Crysis 2 Is Now Back On Steam [Update]

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.

Thanks Saxon!

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.


Comments

    Very interesting...

    If they do release BF3 on Steam, I would seriously consider buying it again. As for Mass Effect 3, well I still need to finish 1 and 2 before buying it anyway.

      You'd still need to install Origin, its how you browse for servers and do matchmaking, so sily to have to install Origin, to install BF3, to have to use a website, with an origin plugin to play bf3 =/

        Actually, the Origin part is tacked on. The core of match-making is actually a web-page running out of your default browser. Origin just seems to serve as the platform for updates and tossing some authentication data through to the site, which Steam can totally do.

    obviously its about profit and they probably think they're not making as much as they could if it were both on origin and steam.

      Methinks its because the DLC (two map packs) that EA sold seperate from the original and not through steam are now included in this package so Valve get thier cut ;)

        Also Mark the unlockables you mention are part of the base package when you got the game day 1, the 'limited edition'.

        The sell of this 'maximum' edition is the inclusion of two map packs previously sold as DLC. From the page:

        Includes Retaliation and Decimation packs:

        Total of 9 additional Multiplayer maps supporting all game modes
        2 new weapons - FY71 Assault Rifle and M18 Smoke Grenade

        Also Mark the unlockables were part of the base game if you preordered and got the 'limited edition'. The sell of this pack is two DLC map packs.

        From the page:

        Includes Retaliation and Decimation packs:

        Total of 9 additional Multiplayer maps supporting all game modes
        2 new weapons - FY71 Assault Rifle and M18 Smoke Grenade

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    "Existing Crysis 2 owners, who bought the game on Steam before its removal can upgrade to the Maximum Edition for a 50% discount."

    What what what????

    Pay 20 dollars for some freakin' unlockables? Are you shitting me? If someone purchased it prior to its removal this shit should be FREE to them. Seriously.

      You're thinking about CDPR, that's their policy.

      EA's is "Money money money"

    Let's not forget people that if ME3 and BF3 do come to Steam, they'll still need Origin to play. The games are built to use it. Think of games like Bulletstorm and the Batman titles: Steam + GFWL.

      The Arkham City one disappointed me the most. You can play it if something's going screwy with GFWL and you can't log in etc, but you can't save your game.

      I wonder if it will work like that, or if Steam will get the "clean" game without Origin-lite embedded in it. It's quite possible to release it on Steam provided they either convert the DLC to the Steam format or bundle it all with the game in a deluxe edition, as was done with Crysis 2. The ties to Origin aren't mandatory as is evidenced by Crysis 2 not having an Origin requirement, and also as transientmind said earlier,
      "Actually, the Origin part is tacked on. The core of match-making is actually a web-page running out of your default browser. Origin just seems to serve as the platform for updates and tossing some authentication data through to the site, which Steam can totally do."
      If ME3 and BF3 were to take the Bulletstorm/Batman form of running in between Steam and the game I wouldn't mind that too much, but hopefully the precedent set by Crysis 2 will mean that it will be a clean release. Ultimately, I just really don't want to have games on two different core DRM platforms. I already have a large Steam library and so far I've held off on getting into Origin, and I plan to stay that way. I can deal with a GFWL-type system if I have to, but I'd obviously rather not.

    If EA releases "X complete" (aka the game with all DLC included and no future DLC being released) then Valve will gladly put the game on Steam (as evidenced by Crysis 2).

      Reasoning for this? Bad Company 2 was a game that was released on Steam and had DLC?

        Yes but bad company Vietnam is more of a seperate game as it add new weapons vehicles skins and maps instead of it being maps only. Think of it like more an expansion pack.

          The SPEC kits were classic DLC, though. Guns 'n' skins.

            Come to think of it, though, I'm pretty sure you could buy them through Steam, so Valve were getting their cut.

              I bought all the BC2 DLC through steam, game plus vietname and a spec kit.

    Hmm, was about to get Battlefield 3 but thinking I'll wait a bit now and see how this goes.

    hahaha
    Let me guess Origin isnt being as successful as you first hoped?
    Still no going to buy your game now that its back on Steam. Just don't EA enough to bring myself to purchase another game for the pile of shame.

    So i'm guessing that EA has come to the realisation that Origin might not be as much of a Steam killer as they had hoped for.

    Either way, i bought my copy of Crysis 2 that doesnt need Origin or Steam so i am happy, maybe once Crysis 2 comes down to like $5 on sale then i might think about buying it again.

    Origin just wasn't generating the sales that Steam was, clearly.

    Another Origin Fail brought to you by EA. Failed big time with BF3 and have not bought another origin game since. Really like ME2 and would have bought ME3 EXCEPT it was origin only. Now is old news so wont get it even if it does come out on steam.

    and now I wait for Green Man Gaming..

    "Changes made by Crytek to Crysis 2: Maximum Edition have brought the game in compliance with Steam’s terms of service."

    Read: We have finished supporting this game with DLC and milked it to oblivion on consoles, so now we want to put out a whole package out on PC to milk it some more and get PC gamers cashola for extra profits.

    Lets hope ME3 does come to Steam, then goes on a 50-75% sale. I might actually be inclined to play it.

      I feel inclined to buy EVERYTHING that goes 50-75% off.

        Me too. Buy, but not play. I can't think of a better customer.

    "Changes made by Crytek to Crysis 2: Maximum Edition have brought the game in compliance with Steam’s terms of service."

    And they don't even bother to tell us which ones in the terms of service it conflicted with? Really?

    The people who bought the vanilla version on origin are boned because I was told by EA support .. That we have to buy the whole game again just to get the DLC ..

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