Over the weekend, EA published a list of all the digital retailers you'd be able to preorder Battlefield 3 from. There were dozens of stores. Yet Steam wasn't one of them.
That's led to speculation that, in the wake of the recent, ahem, change in relationship between EA and Steam owners Valve, you won't be able to buy the game on the PC's most popular digital shopfront.
The thing is, the list has since been pulled from the game's site. Perhaps because of that 2+2=5 speculation! After all, just because a game doesn't appear on a preliminary list of preorder sites doesn't mean it won't be available at all.
Case in point: recent EA release Alice: Madness Returns wasn't available for preorder on Steam. Yet on the day of its release, bam, it magically appeared for sale on Valve's service.
The same may well be true in this case. We've contacted EA to see what's up, and will update if we hear back.