EA Pulls Crysis 2 from Steam Store, Now ‘Only On Origin’

by Mike Bendel June 14, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

Update: EA’s released a statement on the matter, saying it had no involvement in the axing of Crysis 2 on Steam. We’re told it was a licensing conflict between Valve and Crytek. Specific details on that remain unknown. Additionally, the ‘Only On Origin’ button has been changed to ‘Buy Now On Origin’ to reflect this.

It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA.

Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.

Crysis 2 continues to be available on several other download services including Origin.com.

The digital distribution wars just got personal for EA: they’ve pulled Crysis 2 from the Steam store. It’s now available on the company’s Origin service, labeled as an exclusive offering.

Despite this, as of writing, the title is still available on Direct2Drive, Impulse, and GamersGate. However, it’s possible that EA is still in the process of cutting ties with other services.

While the jury is still out on whether this exclusivity will apply to all of EA’s digital offerings going forward, it’s a likely bet, as BioWare recently confirmed that its upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic will be an Origin exclusive. Moreover, today’s release of Alice: Madness Returns is nowhere to be found on Steam.

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Trigun says:

Well, that's stupid.

Who do they think they have under their thumb enough to go along with this?

They must really mis judge the loyalty of their fans

nick2412 says:

Cool I'll just pirate every game they have from now on, sorry but if you're going to be an asshole and pull a dick move by removing games/updates from steam you don't deserve my money. In fact I'm going to go ahead and pirate crysis 2 right now, at warezbb.. go die in a hole EA.

hush404 says:

... Guess I'm pirating the fucking thing then.

MenaceInc says:

Aaaahahahahaha. Fair enough then EA. You won't be getting any more money from me then for PC games.

El Diablo says:

This is BS, so much for BF3.

BlackSheep says:

Bye two copies of bf3 i was going to get ill pirate them instead

Takomancer says:

guess im not buying alice, but pirating? yes

Adiuvo says:

Like everyone else, I really don't feel bad about pirating their stuff now. Origin is crap, especially with download limits.

Cloudy says:

I'm all for competition but seriously? It's unlikely I'll actually buy it now - Steam is where I and most PC gamers get games from.

Your loss, EA.

TeamOverload says:

There goes their sales figures.

Abe Froeman says:

I don't see what the big deal is.

El Diablo says:

What if Activision pulled their games from retailers and the only place you could purchase them would be at Gamestop or somewhere that they sponsor or promote or what have you. Surely no one would be happy about that and it would be a big deal, it's the same thing but with an online retailer. Except that their service is inferior, only works with their games, and no one uses it where as any PC gamers has a steam account and almost always buys all of their games on their so there's a huge network.

Edit: I know right now they only pulled Crysis 2 but I think we all know that all of their games coming out after this will do the same shit, especially their big games like Battlefield.

NeilR says:

Crysis 2 Pulled from Steam; EA Denies Involvement

x3sphere says:

So Crysis 2 was a specific case but that doesn't address whether future EA titles will hit Steam or other services. Alice is on other DD platforms but nowhere to be found on Steam.

Whatever, though. If they pull any Origin exclusive shit I won't be buying. It's Steam or nothing for me on PC.

El Xando says:

Same. I will be extremely disappointed if BF3 isn't on Steam...

Abe Froeman says:

You guys would honestly boycott a game if you can't buy it on Steam? Can't you play non-Steam games on Steam?

Who cares where you bought the game? (Live Marketplace, DtD, Etc.)

El Xando says:

I wouldn't, I would just prefer to buy games on Steam. Otherwise I have to buy a physical copy for PC at least.

x3sphere says:

I would, unless a physical copy is available. I'm already adverse to buying EA titles through Steam because they have silly install limits. I've reinstalled the original Crysis on like 4 machines, so after the next one (or reformat) I'll hit my install limit and after that I have to call them to activate it.

So I'm not too keen on buying anything through EA's own network, where they have full control.

Valve is the only company that seems to give a damn about its customers, and so it is the only DD platform on PC I'm comfortable investing in. Any title that's exclusive to Steam has no install limit. The only DRM is Steam itself.

El Xando says:

Wait, so even though you bought Crysis 1 on Steam you only get 5 installs? O.o

x3sphere says:

Yup, it has SecuROM, 5 install limit:


El Xando says:

Wow, that's stupid :/

I hate EA Download Manager as well. Crysis 2 installed it even though it doesn't utilise it what-so-ever.

MenaceInc says:

For myself, I've invested a lot of money and confidence in the Steam service.

As x3 has said, Valve's customer support is great which I've had to use when I got the wrong tshirt sent out and also had to add games with an old CD key that wouldn't work correctly. They let me keep the tshirt they sent out incorrectly as well as ship the correct one free of charge while they also added the games when I sent them a photo of my CD key.

EA on the other hand have been responsible for the downfall of many games I enjoyed as I grew up. They've gotten better as a publisher over the years with not pushing developers so hard and Activision has taken the limelight as the publisher to hate but a number of steps lately such as the BF3 pre-order DLC and pulling games off Steam to create download platform exclusives is ridiculous.

TeamOverload says:

From what I've read (although don't remember the source at the moment, so take this with a grain of salt), the game might have been booted by Valve, because EA had plans on making any DLC for Crysis 2 exclusive to Origin, which didn't bode well for them, as they didn't want to sell customers' a game, and then have them rely on other distribution channels to purchase more content for it. Makes sense to me.

Slasher says:

Besides the part where on the EA website it says for Crysis 2 "Buy Now - Only on Origin"?

I have a feeling that wouldn't be in writing on the EA website so soon after Crysis 2 found its way off of steam, especially if it were steam who removed Crysis 2 for whatever reason.

TeamOverload says:

"EA has denied any involvement in the removal of Crysis 2 from Steam, claiming that it was removed due to the violation of Steam's TOS. The violation apparently involves Crysis 2's involvement with another, unnamed digital distribution service"


nick2412 says:

You guys are so funny. Steam does not determine whether or not I will ever buy the game. The only exception to this rule is blizzard, because let's face it, they are one of the top gaming companies in the world. If a game is not on steam, I resort to one method to acquire my games, piracy. It's just that simple. As a result you could be seeing me playing Alice on steam, does it mean I actually legally bought it? Nope.avi

KezraPlanes says:

Apparentely only Crysis 2 has been pulled from Steam, Alice has been released there today.

LocutusEstBorg says:

This is a good thing. All PC games are only $22 on the EA Store, for me at least.

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