trying to maximise their own profits, which will hopefully be reflected in the devs profits, by trying to cut out the middle man, ie Steam and retail pre-owned, as much as they can or at least generate 100% share of a profit somewhere like with the DA2 DLC through the game.

    I think it’s pretty fair. Let’s be honest, Steam do offer a fantastic service but I have no idea how much of a cut they take from the sale of each game. And while I’m certain it will be lower than the retail share, maybe EA is tired of losing that cut when they can supply it themselves.

    SWTOR and BF3, I’m sure those two games alone will get Origin onto a lot more computers than people/Steam lovers thought.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. runbmp

    Its probably nothing compared to the cut that’s taken from Apple appstore.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    I guess that saves me the trouble of buying it on sale sometime down the road.

    @3 Supposedly Steam takes far less of a cut than other retailers, actually flipping the 70/30 take according to Forbes. So if that’s true, their wholesalers get twice as much from working with Steam.

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2011/0228/technology-gabe-newell-videogames-valve-online-mayhem.html

    “Publishers earn a gross margin of around 70% on Steam, compared with 30% via retail stores.”

    EA just wants to maximize their profits, like any other corporation. That’s another point where Steam provides you with an advantage – It’s a private company. They aren’t obligated to skin you for their shareholders.

    EA can’t simply keep making the same ammount of money, it needs to constantly increase. 100% is better than 70% is better than 30%.

    @1 It’s the ingame store violating the agreement.

    #5 3 years ago

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