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Battlefield 3 to require EA's Origin

16 Aug 11

Swedish game developers DICE have confirmed that EA’s new digital
distribution client, Origin, will be required to play their Battlefield 3 game on PC.

Steam users were disappointed with last week’s news that Battlefield 3 would not be available via Valve’s digital distribution
service. EA cited Steam’s rigid terms and conditions as the reason for the
game's absence from the service. It seems that there was a bit more to it than
that.

With regards to the Origin announcement, DICE community manager Daniel Matros spilled the beans via
Twitter. In response
to a fan’s question, "What about the rumours spreading on the forums that we
need Origin to play BF3 if we have the DVD?” he tweeted back, "Yes those ‘rumours’
are true :)”.

In order to play EA’s long awaited Battlefield 3, PC gamers
will need to install the publisher’s proprietary Origin digital distribution
client. Whilst this is to be expected if the game was purchased directly from
EA via their Origin store, players purchasing the game on disc from retail
outlets will also need to install the Origin client software.

The need to have another game client running in the
background may be disappointing for PC Battlefield gamers.  It is, however, understandable that EA would
want to launch their digital distribution platform with such a triple-A title.

It also wouldn’t be the first time such a move has been
pulled.

Before the Steam fraternity cries foul, Valve played a
similar hand with the release of the similarly anticipated Half-life 2 back in
2004. Purchasers of the retail game disc were required to install and use Steam
to activate and unlock the game. The launch was marred with problems as Steam’s
servers were overloaded with activation requests. Many players found themselves
unable to access the game. No doubt EA will have learnt from Valve’s
experience.

Battlefield fans not wishing to install the Origin client
can still enjoy Battlefield 3, without running additional software, on Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3. And, of course, there’s always Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
3.

Battlefield 3 is out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows
PC on October 27, whilst Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be available for
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on November 8.

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