Spore, Warhammer, other EA games Steam-ed

Valve's downloadable game service welcomes a full slate of publisher's PC titles; Mass Effect, Need for Speed among new additions.

After joining forces with Valve Software in 2005, Electronic Arts has finally embraced its download service, Steam. The publisher today released a major slate of titles on the game network, filling in a number of the online catalog's more noticeable gaps.

Is this Spore creature angry? Suspicious? Confused?

Headlining today's group of new arrivals on Steam are Will Wright's Spore and the expansion, Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack. In addition to the cosmic life sim, EA is now offering Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Mass Effect, Need for Speed Undercover, and FIFA Manager 2009 over Steam. The publisher is also looking to expand upon that offering by releasing Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, and Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 on Steam next month.

While this marks EA's first big commitment to the Steam platform, a handful of the publisher's games have found their way onto the service in the past. Previously, the downloadable counterparts to EA Partners titles like Crysis, Crysis: Warhead, Half-Life: The Orange Box, and Valve's own Left 4 Dead have appeared on Steam.

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fairlypriced
fairlypriced

I wonder if steam version of Spore will be a way of avoiding a permanent securom protection system being installed. I have spore on DVD but won't install it because of the stupid copy protection

TheC0m1ssar
TheC0m1ssar

@Zeigon: If I recall correctly, I think it was called EALink. It's good that Steam has gotten more support, especially from a big company like EA. Hopefully it'll grow so that every game will have a digital download counterpart in the near future as well as retail (or just go full digital).

cactuarenigma
cactuarenigma

Mass Effect on Steam is partially broken right now, the lava texture on one of the planets is missing so navigation is a matter of moving the camera around a bunch of pitch black polygons trying to figure out what part is the high ground. Apparently BioWare didn't realize that Steam users can't use the Bring Down the Sky expansion installer for the retail version, because that fixes the missing texture problem. This was 10 days ago and they still don't have a patch through Steam yet.

Vengentz
Vengentz

I refresh my PC every now and then like most of us. Now that it's on steam I finally decided to pick up a copy of the game. If steam is the way I have to go to avoid annoying DRM. So be it.

Megawizard
Megawizard

Inconnux: I think they fibbed on Mass Effect~ "INTERNET CONNECTION AND END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.EA.COM." ^At the bottom of the store listing. The fact that they specifically mention that you need to accept the EULA just sounds fishy.

Inconnux
Inconnux

Ive read from a bioware developer (Mass effect) and on the official Spore forums (from a company rep) that neither of these games will include Securom when dl'ed from Steam. its amazing... EA grew a brain

jason19
jason19

yes frist day was the cell games best part leter bit you bay new update taht brb went build spore i here was full games but it just some part i thnks are build spore 2 in tack for ever like spore one did so well del be for in out maye do you thnks the talk waht happin to there

DrKill09
DrKill09

If the Steam version of Spore is without Starforce or SecuROM, maybe I can finally buy it. :D

Zeigon
Zeigon

At least EA realized that their EADownloader (or whatever its name was) was completely useless. Now we'll have the games with that magic currency converter of 1$ = 1euro and probably with DRM, what else can we ask for?

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

So no rootkit DRM with the Steam versions?

eric_neo3
eric_neo3

Now the problem is to find out if they're still versions that still install DRM malware onto your PC.

Brokendemise
Brokendemise

Thank Jebus! No more EA online bullsh**, c'mon we all know it was terrible, can't disagree

geo888
geo888

drm problem solved

Zorlac
Zorlac

As of now the first batch of games released on steam (spore included) are third party DRM free. Yes unlimited installs on steam.

Erebus
Erebus

For those of you on the fence with Warhammer Online, I have two free trials left to give away. The first two people to message me with your first name and your e-mail address will receive them.

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

I love Steam for the fact that any game you register with it can be re-downloaded again at any time without you having to find the old CD Key again. Steam is a great service imo

chevydriver1123
chevydriver1123

Good move on EA's part, Steam is one of the better secure game download services out there. Others like Direct-to-Drive and the service Gamestop uses are nothing but jokes.

shotgun_org
shotgun_org

Awesome.. Now I don't need to leave my house just to buy RA3 :))

mrklorox
mrklorox

@zarum_666: They kinda do. You can burn the *.GCF files to load into a fresh install of steam (minimal patching required). However if you meant sans internet connection, I don't see that in steam's future, ever. Valve has built an empire around the Steam as DRM interface; requiring repetitive online logins within certain time frames. So far it has proven to be much more successful than the methods used in retail copies of games (such as Spore). I highly doubt that will change any time soon. EDIT: Unless that was sarcasm, in which case I will supply my own *facepalm*. The survey also accepts footmouth. :-!

zarum_666
zarum_666

Should just make it so steam can burn physical copies. =P

Inconnux
Inconnux

I believe Steam has to explicitly state what DRM is on each EA game. I want an official statement from Valve before I trust any game by EA that it doesn't (or does) include SecuRom with its limits to installs. I know that moderators on the steam forums say that the EA games don't include SecuRom but I want it BOLDLY stated on each games page. Until then I can't be sure and won't purchase.

valcrist09
valcrist09

good, everyone should use steam, its a good system to use, and it cuts down on Piracy and no DRM!!

majere613
majere613

I used steam when I played Half Life II, and since I had the boxed game it seemed like a lot of unnecessary mucking about. But as a method to deliver games to people, albeit people with either a lot of patience or a good broadband connection, I have no problem with it whatsoever. If I could choose between Steam and DRM, it'd be Steam every time, too.

NA3D
NA3D

"Happy Holidays from EA, here is our next half baked idea! Hopefully this will get you all to shut up and like us again." For those that hate EA. You don't have to do anything to bring them down, their own greed and idiocy will do that for you.

StevenHawking
StevenHawking

w00t. I'm glad I can at least download WAR now.....

Frosal
Frosal

Not buying anything from Steam. 1$ DOES NOT EQUAL 1€. Thanks for the Christmas present Valve!

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

This is good news. To all the haters of Steam: it isn't a BAD service. I admit, downloading isn't the greatest, but you know what you're up against going into it and if you don't like it, go out and buy the retail box.

Chernnunos
Chernnunos

EA's entire game lineup has been ruined for me because of Spore. What a major, major freaking money-hog, overhyped ripoff

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

By the way, Steam does not replace drm. GTA 4 on steam installs securom just like the retail. DRM sucks. Just letting the curious know.

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

Good news for steam users, though I still prefer gettting the retail box.

warmaster670
warmaster670

"STEAM is a big pile of steaming crap, this only benefits Valve and the company can keep an eye on you. If no internet connection is present, well you're out of luck AND STEAM LOCKS YOU OUT OF YOUR $50 GAMES." its amazing how stupid and ignorant some people are, YOU CAN USE STEAM IN OFFLINE MODE.

kujospam2000
kujospam2000

slqmaster, That is not true. There are a lot of games that you can still play on steam when not connected to the internet. It's called offline mode. Kind of like email offline mode. You should try using steam first before bashing it.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Hooray for a DRM free Spore! I guess I should keep my word and buy the game now... regardless of how not-so-fun it ended up being. And I don't see EA Link/EADM going anywhere for a while. If it does, they had best transfer all licenses to Steam. I don't wanna be locked out of my Battlefields! Also... why doesn't EA still sell BF1942/Vietnam? They could easily get away with selling it for $5.

denter21
denter21

I agree that steam is awesome.. but at the same time I'm one of those weird people that really really likes having the physical object. I enjoy having the box and the cd/dvd for the game, it makes me feel like I've purchased something lasting. I realize that with Steam you have unlimited installs, but nothing is for certain in business, there may come a day when Steam no longer functions, and I don't think they've released a statement yet as to what would happen to all your games in that case.

Philosoph
Philosoph

i have no problem with steam, in fact I love the idea as long as it removes any viability of securom and other invasions of privacy. unfortunately, here in the backwaters we suffer from something called a limited cap, i.e. pay per byte, sorta. so most of the rest of the world will probably miss out if any games come out exclusively on steam

makemeweak
makemeweak

Best thing is that Steam has it's own built in DRM, so there is no need for EA to use SecuROM.

slqmaster
slqmaster

im reading some of the comments, wow some people need to learn how read before placing their comment. *Valve made the all the games in the orange box, EA ported these games to console. Now EA is using STEAM service to sell its product on PC since EA has gotten huge. honestly, STEAM is a big pile of steaming crap, this only benefits Valve and the company can keep an eye on you. If no internet connection is present, well you're out of luck AND STEAM LOCKS YOU OUT OF YOUR $50 GAMES.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

i remember when i hated steam when it first came out, now i also make sure it is on my PC they did a good job with it over the years

Airek49
Airek49

Steam has come a long, long way.

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

Steam is the way of the future I think for games in general, not just downloadable game. I mean, I don't think that there will be much retail sell of video games in the future. I think that Steam and other download portals will take over the gaming industry.

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

sounds cool, what about EA link???

teh_blackblade
teh_blackblade

Does this mean that SecuROM will be absent from it?

FomarThain
FomarThain

"thekodaman Posted Dec 20, 2008 6:02 am PT Steam is probably one of the best things ever to come to PC gaming, It's method of controlling downloads i.e. letting you download all of your steam games onto any computer but locking them out unless your account is signed in, is probably the best ever invented." I don't mean to single you out thekodaman. I only do because it is the latest comment I have seen. :) Anyway I think the above comment is so interesting. Anyone else remember when Steam was first discussed and released? Man, people were crying foul all over the place. I mean it was crazy. There were talks such as Valve was trying to corner the market for this kind of thing of thing and were going to be hiding all kinds of "secret software" on everyone’s computer. I just find it interesting that we have come so far so fast to where this is common place and Steam turned out to be the big and trusted daddy where this kind of thing is concerned. Is pretty amazing actually. =0