EA has announced its biggest games are to return to Steam after years of the publisher forgoing the platform. FIFA 20, Battlefield V, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, The Sims 4, Apex Legends, and Unravel Two will all grace the platform “in the coming months”, EA says, while the EA Access subscription service will also come to Steam next spring.
“Electronic Arts and Valve have partnered to put EA games into the hands of the players on Steam,” EA says in a blog post. “Starting next spring, EA Access – our ever-growing subscription service powered by great games and member benefits – will be making its way to Steam. EA Access is the first and only gaming subscription service available on Steam, and the fourth platform featuring an EA subscription.”
Importantly, EA didn’t explicitly state the games listed would be part of EA Access’s Vault of free games – instead, the publisher said those titles would be coming to Steam, along with EA Access. PCGamesN has contacted EA to clarify.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be the first to come to Steam when it launches on November 15, though it is available to pre-order right now. It will be the first EA game to become available on Valve’s store since 2011, when EA left Steam to bolster its own marketplace, Origin. That platform has its own subscription service, Origin Access, which is similar to EA Access in many ways, but it differs in that it contains a basic tier and a premium tier. However, EA’s announcement makes clear the service coming to Steam is EA Access, not Origin Access.
EA Access was once exclusive to Xbox One, before it came to PlayStation 4 earlier this year. A membership grants you access to a Vault of games available at no extra cost, as well as extended trials and exclusive discounts for new games. On console, a subscription costs $5 / £4 per month or $30 / £20 per year.