Battlefield 3 to skip Steam release — rumor

There’s chatter going around about Battlefield 3‘s possible exclusion from Steam come October. That according to a since-removed list of digital retailers posted on battlefield.com, the series’ official website.

EA’s own Origin service was on the list, Joystiq caught wind, as were GamersGate and Direct2Drive. But not Steam.

The service’s operator Valve and EA have had disagreements over which of the publisher’s games would be available on the service recently. Crysis 2 remains absent, for example.

While not naming names, EA has described the situation this way: “When a download service forbids publishers from contacting players with patches, new levels, items and other services – it disrupts our ability to provide the ongoing support players expect from us. At present, this is the case with only one download service. While EA offers its entire portfolio to this site, they have elected to not post many of our games. We hope to find a mutually agreeable solution to this issue soon.”

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