Eight years after the last EA title on Steam, everyone’s favorite American publisher is finally returning. Valve may own the most popular PC gaming platform but Electronic Arts had no interest in using it. Since Origin launched in 2011, EA has focused purely on supporting its own platform. However, that’s all changing now.
The first hint was perhaps the most cryptic. Electronic Arts’ official Twitter account posted an EA branded mug producing steam. This alone probably wouldn’t have meant much but there’s more to this story. The AngryJoeShow’s Visual FX editor @RobotBrush discovered a test config that seemed to launch Origin games through Steam.
Well, these hints have finally been proven true. Just over an hour ago EA posted yet another tweet confirming a new partnership between themselves and Steam. The main announcement was that their premium service, EA Access, would now support Steam gaming. With this update, EA Access officially becomes Steam’s first-ever supported games pass service.
The partnership kicks off with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launching on November 15… In the coming months, players on Steam will also be able to play other major titles like The Sims 4 and Unravel Two… Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V—will become available next year.EA Access and EA Games on Steam, EA.com
Crossplay and EA Access’ Future
Of course, having these titles on multiple platforms is a plus for PC gamers. However, the main appeal of this new deal is undoubtedly the promised crossplay. Regardless of if you’re using Steam or Origin, all players will be able to play together. Presumably, even when playing through Steam, EA’s games will support Origin’s social features.
The statement rounds off by promising Steam fans they have tonnes to look forward to. As they put it, “Get the red-carpet treatment,” by buying into their exclusive sales and in-game benefits. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s worth the investment. Either way, this is a great step in the right direction for PC gaming.