The promised inclusion of third-party content on EA's Origin digital download service kicks off in a big way next month, with Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row the Third leading the charge.
Capcom, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and THQ are the first three third-party publishers to cast their lot with EA's PC game download service, a wise move considering the install base for the service was approaching four million prior to the release of Battlefield 3. While Capcom has yet to reveal which games would be available on the service, THQ and Warner Bros. should be able to carry third-party releases in November with Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row the Third alone.
"Since launch, we've had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognizing Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe," said David DeMartini, senior vice president of Origin at EA. "We're excited to welcome Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom as the first publishers to offer their games via Origin."
All three publishers will be releasing more titles on the service in the coming months.
I'm guessing these initial three are just the first of many third-party publishers hopping on the Origin bandwagon. Perhaps one day we'll be preordering the latest Call of Duty title from the EA-powered service.