EA to add third-party games to Origin

Warner Bros., THQ, and Capcom ink deal to bring first outside offerings to Madden publisher's digital storefront next month; Origin user base tops 6 million.

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The Origin digital storefront and games platform launched in the summer with a range of EA-published titles, including Spore, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Burnout Paradise. After four months of availability, the service's library of titles is set to expand beyond first-party offerings, EA announced today.

Arkham City launches on the PC (and Origin) in November.
Arkham City launches on the PC (and Origin) in November.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ, and Capcom will be the first wave of third-party publishers to bring their titles to the Origin store. Starting in November, Batman: Arkham City, Saint's Row: The Third, and others will make their Origin debuts. More titles from the aforementioned publishers are promised for the following months.

Along with the confirmation of third-party partners comes word from EA that Origin has crossed the 6 million registered-user mark. The publisher also highlighted recent additions to the service, including live streaming demos, free-to-play game, and beta cloud storage for game saves and gameplay achievements.

Origin saw the launch of its biggest release yet in Battlefield 3 earlier this week. For more on the shooter (the PC version of which requires EA's service to be installed), check out GameSpot's review of Battlefield 3 on the PC.

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