EA and Valve have become friends again and next Spring EA access will launch on the Steam storefront. EA will also start releasing games on Steam once more, they stopped when they launched their own online store, Origin.
“This is the start of an exciting partnership with Valve that will see us innovating for PC players around the world,” said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. “Through our subscription, great games and more, we’re excited to bring players in the Steam and Origin communities together with access to the best games, whenever and wherever they want to play.”
“This is a good day for gamers,” said Valve’s Gabe Newell. “We’re excited to partner with EA to not only bring their great games and subscription service to Steam, but also to open up our communities to each other in an unprecedented way that will benefit players and developers around the world.”
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be the first title and it is available to pre-order on Steam right now. The game is centred around a new character from the Star Wars universe: Cal Kestis – a former Jedi Padawan forced into exile following the execution of Order 66. He’s been trying to keep his head down and avoid the clutches of The Empire though he’s ultimately forced to come out of hiding, embarking on a Star Wars saga that will take fans to previously unexplored corners of the galaxy.
EA will also be releasing their back catalogue on Steam with The Sims 4, Unravel, Apex Legends, FIFA 20 and Battlefield V all coming to Valve’s platform. They have also revealed that later next year players on Origin and Steam will be able to play together.
The move to Steam will be a blow to the rival storefront at Epic, no doubt EA were, and probably still are, having talks with them.