No Steam Release for Mass Effect 3


Those of you who have been eagerly holding onto the cash in your Steam wallets for an upcoming Mass Effect 3 release are going to be a bit disappointed. Bioware has given confirmation that the game will not be appearing on Valve’s digital distribution service, citing the company’s “restrictive terms of service” as the primary reason.

“Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.”

The game will instead be available on EA’s Origin service at launch, as well as other third party digital retailers. Playing any version of the game will also require use of Origin, although players do have an option to opt out of the data collection portion of the game.

It all sounds a bit suspicious to me, seeing as how EA is the only other company that has vocally mimicked these complaints about “restrictive terms of service.” But, hey, I’m just a writer, not a game developer.

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