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EA adds 10 new partners to Origin

Ten new videogame partners have inked a deal with EA to distribute their games on the mega-studio's digital downloading service, Origin. Starting with this week's addition of Trion Worlds (Rift), EA will soon feature titles from CD PROJEKT RED (The Witcher series), Freebird Games (To the Moon), Autumn Games (Skullgirls), Recoil Games (Rochard), 1C Company (King's Bounty), inXile entertainment (Choplifter HD), Core Learning Ltd., Paradox Interactive (A Game of Dwarves), and N3V Games (Arcania).

“More than anything else, Origin is focused on providing you with choices,” wrote Craig Rechenmacher, EA's vp of business development and marketing. “From blockbuster franchises to high-quality independent titles, we’re bringing the industry’s best content to one place. We’re excited to welcome our new partners and their diverse range of games for you to enjoy on Origin.”

These newbies join Origin's growing list of notable publishers and developers including THQ, Capcom, and Warner Interactive. Of course, Origin is also home to EA's first party titles, and as we learned last week, a membership to the service is becoming mandatory for high profile games like Mass Effect 3.

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  • cyanidegold - January 25, 2012 7 p.m.

    "Origin is focused on providing you with choices"... except for the choice to play your favorite EA games on your favorite platform (Steam).
  • Triscuitable - January 24, 2012 8 p.m.

    I don't care what people say. I enjoy using Origin. Unlike Steam's cluttered interface for the library, I see the covers of my games, just click them, and it's up. Sure, it lacks the deals (or subtlety) of Steam, but remember, we all hated Steam in it's infancy as well. Origin will grow, but it's not ready yet.
  • TheVoid - January 25, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    For starters, you can adjust Steam's library so that it also shows just the covers, even allowing you to scale the size to cram more or fewer titles onto the screen based on your preference. So there! Although I'd be lying if I said that Steam was perfect. It's interface could use an overhaul and their removed support platform could stand to tie in more easily to the main app itself. And I would further agree that the thought of having to be connected to the internet to fire up my new store-bought copy of Half Life 2 absolutely INFURIATED me at the time. But that was SEVEN years ago, and at the time Steam was the only real game in town (in terms of a PC-specific gaming distribution platform) so they had a lot more freedom and flexibility with the growing pains all sides endured. But since then Steam has become strongly embraced by most PC gamers, and in some ways it arguably saved PC gaming during a time when most retailers and publishers could care less. And since Steam answers to gamers rather than stockholders, interface issues aside it has done just about everything right to make it's users extremely happy. Which is why I get downright pissed when I look at Origin and it's "let's just ape Steam in every way possible except for the bits that have made Steam an enormous success" mentality. EA had PLENTY of time to study Steam and determine a) what has made it so damn successful and b) how a competitive platform could improve upon the existing formula. But they didn't. As far as I can tell Origin has not once shown that that they understand that they have a long road ahead of them if they intend to lure Steam's users towards their platform, and EA's "take our ball and go home" opening volley has absolutely done more harm than good in that regard. And this is EA we are talking about, a company with an IMMENSE catalog of PC games stretching DECADES. I mean seriously, talk about missed opportunities! Origin could have launched and offered adopters a handful of free games from their all-but-forgotten back catalog as a simple gesture of goodwill, even if it were the likes of relatively ancient games like BF1942, Sims1, C&C1, the original Medal of Honor, etc. How much are they making from those games these days anyway? As a "new Origin user bundle, compliments of EA", that alone would have probably turned some heads and worked as an effective (and goodwill-ladden) lure, but no dice. Instead Origin clings desperately to same-as-retail pricing with a "free games" section populated with nothing but demos. Wow, EA, thanks! The issue at hand is that Origin could have hit the scene with all guns blazing while actively positioning themselves as a serious contendor to Steam's current (and well-earned) dominance. But they didn't, which is really too bad and indicitive of EA's greedy corporate mentality vs. Steam's dedication to it's user base. As I've said before, despite drawing lots and lots of dollars from me, I've never felt that Steam was only ever interested in taking my money. I simply cannot say the same for Origin, and several months post-launch they continue to do nothing to change that attitude.
  • TheVoid - January 24, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    So Origin is increasing their catalog. Fine. Although in my opinion they should have taken care of this long before they went live. Now they just need to figure out a way to entice their target audience. And by "entice" I do not mean "strong arm those interested in purchasing a new triple-A EA title into adopting the system by offering them no other choice". Ah, EA...you've had YEARS to study Steam before unveiling your own brand of "competition", yet Origin's launch hasn't really roped in anyone other than those who bought BF3, has it? And even then, I'd be curious to know how many BF3 sales were lost because of said strong-arming. Personally, I can vouch for at least one... So Origin continues to flounder. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe it has something to do with... ...a complete lack of game deals (whereas Steam usually has a handful at any given moment, not to mention their occassional blow-out super sales). ...no sense of community (which admittedly may have a lot to do with Origin being in it's infacy, but EA isn't really doing much to help the cause, are they?) ...an insulting EULA, which falls squarely in my "thanks but no thanks" file of "much better off without" declined offers. ...a sluggishly growing - but nowhere near Steam-level - catalog. And may I just say news of these 10 new partners, while each fine in their own right, is just a touch underwhelming (if not spectacularly "too little, too late"). But surely, Origin must offer SOMETHING to it's prospective users that Steam doesn't, right (aside from the aforementioned EA AAA-list exclusivity)? Let's see...(reviewing Origin's website's "Benefits of using Origin" section)...ok so EVERYTHING Origin lists is currently offered by Steam, and in some cases to a much better degree (i.e. "consolidate your library" via Steam allows users to add ANY GAME PURCHASED OUTSIDE OF STEAM to their Steam interface, whereas Origin appears to only allow EA games (purchased outside of Origin) to theirs). The ONLY point that made me go "huh - I don't think Steam has this" was "Origin Goes Where You Go", which describes a portal to mobile gaming via Origin. Fine. Now allow me to immediately file that under "could care less". C'mon EA - you're not even trying here. Do you intend to carry on with this while simply IGNORING the bad taste you've left in everyone's mouths? If you want to change everyone's opinion that Origin is nothing more than a money-grubbing take-my-ball-and-go-home-fueled attempt at cutting Steam out of your revenue-hungry existence, you had better start trying a whole lot harder. Your triple-A title exclusivity is simply not enough. There are plenty of awesome games out there, to the point where I can certainly live without BF3 and ME3 in favor of just about everything else. Unless, of course, those (and the rest of EA's on-the-horizon list of games) find their way back to Steam, in which case myself and likely a whole lot of others would be more willing to bite considering Steam has already won the hearts and minds of Origin's target market. And for the record, I'm all for Steam having some healthy competition. Origin just ain't it, not yet and probably not ever.
  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 24, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    I was sceptical about the whole "world is ending this year fnaaaar" thing, until I read this article. The end is nigh.
  • bigwill1221 - January 24, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    They trying to kill steam or something, so they control pc market?.. I don't get it
  • profile0000 - January 24, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    EA, look, I love you but please, just stop. Hardly anyone cares about Origin.
  • CameronPoe - January 24, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    Guess I still don't have a reason to install Origin.
  • e1337prodigy - January 24, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    So you don't want to play one of the best multiplayers out there; BF3. or play one of the best RPGs and best looking games out; Witcher 2. All the other games I don't even know about.
  • chriszewski - January 24, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    Almost every product sold through origin is available (or will be) on another platform, its EA afterall... Still no reason to install origin.
  • CameronPoe - January 25, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Yeah I enjoyed the BF3 beta on the PS3 and if I bought it i'd get it on that. The Witcher 2 doesn't really interest me at the moment as I've got a bunch of RPGs I plan to beat already.
  • UberNoob - January 24, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    None that really concern me. Maybe the Witcher Series, but not much(not my kind of game).
  • mwe12 - January 24, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    it shouldn't concern you not because you don't care about the witcher but because the witcher is available everywhere else on steam or Retail Box and other digital stores not exclusive to origin. i think EA made a 'deal' for these publishers to put their stuff on origin....
  • UberNoob - January 24, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    I know they made a deal, I can read: "Ten new videogame partners have inked a deal with EA to distribute their games on the mega-studio's digital downloading service, Origin." I'm just saying none of the listed partners are any that have my interest or anything along that line.

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