According to an anonymous report received over at BF3Blog, a fan site for DICE's upcoming military shooter, EA and Valve are nearing a final agreement on DLC sales for Battlefield 3 - which would allow the highly anticipated title to be sold on the Steam platform in time for its 10/25 release. Now, take an anonymous tip on a fansite for what it's worth, but this could be big news for those of you who enjoy both the ubiquitous digital storefront and Bioware's most recent games.
The EA/Valve tiff has been an ongoing thread in the gaming industry saga - and caused Bioware's most recent adventure, Dragon Age 2, to be pulled from the Steam marketplace on the same day as the release of the Legacy downloadable campaign. Since our last writing on this topic, seemingly little progress had been made in talks between these two massive publishers.
However, today's developments prove promising. James Hyde writes:
According to the report, EA and Valve are very close to reaching an agreement regarding sales of DLC content, which is the main reason Battlefield 3 is not on Steam....
In other words, EA and Valve may be pretty close to reaching a deal that will allow EA titles to be sold on the leading digital storefront. With Dragon Age 2 pulled from the shelves, and no mention of Mass Effect 3 on Valve's site, this could be great news. Steam remains the most prolific retailer on the digital distribution front, and seeing Bioware's titles on the platform would lead only to more sales.
Of course, I'm basing this all on conjecture. Assuming that BF3Blog's information is good, the news is specific to Battlefield 3 - for all we know, this is a one-shot deal and any other release from EA and its subsidiaries (including Bioware) would also have to be negotiated. However, a deal between EA and Valve would really be best for both sides.