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Dragon Age II DLC Released, Game Pulled from Steam

A thread on the Steam Users' Forums discusses the disappearance of Dragon Age II from Steam. There is widespread speculation that this is due to the new Legacy DLC for BioWare's role-playing sequel being sold from within the game, a situation similar to the one that has lead to the removal of Battlefield 3 preorders from Steam for the same reason, as this is apparently a violation of Steam policy. Meanwhile, with the new DLC now available for 800 BioWare spacebux, here's a description of what it adds to the game:

Targeted by a vicious criminal cartel that are hunting "the blood of the Hawke," you must put an end to their relentless attacks. Leave Kirkwall, and journey to an ancient Grey Warden prison in order to find the source of the aggression and uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage. Playable from any point in the Dragon Age II campaign, face new breeds of darkspawn, forge a powerful new weapon and come face to face with an ancient horror.

    • Uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage
    • Adventure through several new locations including a prison constructed by the Grey Wardens
    • Obtain a powerful class-specific weapon to which you can apply upgrades of your choice

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59. Re: Dragon Age II DLC Released, Game Pulled from Steam Jul 27, 2011, 23:35 Flatline
Verno wrote on Jul 27, 2011, 13:15:
It's a situation a bit like the App Store with Apple, though I cringe to compare either party to Apple. Apple wants a cut from stuff on the store which is reasonable but some companies want to cut out the middleman so they tried giving away or making the apps themselves cheap while directing customers to make actual purchases from them directly. Apple said no way. Who's right, who's wrong? I don't really care for Apple but I think they have a reasonable point.

Actually from what I've heard Apple's argument was "If you're going to sell DLC inside the application it *must* be through our store so we get 30%". Which is why the Kindle & Nook readers just tell you to go to your web browser and type in a URL. If you hit a button to redirect there, Apple wants 30%. If you type the URL in, then you're okay.
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