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Crysis 2 Pulled From Steam, Now 'Only On' EA's Origin

Illustration for article titled emCrysis 2/em Pulled From Steam, Now Only On EAs Origin

You may have missed your chance to purchase shooter Crysis 2 on anything but EA's new Origin service, the re-branded EA Store that aims to go head-to-head with the likes of Valve's Steam platform. Crysis 2 has been yanked from Steam, with EA saying it's now available "only on Origin."

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Well, sort of.

While Steam is no longer selling Crytek's futuristic first-person shooter, plenty of other digital distribution services—Amazon, Impluse, Direct2Drive, et al.—still carry the game, as spotted by NeoGAF user sflufan. Whether EA is targeting Steam only as a competitive reseller or the other means to get Crysis 2 haven't been informed of the change we don't yet know.

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But many EA published games are still available through Steam, including this year's Bulletstorm, Dragon Age II and Shift 2 Unleashed. Alice: Madness Returns, released today on PC, is also "only on Origin"—and Amazon and Direct2Drive. We would anticipate seeing the same tactic for other EA PC releases, like this year's Battlefield 3.

We're asking EA what's up.

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DISCUSSION

ummm, not to stir the kettle, or point out the obvious... but isn't valve in the business of making and publishing games too?

as already mentioned, steam wasn't exactly well received or brilliant on it's first iteration.

why is it all of a sudden evil thing for EA to give it a shot as well?

it is safe to assume that EA has been watching steam for awhile now and would be foolish to think titles alone are going to draw customers. i can only imagine they'll have to compete with the sales steam has on a regular basis.

even currently most games that are on steam are priced the same on the EA store, and their sales frequently mirror each other on the EA deals albeit some slight variations.

/2cents