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Crysis 2 Pulled from Steam, Now Origin Exclusive

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EA has pulled Crysis 2 from Steam and now offers the PC game exclusively on its just-(re)launched Origin online store.

Thanks to the keen eyes of numerous Steam users who noticed that Crytek's new FPS is no longer available,  Electronic Arts has reportedly pulled the PC version of Crysis 2 from Valve's digital distribution platform. It now appears on EA's own revamped distribution platform called Origin as an "exclusive title."

Currently Crysis 2 is still up for sale on GamersGate and Direct2Drive, leading to speculation that EA may be shunning Steam specifically. Still, Alice: Madness Returns, which was launched on Tuesday, has yet to appear on Steam, and the publisher already stated last week that BioWare's upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic would be an Origin exclusive when it launches later this year. A special edition of Battlefield 3 is also slated as an Origin exclusive.

"In the case of Star Wars we're trying to build an audience for Origin," said EA Games president Frank Gibeau. "And it's also an opportunity for us to better manage the downloads and how we bring people over from the beta and that sort of thing. For a lot of reasons it made sense for an MMO, which is a highly complex deployment."

"I think long-term you'll see we believe in reach so we will have other digital retailers for out products because we want to reach as many audiences as possible," he added. "But at the same time if we can use exclusive content or other ideas to help grow our audience then we're going to do that because we're growing a platform."

The company confirmed on Wednesday that it plans to offer more digital titles exclusively on Origin as well as other unique Origin-specific content. Right now EA still has its own special micro-store set up on Steam's platform, offering recently-published titles like Bulletstorm, The Sims 3 Generations, Dragon Age II and many more.

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    shanky887614 , 16 June 2011 02:57
    i guess i wont be getting crysis then, i was kinda thinking about getting it

    ah well, there's plenty more fish in the sea
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    LePhuronn , 16 June 2011 03:20
    just buy the retail box instead - I really doubt the exclusivity to Origin will extend to retail stores too.

    IF it does then FU EA I won't be getting it.
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    may1 , 16 June 2011 04:55
    Just tried Origin, seriously no difference from its predecessor.
    Why is EA doing this? Don't they understand that this so called programme is inferior to Steam in every way possible? Why would one want to use this platform, only to know that you can only purchase EA titles and no indie and other dev titles which Steam provides? I mean seriously EA....
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    shanky887614 , 16 June 2011 05:18
    i think steam is great, if you lose the disk then you can still play (or gets destroyed) as long as you still have the recite and game code that is
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    princeofdreams , 16 June 2011 15:26
    This is nothing more than greed, EA are as bad as Activision, they want to cream as much off each customer as possible. And destroying their own industry by doing it.

    Remember when PC games came with modding tools? For free, the whole community used to make modifications, maps, even complete add on games sometimes, Counter Strike is perhaps the best example, started out as a free mod for Halflife, and is still one of the most played games.

    But all that raw talent, that youth culture that grew around gaming is being shut out, these games companies are not only stuffing you for $60 for a game, they want to keep charging you over and over again with micro payments for crappy DLC which tends to be 4 or 5 new maps, which before the community made you for free

    I was thinking of buying Crysis 2, but not now, they can stuff origin up their proverbial
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    Spyker2041 , 16 June 2011 15:59
    There is no way I will ever use a downloads platform by EA. EA Download Manager was complete crap.
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    mi1ez , 16 June 2011 16:57
    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Do they not realise this will harm sales?
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    shanky887614 , 17 June 2011 00:34
    i will never buy a game that has dlc

    look at call of duty for example you can pay way more for dlc than the actual game