After launching EA Origin eight years ago, the publisher is now returning to Steam – starting with the upcoming release of Jedi: Fallen Order.
EA teased its return over the weekend, while its roll out will begin on November 15, with Fallen Order.
The highly anticipated Star Wars title is available to pre-order on Steam now.
"Since the time we removed our games from Steam, there’s been this dramatic increase in the number of gaming services, which you would think would be really good for players. But I think in many cases, it’s the exact opposite," said senior VP Mike Blank in an interview with gamesindustry.biz.
"It creates more difficulty for players, and providing player choice — from my perspective and speaking on behalf of EA — is really critical. It’s an opportunity to make it possible for people to play where they want, to reduce that fragmentation and make it more frictionless… Reducing that fragmentation is really important. It’s the most player-first thing we can do."
That isn't to say that EA's own storefront and launcher, Origin, is going anywhere. Many of its titles, including Fallen Order will require the launcher to be installed as part of its DRM. EA Access, which will come to Steam "next spring," will also require installation of Origin.
Single player games like The Sims 4 and Unravel Two will start appearing on Steam in the coming months, while multiplayer titles like Apex Legends, FIFA 20 and Battlefield 5 will launch on the platform next year.