15 May 2020
Electronic Arts (EA) has officially announced a new partnership with Valve that will result in EA games making a return to the latter's PC games storefront Steam. The deal will mark the end of the eight-year-long absence during which EA fans had to rely on other platforms like Origin to get their daily dose of EA games.
The upcoming EA game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be the first title that will become playable on Steam. The game will release on November 15th and is already available for pre-order via Steam. It is worth noting that even if your purchase it from Steam, you will need to have Original PC client to complete the installation and initial set-up process. After this, the game can be played directly from Steam but we don't know if you will need to keep the Origin client on your PC.
As per the announcement, EA will bring Sims 4 and Unravel Two to Steam in the coming months. For those who love to play multiplayer titles like FIFA 20, Apex Legends, and Battlefield V will have to wait until next year. The good news is that EA will offer cross-platform play between Steam and Origin players. It means if you have friends who purchased the game from Origin but you bought it from Steam, you will still be able to play online multiplayer mode with them.
The partnership between the two gaming industry giants is not limited to games. EA Access is also coming to Steam which makes it the first gaming subscription service to become available on the platform. It will have the same pricing and benefits that you get if you choose to buy EA Access on other platforms like Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4.
For the uninitiated ones, EA Access is a subscription service that offers access to various EA titles in exchange for $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. It also includes access to game trials, special discounts, and special in-game items. If you want to buy any of the new EA titles digitally, you will get a flat 10% discount. EA Access is available as Origin Access for PC gamers which also has an additional and more expensive price tier with some extra benefits.