Call It A Comeback: EA Returns To Steam Starting With Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order On November 15
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, nor are we with any fancy Photoshop manipulation. The image you see above is a real listing on Steam for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is notable because Electronics Arts is the publisher. As has been speculated recently, EA confirmed it is making a comeback to Steam, ending a long hiatus in favor of its own Origin digital distribution platform.
"This is the start of an exciting partnership with Valve that will see us innovating for PC players around the world," said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. "Through our subscription, great games and more, we’re excited to bring players in the Steam and Origin communities together with access to the best games, whenever and wherever they want to play."
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the first EA title to mosey on over to Steam. The game comes out on November 15, but the listing is live right now for accepting preorders through Steam, priced at $59.99 for the regular edition and $69.99 for the Deluxe Edition.
"This is a good day for gamers," said Valve’s Gabe Newell. "We’re excited to partner with EA to not only bring their great games and subscription service to Steam, but also to open up our communities to each other in an unprecedented way that will benefit players and developers around the world."
EA is planning to bring more games to Steam in the coming months, including The Sims 4 and Unravel 2. Looking a little further down the road, EA says multiplayer titles like Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V will all find their way to Steam as well, albeit sometime next year. And yes, players on Steam and Origin will have the ability to play together, EA says.
In addition to standalone games, the EA Access subscription service is headed to Steam next spring. This gives players the ability to subscribe to a growing catalog of PC games.
This is good news for gamers, though if there is a downside, EA will continue operating Origin as a separate storefront. Unfortunately, games already purchased on Origin will not be transferable to Steam. This feels like a missed opportunity, though perhaps this stance will change down the line.
Otherwise, this is welcome news. EA abandoned Steam way back in 2011 with the release of Crysis 2, citing Valve's "set of business terms for developers." It's not clear what specific terms might have changed to prompt this partnership.