First, a quick recap: A couple weeks ago, EA announced its brand new PC gaming download service, Origin. The publisher then took Origin to E3 and promoted it until our dreams began telling us to “download the rest of your innermost desires on Origin!” Days later, Crysis 2 went into invisibility mode and crept away from Steam's hallowed halls – permanently. Hell of way for EA to declare war, huh? Well, it would have been – you know, if EA had actually done anything.
“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,” the publisher said in a statement to GameFront.
“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.”
Hey, Origin counts as “another download service,” right? What a weird coincidence. But you don't think... no. There's no way.
At any rate, Crysis 2 is still available on services like Direct2Drive – in spite of being declared “Origin only” after its removal from Steam.
Regardless, EA plays for keeps, and Valve has a habit of ruthlessly crushing its competitors like – we don't know – a giant robot that believes it's a dog or something. At this point, a clash is inevitable, and we imagine the resulting fireworks show will be mind-blowingly expensive for both sides. Fingers crossed that Crysis 2 ends up being the only casualty, but – given that Star Wars: The Old Republic has embraced the dark side and gone Origin-exclusive – we wouldn't count on it.