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Rumor – EA and Valve trying to patch things up for Battlefield 3

Wednesday, 5th October 2011 17:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

According to an anonymous source speaking to BF3Blog, EA and Valve in late negotiations to try and release Battlefield 3 onto Steam.

The report is said to have come from someone inside Valve, which stated that is all goes well, the DICE shooter will be made available on Steam in time for its October 25 release.

EA and Valve are rumored to be hammering out an agreement regarding sales of DLC, which was one of the main reasons EA pulled some of its larger titles off Steam. EA was balking at the idea of Valve requiring all DLC to be sold through Steam if the game is on the service, with EA preferring to sell released DLC via its own devices and directly to the consumer.

Earlier this week, EA executives said Origin and Steam weren’t in direct competition, and that it would be a bit ludicrous to assume so, considering publishers both work with and in rivalry to other companies all the time.

The Battlefield 3 beta is in full swing at the moment, with DICE announcing yesterday that while admittedly a month old, the beta has attracted six-times the number of player its beta for Bad Company 2 did the year prior.

Thanks, GameFront.

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  1. Yoshi

    Haha not surprised really and it’s a very wise move for both of them as Battlefield 3 is going to bring in a lot of gamers and with it being available across all networks it’ll be a lot better for all business parties.

    (I hope all the keys work on Steam and Origin, would be such a nice way to patch things up by leaving it up to the customer to choose.)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Based on the beta, I really hope they do. I want to play it, but I just don’t want to be forced onto another client to do it.

    @1 That’s an excellent idea.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. turbulence

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVUwecX0wlo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE6dZ58yMgQ

    ^^ For those who want to see more Caspian Border + Jets footage

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Fin

    Wtf is with people spamming CASPIAN BORDER + JETS FOOTAGE?

    Anyway, here’s some actual jet footage from BF3 MP. But not on Caspian Border??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bP8_Dmfbe0

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    @4 I know right XD Just spamming BF3 articles to get more views I smelllll.
    However I’ve gotta give you props for that one :P

    #5 3 years ago
  6. NeoSquall

    @1 That’s a too bright an idea to come to some people, lol

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Hallonglass

    @1 Nope, that’s way too good for the consumer for EA to do it.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. jnms

    Sounds to me like things aren’t running so smoothly on Origin and EA are looking elsewhere…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. The_Red

    But this would simply kill Origin. I mean BF3 is the only reason that would have forced a PC gamer into installing the client (Unless they care about SW ToR but that’s not coming out this month).

    #9 3 years ago
  10. klewd

    “Valve requiring all DLC to be sold through Steam”

    I bought dragon age dlc outside of steam. When did this happen?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Len

    Only reason I went with Origin was for pre-order goodies and access to the beta early. If it does come out on Steam we better able to play it on there like Yoshi suggests.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. thesamy

    i realy think ea planned thing all along think about it.
    if battlefield would be on steam no one will even go near origin even if didnt scan your computer.
    so EA dicided lets let ppl get in origin using the beta and make sure thay buy the game throw it now afther ppl saw origin and the beta and must of them inculding me HATE IT thay now patch thing with Valve to get more selles!

    #12 3 years ago
  13. GrimRita

    I cant see the point of Origin. BF3 launches from Battlelog – so what is the point?

    EA sold BC2 DLC through Steam, so what is the big deal? Its just EA taking the piss and wanting ALL the money for themselves. Well EA, look who is laughing now. YOU need Steam more than Steam needs you. Face it

    #13 3 years ago
  14. jacobvandy

    @10 That was part of the problem and why they changed their policy. Valve wants Steam users to be able to buy the DLC from their store, it’s much easier and more serviceable than them having to go to some external website, purchase space bucks, and redeem those for DLC. EA could still sell them other ways however they want, it wasn’t a demand for exclusivity, but they refused to even give the option of buying on Steam, hence the conflict.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Namdead

    I think that Origin and Steam should do some king of linking accounts or something along those lines. Battlefield 3 should without a doubt be on Steam because it would help out EA a lot and make a lot of PC fans happier.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. El_Gitan

    It will be good if EA&Valve works together to integrate battlelog in the Steam web browser…do you think that’s possible??

    #16 3 years ago
  17. blackdreamhunk

    yea they kinda need to battlefield 3 looks hot for pc.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. laxan96

    Everyone! You can cancel you´re pre.order of BF3 if you want. You just have to call the EA support. I mean if you wanna wait for the realese and see if there is a steam version or not. For more info click and the link below.

    http://www.gameinformer.com/forums/pc_games/f/25/t/89597.aspx

    Please Fix the crappy forum code you have VG24/7

    #18 3 years ago