Last June, EA removed Crysis 2 from Steam blaming "business terms" for developers using the service. Many folks at the time speculated the removal was part of a new strategy to help launch EA's own digital distribution service Origin. At time of writing EA big hitters Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 are still unavailable on the service. But now it looks as though the game that started it all — Crysis 2 — is once again available on Steam.
The game is now available as Crysis 2: Maximum Edition, featuring the following unlocks:
Bonus XP - Access to preset classes plus a custom class Scar weapon Skin - Scar assault rifle digital camouflage Weapon Attachment - Day 1 access to scar hologram decoy Unique Platinum Dog Tag - Display your multiplayer rank and stats
Existing Crysis 2 owners, who bought the game on Steam before its removal can upgrade to the Maximum Edition for a 50% discount.
It's an interesting move — and one that has some consumers wondering if other EA titles like Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 will be made available on Steam in the near future. As a publisher, surely EA's priority is to make its games available to the largest possible audience?
We've contacted EA for comment, and will update if we hear back.
UPDATE: EA sent us the following statement, in response to Crysis 2's return to Steam:
Changes made by Crytek to Crysis 2: Maximum Edition have brought the game in compliance with Steam’s terms of service.