Arkham City And Saints Row The Third Introduce Third-Party Games To EA’s Origin

Arkham City And Saints Row The Third Introduce Third-Party Games To EA’s Origin
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The promised inclusion of third-party content on EA’s Origin digital download service kicks off in a big way next month, with Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row the Third leading the charge.

Capcom, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, and THQ are the first three third-party publishers to cast their lot with EA’s PC game download service, a wise move considering the install base for the service was approaching four million prior to the release of Battlefield 3. While Capcom has yet to reveal which games would be available on the service, THQ and Warner Bros should be able to carry third-party releases in November with Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row the Third alone.

“Since launch, we’ve had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognising Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe,” said David DeMartini, senior vice president of Origin at EA. “We’re excited to welcome Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom as the first publishers to offer their games via Origin.”

All three publishers will be releasing more titles on the service in the coming months.

I’m guessing these initial three are just the first of many third-party publishers hopping on the Origin bandwagon. Perhaps one day we’ll be preordering the latest Call of Duty title from the EA-powered service.

Or not.


  • I’m choosing to see this as a massive positive.

    Putting aside the standard flame wars over EA, if we have more publishers pushing products to both Origin and Steam, they’re going to reach a bigger market.

    If both services have a fairly robust catalogue, there will be a lot of competition going on in terms of sales or bundles to attract buyers from one service or the other.

    If there are two big delivery platforms, BOTH are going to feel the pressure to innovate and improve their product in order to one-up the other guy.

    If there are third party developers on Origin, THEY’LL be pressuring Origin to improve their product as well, or they’ll pull up stumps and jump to Steam only.

    So any way you look at this, even if you <3 Steam and GRAGHHATE Origin, we win – probably better prices, better sales, better bundles, better platforms. I'd say even if you especially hate EA and Origin, you should be happy about this news – it'll probably lead to improvements in Steam.

    • Incorrect – This will bring forth the Pre-Order/DLC wars that will have both systems trying to get the best DLC/Pre-Order content to entice people to purchase with them – then you have the retail stores wanting theirs too.

      So more games will be whittled down with more time invested in varied content for day one releases then for quality games.

      Then comes things like embargoed DLC – that is released on one system first like Xbox does with Bethesda – this isn’t the beginning of good times it is the beginning of major burnt out in customers.

      Good time to be an Indie developer though.

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