As if there was any more doubt that Battlefield 3 wouldn’t be made available on Steam, EA has pretty much confirmed what we’ve all already figured all along - no dice (pun intended).
According to various tweets and forum posts by EA, pulled together by Joystiq, EA has said BF3, one of its biggest releases of the year, will skip out on a Steam release due to it restricting the firm’s “ability to directly support players.”
"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."
Like with the recent pulling of Dragon Age 2 from Valve’s service, EA has taken umberage with a section of Steam's ToS agreement, which states publishers can only deliver updates,patches, and DLC hrough Steam instead of a game-specific client.
EA feels this is restrictive, and has pulled certain titles and refused to offer others on the service.
"We hope to work out an agreement where Steam can carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers can pick from the more than 100 digital retailers,” according to a forum post from the firm.