There were gasps of intrigue around the hallowed halls of many a respectable games journal when EA’s Crysis 2 was pulled from Valve’s Steam digital distribution service. Had EA and Valve’s relationship finally reached boiling point? Did the sheer mediocrity of Crysis 2 offend Steam’s head honchos?
The truth, as ever, is rather more prosaic. Crysis 2 has reappeared in Steam in its complete Maximum Edition, which includes all the game’s DLC. And this was, according to Rock Paper Shotgun, the original reason for the pull: a game which includes its own digital marketplace for DLC violates Steam’s terms and conditions. “Changes made by Crytek to Crysis 2: Maximum Edition have brought the game back into compliance with Steam’s terms of service,” an EA rep told RPS.
This also explains Dragon Age 2’s removal from Steam, as well as Mass Effect 3 and FIFA 12’s failure to appear on the service. EA seem keen on in-game DLC – presumably for the reason of MONEY – so this is unlikely to change until complete editions of each game are released. It’s also unknown whether or not EA’s upcoming releases, such as Dead Space 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter, will appear on Steam.
So, there. Games journalists: always making a drama out of a Crysis.