Sega games headed to EA's Origin store

Electronic Arts' virtual storefront adds new partners Sega, Rebellion, Team 17 Software, Kalypso, and others, bringing total count to 35.

The list of publishing partners for Electronic Arts' Origin digital storefront is growing. EA announced today that it welcomed a new wave of partners, led by Sega.

Sega has signed up to sell its games on Origin.

Sega's upcoming Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai is available to preorder through Origin today, but no future titles have been announced for the download service.

In addition, Rebellion, Team 17 Software, Kalypso Media Digital, and unspecified others have signed up to sell their titles through Origin. EA did not name these parties, and as of press time, the publisher had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Today's round of additions brings the total number of Origin partners to 35. Downloadable games from the new partners will be available in the coming months, EA said.

In January, Origin added 11 new partners, including Trion Worlds, CD Projekt Red, Inxile Entertainment, and Paradox Interactive. This is on top of previously added marquee publishers Capcom, THQ, and Warner Bros.

Launched during summer 2011, Origin currently boasts 11 million worldwide registered users, a marked increase from the 6 million users EA reported in January.

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Discussion

68 comments
spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@Zinderin You can run steam in offline mode...

Zinderin
Zinderin

My problem with STEAM and ORIGIN ... your internet goes down ... you can't play your games ... that's right you can't even play your stand alone games. Want to take your games with you on your lap-top on the plane. Sooo sorry. Wanna take your laptop with you on vacation and get some Shogun 2 in??? Nope that's not happening either. My cable went down for 8 days .... no television, no gaming, for 8 flipping days!!!

iblowuup
iblowuup

Came for the EA/Origin bashing, left satisfied.

dg3215
dg3215

nyran125 Posted Apr 10, 2012 7:52 pm GMT not touching Origin. Its either on STEAM or i wont buy it. EA Origin is way overpriced for a digital distributer. Remember downloading costs money too. The Xmas deals on Origin are a joke. Mass Effect 2 is $89US on Orign and $19 on STEAM...why the hell would i buy it from Origin? This is just a big fat lie, I just looked on the origin store, ME2 is 19 and that is all I have to say, other than liar liar pants on fire.

loopy_101
loopy_101

Shame Sega hasn't joined GOG yet, it would be nice to have reworked versions of classic Sega PC titles like Panzer Dragoon, Virtua Fighter 2 and Sega Rally on there. It's probably the easiest way for most of us to play stuff like Bug! outside of owning a Saturn after all.

nyran125
nyran125

not touching Origin. Its either on STEAM or i wont buy it. EA Origin is way overpriced for a digital distributer. Remember downloading costs money too. The Xmas deals on Origin are a joke. Mass Effect 2 is $89US on Orign and $19 on STEAM...why the hell would i buy it from Origin?

FastAce
FastAce

What's this about? Most of the games for PC use Steam as a service even if we buy it from the store. Origin is just another service like Steam. It would be great if there were more services like steam and origin, that would create more competition between the services, and games would be cheaper! I'm sure that we will find Sega games both on steam and origin, the only question is how do we choose on which service will our game run.

SaeeD22000
SaeeD22000

I think while EA titles are still coming for Steam ... Origin have no chance to succeed

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

Sega & Warner should have went with Steam.Shocking indeed but oh well.None of that is going to get me to play on Origins.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@jediknight52501 or what? imbecile

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@jediknight52501 "you seem content that everyone who like meat should die early" quote me where I said that, you liar. I was obviously only addressing you. wow, you are 35? you argue like a teenager. what a retard

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

I like humans too, but I would eat one if I had to. :D

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@jediknight52501 ""please get an early heart attack." proves that you are a troll. i rest my case." It proves that I wish for you to get an early heart attack from eating too many animals. Connect the dots. I could care less about your private life btw, you are irrelevant to me.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I see this as the reason why Xbox and I am sure to some extent Sony are going DD next gen. Either they do or Publishers will. To stop Pirates, Used games or game rentals, and take in more of the money for themselves.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@jediknight52501 Im not getting into that argument again. It is irrelevant on this board. Go find something else to do. btw, you DO realize that meat is made from animals, right? so I hate meat but love animals? great logic. please get an early heart attack.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@jediknight52501 "you need to convince everyone in the world to stop buying games, and that will never happen, just like your hate for meat." WHAT will never happen, again? rephrase your sentence. And....amazing, you are still on that? you are a troll after, aren't you? Who said I hated meat? quote me. Being a vegetarian and hating meat are two different things.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

Origin has the fastest download speeds of any digital retailer. I use steam and Origin, but if you want something fast, Origin wins hands down.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@ExtremePhobia That's another thing about EA that annoys me more then origin it's there trying to sell OC games at console game prices when every other brand new pc game is cheaper

strayfies
strayfies

EA is gonna see some tough times ahead, with the news lately. They're lucky that Star Wars license paid off. But with ME3's flopped ending and various other big devs making changes to appeal to the consumers, they aren't gonna be able to carry on with their usual antics.

scout7
scout7

Competition is always good. Can't wait to read more dumb comments when Microsoft launches their Xbox client in Windows 8.

CY4N1D3_625
CY4N1D3_625

Adding more developers to this won't help EA one bit. They're on a very brittle platform and they have a chance to fix that, but it's slim. Steam made a ton of mistakes in the beginning, the only difference is that they came around to taking responsibility and fixing them. Now the foundation is strong and they have the PC base to prove it. Remember EA, you will reap what you sow. Steam is godlike.

itchyflop
itchyflop

man EA really arnt doing themselves any favors lately.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@SirNormanislost I completely agree. I haven't actually paid for anything on there. All of my EA games I've gotten from other retailers because it was cheaper and less convoluted. And as far as I know, they're the only ones charging $60 for a PC download at the moment.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@manciuxl No you just don't use steam works but given the option who's going to buy a non EA game origin when they can get it steam where it's more then likely cheaper I really hate origin if it wasn't for my love of BF3 i wouldnt even have the dam thing on my computer....

jollybest1
jollybest1

Origin is like Steam (except worse and buggy) ...If they release games on Origin that doesn't mean EA is publishing the game....Probably they will use Steam too...Saw games that were on Steam and Origin....To much fuss about nothing, if you don't like Origin buy it from Steam......Though there is an issue, the ones that prefer to buy games on retail , and having the game on a DVD....Most of the games for PC use Steam as a service even if we buy it from the store....The question is will it use Steam or Origin???

BuBsay
BuBsay

Wait wait wait wait wait... CD Projekt is now going to be working with Origin? After specifically making Witcher 2 have a DRM free option? And CD Projekt (one of the few designer companies that still pushes boundaries) is signing up with EA (the masters of blandness and pandering to the masses, right alongside Activision). Damnit all to hell.

manciuxl
manciuxl

wait a sec Sega games such as Total war series use steamworks witch means you must run steam in order to play them so if you buy them from origin you must run origin and steam to play it? oh boy i dont like where this is going

kriggy
kriggy

No Sega, don't turn to the dark side, their cookies are filled with greed!

kriggy
kriggy

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Everiez
Everiez

@sknight175216: Hm, valid point. I don't want to go through something like Origin and GFWL just to play a retail copy of game legitimately. Nor do I want my PC infested by many DRM. Steam is still in tolerable level but that's one too many DRM. Hopefully activating through Origin isn't part of the contract agreement for future retail copy of Sega's games.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

People freaking out need to get a grip. *Competition is good for consumers!*

sknight175216
sknight175216

@Everiez I agree, but at the same time look at games that ARE only on Origin. It shouldn't be that way. I don't even like the fact that I bought Skyrim at Walmart and had to activate it on Steam (not that I have anything against Steam). It's just that fact that you have to succumb to these publishers and their ridiculous forms of drm. If I wanted to buy a BIOWARE game I shouldn't have to install EA's ORIGIN to play it. If I buy a Bethesda game I shouldn't have to install Valve's Steam to play it. These things should be options and not compulsory. As far as EA goes they're greedy and God knows they'll try to get as many developer's to only sell games on Origin.

Everiez
Everiez

I'm not Origin user but this doesn't really matter as long as Sega's games are available on Steam. Many famous good publishers have their games on both Steam and Origin. Not sure why are you guys get so agitated.

sknight175216
sknight175216

CD Projekt Red?! NOOOOOOOOOO! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD: DEVELOPERS DO NOT EVER EVER EVER TEAM UP WITH EA. Seriously though ha ha this is terrible. As long as these companies don't try to get published by EA. I can't see companies die in my heart like Bioware is doing. :P

Sup3rn0v4
Sup3rn0v4

"Today's round of additions brings the total number of Origin partners to 35." Still a long way to go, bro :p

flashn00b
flashn00b

Would this really affect Valve in any way? I think Paradox Interactive, Team 17, and Sega are still relying on Steamworks as copy protection, and I'm pretty sure that Valve gets 30% of the sales from games using their DRM.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

While I don't particularly like EA or Origin, it's good to see some competition for Steam; don't want one company to have a complete monopoly on PC game downloads. Also good to have something to divide PC gamers, the same as how different systems divide console gamers. Might influence PC gamers to be less arrogant and elitist.

washington
washington

Why does everybody hate EA so much?Lately every time a video game publishing company gets ahead in the business enough to stand out (activision, EA) gamers all over the internet throw out these stupid opinions about why they hate that company and how everyone involved with said company is either evil or doomed. The fact is EA and every other company involved with the games you play are out to make money, whether its the publishers or developers. And publishers and developers cant make the games you want to play without making said money. So shouldn't this news be good for everyone involved? EA and Sega both stand to make money, and consumers who use the origins system(I personally don't) get more choices when they decide to make their next origins purchase.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Steam, I will always support you to the last. EA must die

Shenmue_Jehuty
Shenmue_Jehuty

Wow, if this just put me in a **** mood; one of my all time favorite developers teaming up with possibly the most, corrupt, greedy, lazy, and uninventive game companies of the past decade...RIP Sega :(

X-RS
X-RS

WHY!!!!!?

zaiwen
zaiwen

the last thing i want is playing an nba live game with a feature team roster of sega all stars

servb0ts
servb0ts

Something about this just doesn't sit well with me. ughh i'm feeling sick :(

BuBsay
BuBsay

If Origin not only had sales like Steam did, but actually worked I wouldn't mind using it (despite my disdain for EA). I mean, I've had Steam for 5 years now, only had to contact customer support due to problems 2 or 3 times. I've had Origin only since Battlefield 3 came out, had to contact customer support due to problems about 10-15 times so far.

SrpskiVojnik
SrpskiVojnik

EA backstabbed Sega during Dreamcast years, so it's pretty fair to say EA doesn't deserve to have Sega titles on Origin -- just like EA refused to publish their titles on the Dreamcast. F*$k EA.