Unfortunately for fans of both BioWare and EAs Mass Effect series on PC and Valves content delivery service Steam, it looks like Mass Effect, like Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic before it, will not be coming to Steam. This unfortunate news was delivered via a Q&A on BioWare’s forums with one of their community managers, Chris Priestly. Priestly revealed that while it will be available via other 3rd party gaming digital retailers, Steam would not be carrying it. He went on to state that the reasons why were the same reasons that EA and Dice gave when expressing why Battlefield 3 would not be appearing on Steam.
The reason he stated was because Valve recently changed the Terms of Service which now restricts how developers provide additional content and patching to players. He continues to state that they’d be “happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.” While I respect EA and BioWare’s decision, I’m curious to know more. Skyrim was released with heavy Steam integration and patched fine. So was Fallout: New Vegas, where the additional downloadable content packs were a breeze to install and play. Was that the result of a special deal between Valve and Bethesda? Or it might be far simpler, that Valve doesn’t want to allow EA to have users have to cross platform their games between Steam and Origin, as Priestly stated that Origin is required to play no matter how you purchase the game on the PC. Realistically, we can’t know, but it does make me curious as to what is actually going on.