EA Brings Dozens of Games to Steam With EA Access to Follow Soon
EA has always been a touchy subject when it comes to PC gaming. The publisher has been notorious for years about requiring PC gamers to go through their own online storefront for EA games, as well as needing the Origin launcher to play them. Late last year, however, the company revealed that they would be forming a partnership with Valve. Most apparently, this meant that their games would be making the way over to Steam. It seems the first big wave of these is finally here, with EA dumping dozens of titles onto the Steam storefront this past Thursday. There's a lot of notable hits here, and we'll go into some examples down below. If your favorites are missing, don't worry; we've got news on that too.
First of all, though, is the official statement from EA themselves following all of this. The game drops are part of a new plan for EA that pushes the idea of playing wherever you want. "We want to make it easy to play the games you love wherever you want to play," stated Mike Blank, EA's SVP of Strategic Growth. "Delivering games to the Steam community is an important step in achieving this goal. Not only are we excited to have our games on Steam, but we look forward to bringing them even more value when our subscription becomes available in the Summer." That's right: EA Access is finally headed to Steam. You'll see little adverts for the service at the bottom of the EA games' pages. Similar to Sony's PS Now and Xbox's Games With Gold, EA Access requires a monthly (or yearly) subscription fee, which nets you free access to a huge catalog of games. In this case, the vault contains EA games specifically. Once integrated with Steam, players will gain access to other goodies on top of this, such as discounts and free trials. Further plans for it aren't known yet, but EA plans on divulging more later this summer.
Now, onwards to the games. Steam now houses all of Bioware's Dragon Age games, a handful of Need for Speed titles, all of the Crysis games, Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, and Unravel. As of the time of this writing, EA also threw in Command & Conquer Remastered Collection to both Origin and Steam. This is an entirely new game, and a show from EA that they plan to release new EA games simultaneously on Origin/Steam going forward. Some games are notably absent, such as Mass Effect: Andromeda, FIFA 20, The Sims 4, and Battlefield V. While we don't know when these are going to drop just yet, EA promises that more is on the way. For now, we'll just have to wait and see. It's a great day to be a PC gamer though, and a good sign for the future of Steam's ever-growing library despite the looming presence of the Epic Games Store (something that's been a hot button of controversy over the past couple of years).
While these all might seem like simple ports, it's important to note that some games, such as the aforementioned Command & Conquer remasters, will provide mod support via the Steam Workshop. At this point, there's really no excuse not to check these out. It seems like EA is trying to do a broad range of releases as well, hitting all of the notes for AAA games, cult hits, and indie titles alike. Make sure to keep an eye out for more as the summer rolls forward. Chances are high that EA plans more game releases around the same time EA Access becomes a thing on Steam. Here's hoping, anyways. Happy gaming, everyone!