Battlefield 3 will require EA's Origin to play on PC

PC Battlefield 3 fans will have no choice but to use Electronic Arts' Origin service if they wish to play the hugely anticipated sequel. Daniel Matros, EA's Global Battlefield community manager, confirmed today via Twitter that PC players will be required to install and register with the newly launched digital distribution service to play, even if they own a physical copy.

“Yes those 'rumors' are true :),” wrote Matros in response to a fan's concern regarding the prerequisite, throwing smiley face etiquette to the wind.

Launched in June, Origin is the latest evolution of EA's Download Manager and EA Store, services which replaced EA Link in November 2006. Much like Valve's Steam, Origin allows PC and mobile players to test drive or download EA games, share gaming accomplishments with the world, and interact with other Origin members. As it is a free service, EA's move shouldn't ruffle too many feathers except those who hate signing up for stuff or just EA in general.

Battlefield 3 will release for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 25th in North America, and October 28th in the UK.

Aug 12, 2011

Source: Gamespot 

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  • komadose - August 14, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    i have no problems with this. you think Origin will fuck up your PC? yeah, right... it's just a minor inconvenience. you've had to log in to EA servers anyway in, well, every BF. ParagonT, you think they can afford raising prices? i found boxed copy for 26€ (incl. shipping) for pre-order. Origin has it for 50€. do you absolutely need to get it digitally?
  • raptorak - August 13, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    I wish everyone would boycott BF3 - too bad it is an awesome game. Really don't want another download service, Steam is buggy and slow enough without some piece of shit from EA tacked on as well. My god are their servers slow, the most boring part of Bad Company is waiting for their shitty servers to respond. This is a nightmare come true.
  • ParagonT - August 13, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    I really want Origin to do well for a little while, but then I want EA to crash and burn. EA isn't known for it's great consumer outlook and business practices. It's not the kind of company that I want cornering the market. As my principles as a consumer, as fun as EA's games are, for the good of the industry I'll pass on their games, if I even get a hint of consumer distrust. I can live without games and I have a SPINE, so I hope others finally find theirs as well. Competition is healthy, but I only want to use EA as a way for Steam to generate more deals to try and hold the market. Frankly competition for consumers is very healthy, but the problem with this is that all games will become only available through their own service, which means you will not be able to buy the digital copy anywhere else or the DLC anywhere else for that matter. This means they could raise prices and compel consumers to buy from them because it's the ONLY way for them to get the game digitally. That means bigger companies, will have an advantage due to the volume of games they possess. WHICH IS BAD. People want one folder for their games, not multiple, it's inconvenient. I don't want Valve to stay on top, but I don't want a split in the unity of the platform.
  • Jacko415 - August 13, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    WOW. So they realized everyones gonna go retail to avoid they're stupid fucking origin so they're forcing it down our throats... WE WANT STEAM. THATS ALL. WE DONT NEED OR WANT ORIGIN.
  • TheLastRGP - August 13, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    SOMEBODY HELP ME BUILD A PC SO I CAN PLAY THIS GAME. I am getting it on the 360, but would love to play on PC.
  • jmcgrotty - August 13, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    You can't really blame them for trying to do this. They know their target audience are FPS players, and those people have no common sense. The only problem is that people might end up being accused of taking advantage of retards.
  • AFilthyIbis - August 13, 2011 6:29 a.m.

    I use steam. I have a lot of games on steam. I like steam. It doesn't matter how functional Origin is (or isn't) I certainly won't be splitting my games library(again) to sign on. Steam and Valve have been good to me (insane sales, generally lower prices and, of course, free stuff), so I see no need to sign up to a new service which has nothing to offer but EA games. I was on the fence about BF3, but Origin is the last straw of indifference.
  • Yeager1122 - August 13, 2011 5:01 a.m.

    Ill stick to sream only because i already have a ton of games on it and dont care about Battlefield 3 on pc since im buying that one for my 360.
  • GayforGilbert - August 12, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    To pretty much everybody posting here...It's Origin, not Origins.
  • ChrisCultista - August 12, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    Steam took 7-10 years to become a good download platform, but now Origins is trying to do the same thing. And it could have worked too... if Steam didnt exist...
  • Robx - August 12, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    @db1331 Yo dawgh, I herd u liek breaking the NDA, so we put an NDA in yo NDA so you can break your NDA while yo break yo NDA I liked battlelog, but I disliked having to use the web-browser as the game's navigation menu. I kind of made up my mind for this one, it'll be a console buy.
  • D0CCON - August 12, 2011 8:16 p.m.

    I'm against removing games that were already on Steam, but this is fine in my books. Is it really that hard to have 2 Steam-like applications on your PC? It's not like downloading Origin forces you to delete Steam and all of your Steam games. I'd say Battlelog alone will make up for it.
  • azureguy - August 12, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    EA is free to do whatever they deem necessary (they need all the money they can get imo) but they just don't realize that Steam has had too many years to establish itself. They have all the indie games, all the Valve games, A solid infrastructure and, how could I forget, sales all the time. The only things Origin could do better than Steam is 1. normal prizes for Australians and 2. handling age verification better so that people living in Germany and Australia can buy uncut games. I bet a lot of people would at least buy a few games if they knew they are uncut. My personal reason why Steam is great is because you can play the game in the language you want, you just download the files. If Origin doesn't have that, they'll never see me there!
  • ZigzMagoo - August 12, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    I don't know why people are bitching, when Origins is a free service, and is a tiny download. It does not affect your experience in any way at all. ReCaptcha: I actually got a heiroglyphic. WTF
  • angelusdlion - August 12, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Cue mass bitching by people who are going to buy the game anyway.
  • UberNoob - August 12, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    I use both Steam and Origin. Steam just seems to offer move value and is more consumer friendly IMO. Origin is okay, but I only used it to purchase Crysis 2 (BIG MISTAKE).
  • yasmarc - August 12, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    If a Steam fanboy and a Mac fanboy had a baby the world would implode in a chasm of retardation. Steam was a PIECE OF SH*T when it launched, it's taken them 10 years to get where they are with it. It keeps all your games in one a bookshelf OMG.
  • shadowreaper72 - August 12, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    People its free to sign up with origins theyre not asking you for your life savings so STFU!
  • db1331 - August 12, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    In the Alpha, the game ran through Battlelog, which ran through your web browser. After you signed into Battlelog you could close Origin entirely and play without issue. You might've even been able to just go straight to the site yourself without even opening Origin in the first place. I'm not sure how much of this will change before release. I will say that Origin is horribly useless, and does nothing that Steam doesn't already do better. Battlelog, on the other hand, was great. It seems your friends list for BF3 is separate from your Origin friends list, as you still had to add your Origin friends again within Battlelog. One of the things that was nice about BL was that all of your buddies could form a party and then join whichever server you wanted as a group. It was like having the party features of XBL but with dedicated servers. Anyone not getting this due to Origin is only going to hurt themselves.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 12, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Yeah, people are gonna be pissed about this, but I've been thinking about this for a little bit, and it turns out that maybe games have gone farther into digital distribution than I thought. I always thought that consoles as we know it would eventually end because of the advancement of digital distribution, and for the system to continue the way it is now, the equivalent of "consoles" would appear on the internet so that the economic benefits of console competition ("console" exclusivity, in this case) would keep the market in check... say hello to Steam and Origin, the future of game consoles.

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