Musings: I will not be buying Mass Effect 3

It was just announced that Mass Effect 3 will not be coming to Steam.  It was also further announced that it would require Origin no matter what and that it is not an opt-out.

Have fun with that EA.  I will not be buying Mass Effect 3.

It kills me that my favorite game of 2010 will not get finished.  But I harshly oppose EA’s origin service for reasons I already listed.  Its not the fact that it isn’t coming to Steam (though that is part of it), its the fact that even if I buy the CD, I have to login to Origin regardless.  That is DRM.  This is nothing but a slap in the face to your customers and your fans of the Mass Effect franchise Bioware/EA.  I don’t know why suddenly Mass Effect 3 requires all this when Mass Effect 1 & 2 worked just fine without Origin.

Also, this quote:

“During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time,” he wrote. “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.”

This quote amazes me because your the only developer that is constantly harping about the “unfairness of Valve’s policies” on downloadable content.  In fact, I’ve heard a heck of a lot more praise over Steam’s services from developers (and customers) than negativity about Valve’s policies.  (I can name them off if you wish)  Some game devs wouldn’t be around with Steam so what’s your excuse EA?  Oh right, its because you want everyone to go on their website and download DLC through that incredibly annoying method.  If more developers had issues, why haven’t I heard anything?  As far as I’m aware, Activision who is basically your brother in the gaming world hasn’t said anything about Valve’s unfair policies either.  (If they have, my bad and I will correct that statement).

So I guess that is that.  Its a real shame, because I thought EA had changed when Mass Effect, Dead Space and all these other great franchises and policies had come out.  How wrong I was…  Until EA reverses its decision on Origin, I will vote with my wallet and choose to no longer buy their games.



One Comment:

  1. This is my post on the Bioware forums:

    “I’m really, really disappointed in this. I bought both ME1 and ME2 on Steam and a bucketload of DLCs for ME2 simply because they were awesome games. I have no doubt ME3 will be fantastic, but with this whole Origin woo-ha-hah, I’m simply not going to get ME3 at all. I was considering getting a boxed version since I knew it wouldn’t be on Steam, but now that even boxed versions will require Origin as well, that’s an effective show stopper.

    Thank you for your hard work, Bioware! It’s only sad that you had to sell your soul to the devil on this :/

    *signing out for the last time*”

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