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.

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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?
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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