Mass Effect 3 Launching On Origin, Not Steam

January 16, 2012, By Christian Davis

Well I’m sure most of you aren’t happy to hear this at all, though it should be expected by now. EA’s own gaming service, Origin hasn’t gotten the best praise from gamers and it doesn’t seem like it will anytime soon. EA announced today that the highly anticipated Mass Effect 3 will require Origin for physical and digital copies. BioWare’s Chris Priestly explained in detail how it will all work on the BioWare forums and surprisingly, the single player experience is affected too.

To play Mass Effect 3 on the PC, the game will have a single online activation for players wishing to play the single player. To play the games new multiplayer , you’ll have to stay connected to the internet.

So why not make the game available on Valves wildly popular Steam service?

“Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content,” he writes. “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.”

So if you wish to oppose Origin, you’ll have to purchase the game on the consoles.

What do you PC players think? Let us know in the comments.

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