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Mass Effect 3 could be a PR disaster in the making for EA

Mass Effect 3

Like a lot of other folks I am waiting for the release of one of this year’s most anticipated games – Mass Effect 3; but if Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher, goes ahead with their rumored distribution plans they are going to have a lot of anger consumers on their hands, myself included.

According to an EA employee post on the Bioware SocialNetwork the company will require that both the digital and physical media for the game will have to have contact with EA’s Origin distribution platform in order to be played. On top of that there will be no distribution of the game via Valve’s Steam platform. That fact alone could have some serious repercussions when it comes to sales of the game.

From the EA employee post:

Is Origin required for the retail versions of the game?
Origin is required for the PC versions of Mass Effect 3, both physical and digital.

Will ME3 be available on Steam?
During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time. Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.

I know myself that if I can’t buy the game on Steam then I won’t be buying it even though it is one of my most wanted games for the year. Add in that the game will need to communicate with EA’s Origin platform in order to be playable and I would have to think twice about getting it even if it was available on Steam.

This is still fairly fresh news so I imagine that as the news spread so will the uproar and EA could have a real PR mess on their hands as more and more gamers take to the web to voice their disapproval over this move.

via Techie Buzz

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8 Responses to “Mass Effect 3 could be a PR disaster in the making for EA”

  1. Justin Stephen Holt

    Lol valve only sells its games on steam… Why can't way only sell its games on origin? Honesty, I like origin more they dont tie the launcher to their client.

  2. Joshua Mazengarb

    I don't see the problem with Origin, mainly due to never using it, but why would you not buy 2012's greatest game because it ain't on Steam?
    Xbox 360 seems to be the preferred Platform, go for that if you've got one.
    I've got Steam yet I always buy my games from the shop in person, not very trusting when it comes to online services.

  3. Mark Davidson

    I purchased ME2, have watched the opening cut scenes a half dozen times and beheld it's graphical beauty. Got as far as creating a character but still, have never really played. It's on my bucket list now. I have no real understanding of why I've started to play it and never got past the initial opening and into the game. Definitely not the game's fault. There is something wrong with me.

  4. Mark Davidson

    Just read the article. **** Steam. And **** Origin. I don't pirate games. Never have. I've always bought every game I've played. I don't even like having the physical media inserted. I'll make a disc copy or find a crack online to play a game I paid for. And how the heck am I supposed to put physical media in my M11x? EA are l4m3rz. They probably camp the rocket launcher spawn point when that aren't at work.

  5. Mark Davidson

    Seeing as how my comment will be put on the internet proper… Now re-writing for the public who may not understand the ways of gamer culture.

    It is unfortunate that EA has made this decision. I prefer not to have any physical media inserted at all and I prefer not to have to be connected via the internet to play a single-player game. I have always purchased my games. Always. However, once I've paid for it, it should be my game. It's unfortunate that people pirate games. I'm not a fan of Steam. I like holding the physical box.

    I'm wondering how I would be able to navigate around the physical media requirement. Particularly on my M11x. Perhaps a disc copy?

    For every security measure, there is a crack. Seems silly that I would have to use a crack, to play a game that I've purchased. Again, particularly on my M11x.