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Dragon Age II gets yanked off Steam

Dragon Age II fans hoping to download Legacy, the first DLC for the game, were surprised to find that on Legacy's release date, Dragon Age II was pulled off of Steam.

This isn't the first time EA and Steam have clashed, and while we can't say definitively why Dragon Age II has disappeared, the reason is likely to have to do with EA's own download service, Origin.

Legacy is only available as an in-game download from EA and not from Steam's shop front, which could violate of Steam's latest terms of services. So while EA would like to be the only company allowed to sell its own DLC, Steam refuses to compromise on what content will be available for its users.

It's a tough call to say who’s right, but easy to see that the only people really getting hurt by this are the game's fans.

Jul 27, 2011

Source: Desructoid

25 comments

  • aliengmr - July 28, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    Before Origin I went to EA's site to download a game. This was a little before they released their catalog on Steam. So I through the checkout process and I am about to hit the button when I notice an added charge of around 5$. An "online convenience fee" is what they called it. In that instant I knew what EA was all about. EA isn't stupid, they know the contract they signed with Valve and have twice now broken it. Seems clear EA is watching to see how Origin does before making a complete break from Steam. I believe their intentions will be made clear with Star Wars TOR. Since its an MMO, DLC will likely be irrelevant and Steam will be just another place to sell. So if that doesn't make it, I am betting future releases from EA won't be going to Steam. just a guess. Lets not forget, Digital downloads are cheaper due to the lack of packaging, storing and physical media. Yet EA is charging 10$ more across the board. All this shows me is EA wants to squeeze every last cent from gamers and believes we should be grateful they provide games at all.
  • Pruman - July 28, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    EA is being ridiculous here. Do they really think their (admittedly large) catalog of games can compete with the thousands of titles available on Steam, or that I want to let ANOTHER mandatory DD service run constantly and eat precious RAM, bandwidth, and CPU cycles? This fight for double D supremacy reminds me a lot of the "instant messenger wars" of the late 90's. Back then, everyone used AIM, but as better, but incompatible competitors showed up, frustration mounted to the point where I stopped using IM. The eventual solution was web-based IM like Gmail, along with programs like Raptr that let you be signed into all of the services at once. Whichever company does this first will be the winner. Also, I don't think Steam will make AIM's mistake of trying to leverage their numbers advantage by piling on ads and bloatware with each successive release until eventually the actual program is the smallest part of the install.
  • jakethesnakes - July 28, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    EA is being so dumb. I actually just finally finished DA:O yesterday and was thinking about picking up DA2, but I will NEVER buy it from origin. Maybe I'll just wait to see if an ultimate edition comes out (and comes to steam). If it does, then I might buy it, otherwise, no dice for me. Your loss EA. Just cost you another sale.
  • TheVoid - July 28, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    I'm all for healthy competition, but what EA is doing isn't healthy. Impulse is healthy. Origins? Not healthy. And I'm sure EA is scratching their heads, wondering why it worked for Valve and not for them. Well, it's mainly because Steam, unlike EA, respected and continues to respect it's customers. Activision may be gaming's new "bad guy" but EA shouldn't think that just because the torch has been passed that they are all apples and butter. EA still has a lot to prove, and humility wouldn't hurt if it hit the top of their list. Yank Origin, embrace Steam. Remind us that EA was once-upon-a-time all about games like Haunting and Road Rash and Buck Rogers. And Desert Strike and Archon and MULE. Give us what you want, not what you think we need.
  • dune5000 - July 28, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    i got a computer so i wouldnt be forced to get this ___________ (insert hardware, software, console of choice) now i need to bog down my computer more because EA is a little greedy... guess i just buy directly from bioware's site
  • Asmodean - July 28, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    What the **** is EA doing, they're going to burn a lot of bridges if they keep this up, what's more they're starting to go into monopoly territory just like the studios did in the 40's and 50's. For those who don't know controlling then means of production and distribution is not legal and a dick move to boot.
  • Yeager1122 - July 28, 2011 3:24 a.m.

    Oh well wasnt ever planning on buying Dragon age 2 on steam or not though i did buy origins on steam.
  • FlameChucks76 - July 28, 2011 2:58 a.m.

    I already did the mistake of buying this with high expectations. So please, save yourselves the trouble and wait until this game hits the bargain bin.
  • D0CCON - July 28, 2011 2:55 a.m.

    If I had to say my final words, I'd say that maybe Steam should have some competition and if done right, other publishers can take advantage of digital distribution and make it worthwhile to everyone. However, once you put a game on Steam, don't take it off of Steam. If BF3 never gets put up on Steam, that's fine, but I think this has to suck for people who own EA games on Steam and now won't be receiving any future support/content (I'm assuming).
  • Crabhand - July 28, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    That is too bad. There's nothing wrong with Origin, but needlessly complicating the process of buying games by putting them exclusively on different download services helps nobody.
  • Vitreosity - July 28, 2011 1:28 a.m.

    @ThatGuyFromTV: Yes, you can still play it, but they will no longer provide news updates and other various perks you got through Steam (you can still use the overlay like you can for non-steam games). They aren't able to buy anything related to the game anymore via Steam, but you can acquire them through other online shops and game retailers (if the DLC is provided through them). It is a huge ploy to get more people to support Origin, but there's no way anyone is going to take Steam off the market. Valve has more support for their own games and others'. I can guarantee that this is ultimately going to fail, and I am going to buy BF3 through a retailer before I support the crap they're shitting out with Origin. I can't wait for the day in a year or so when they say "Oh, we've lost a shitload on this. We should shut it down and come crawling back to Valve."
  • etherealshadow - July 28, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    What happened to EA saying they wanted Origin to be an additional service and not a direct competitor to Steam? I guess that idea's gone out the window.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - July 28, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    when the stuff gets pulled from Steam, do the people who bought it through steam still have the ability to play it. And if so, are they able to buy the DLC in-game from the Steam copy of the game? I'm trying to gauge how serious this is so I'll know whether or not to use steam to buy BF3 when it gets here. ...wait a minute, hold on, I just had another thought. What if this EA-game-pulling fiasco is a ploy to get more people get BF3 on Origin instead of Steam? People start thinking that Valve keeps pulling EA games off their market so they buy it off Origin instead to make sure they don't lose the ability to play the game or the ability to buy DLC. It's a bit far-fetched, but EA could be using this as a strategy to convince more people to buy this on Origin before its release.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - July 28, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    This entire EA vs. Steam thing just made sense to me. Steam keeps pulling EA games on DLC release dates because EA's trying to sell the DLC in game instead of through Steam and trying to cut Steam out of the profit for their DLC. Now that I think of it, exactly how much of the cut does Valve make on these games and on the DLC of these games? It has to be a significant amount if stuff like this is happening.
  • Gavo - July 28, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    First I thought: "Why are they doing this? They're just hurting themselves." Then I remembered it's EA. This stuff better be figured out by BF3 and ME3.
  • havokcycle - July 28, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    Dear EA - everyone already hated you, no need to beat a dead horse.
  • Red - July 28, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one on here ready to point out that Dragon Age 2 was a huge letdown, and therefore not a huge loss for Steam. I barely made it halfway through the game before I couldn't go any further, making it the second game I had to put down in disgust. The Force Unleashed was the first for anyone that was wondering.
  • D0CCON - July 28, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    @Errbo I'd say Overlord wasn't bad either (although LotSB is defiantly Bioware's best in DLC)
  • Errrrbo - July 28, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    Dragon Age 2 was a huge disappointment, so I had no interest in the DLC anyway. It also doesn't help that all of Bioware's previous DLC, with the exception of Lair of the Shadow Broker, has been mediocre to downright awful.
  • jackthemenace - July 27, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    @LSZ- Totally. I was massively let down by it. I never even bothered getting past the first chapter or year or whatever it was called. And, speaking of Bioware, y'know what OTHER sequel I was quite let down by in terms of Gameplay?

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