EA have confirmed that their up-coming shooter Battlefield 3 will not be sold through Valve’s digital distribution system for PC and Mac users, Steam.
Posting on EA’s official forum, an EA official states that the distribution system Steam “restricts our ability to directly support players”. All other major download sites will be supporting Battlefield, although their userbase compared to Steam is miniscule. EA go on to state “In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content, we are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers”.
EA were not willing to go into much detail regarding Steam’s restrictions, but here is what they did disclose “Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content”. EA are apparently in contact with the developers of Steam attempting to resolve this issue, an issue that could prove disastrous for Steam if Battlefield becomes a huge success.
Battlefield 3 is set for an October 28th release for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners, gamers across the pond in the USA will be able to get their mitts on the latest title in the Battlefield series three days before.
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