It’s been rumoured and teased for a while, with many suggesting that EA games would make their way back to Valve’s platform. Well, it’s happening, but it’s a little more than that. EA’s subscription service EA Access will come to Steam, allowing Steam players to grab EA games as part of a subscription and get early access to EA games. Origin and Steam players will also be able to play EA games together.
“Electronic Arts and Valve have partnered to put EA games into the hands of the players on Steam. 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.
The partnership kicks off with Star Wars™ Jedi: Fallen Order launching on November 15—and available for pre-order today. In the coming months, players on Steam will also be able to play other major titles like The Sims™ 4 and Unravel™ Two. Multiplayer games—like Apex Legends™, FIFA 20, and Battlefield™ V—will become available next year, and players on both Origin™ and Steam will have the ability to play together.
A library of titles awaits you in The Vault, but beyond the games themselves, EA Access enhances your gaming experience with a medley of rewards. Get the red-carpet treatment with exclusive catalog-wide discounts, and in-game member benefits for some of our biggest franchises.”
Unfortunately, you’ll still need to have Origin installed and running – pretty much as it is with Ubisoft games and uPlay. Here’s what it says about DRM on the Fallen order pre-order page:
“Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: EA on-line activation and Origin client software installation and background use required. “
Last Updated: October 29, 2019