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No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin

A post on the BioWare Social Network by BioWare's Chris Priestly has word that EA's Origin service will indeed be a required to play Mass Effect 3, as well as word that the RPG sequel will not be sold via Steam (thanks Voodoo Extreme). Here's word:

3) Is Origin required for the retail versions of the game?
Origin is required for the PC versions of Mass Effect 3, both physical and digital.

4) Will ME3 be available on Steam?
During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time. Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.

5) Is there an opt in or opt out clause for data collection?
Users will be allowed to opt-out of Mass Effect 3 data collection from inside the game.

6) Iíve seen reports that Origin is spyware. Is this true?
Origin is not spyware, and does not use or install spyware on userís machines. In order to allow Origin to install games and their patches for everyone to use, Origin implements a permission change that results in Windows, not Origin, reviewing the filenames in the ProgramData/Origin folder. This is an ordinary Windows function, not an information-gathering process.

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15. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:32 Kajetan
 
Overon wrote on Jan 15, 2012, 13:29:
Well this is going to give people who pirate another reason to rationalize their piracy.
No, this benefits only people who want to justify their actions. The "standard" downloader just downloads because he or she wants to.
 
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14. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:30 Wash Washburne
 
Ah well, not going to miss out at all. Orgin is a pile of garbage and if wasn't for BF3 I would never have it on my computer and even than I curse the day I've installed that useless software.
Why couldn't they just get along with Valve and marry Steam...?
My guess is EA got greedy and figured they can make more money with Origin.
 
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13. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:29 Overon
 
Well this is going to give people who pirate another reason to rationalize their piracy.  
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12. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:29 Mashiki Amiketo
 
I guess the bioware/ea machine hasn't quite figured out listening to customers is a good idea yet.  
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11. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:26 DangerDog
 
BF3 was pirated, ME3 will be too.

For awhile some people were even able to run BF3 mulitplayer without origin using a hacked version, updates to the game have since plugged that hole.

Origin isn't any worse than Steam, I object to the way EA handles DLC for games like ME3 more than anything. Preorder exclusives, product tie-ins with games/products I have no interest in, ignoring the PC platform and releasing stuff only for consoles etc.
 
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10. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:24 Fion
 
Looks like I'm skipping ME3 then. Sad really I enjoyed the first two. But to play it I'm required to install spyware filled Origin? Like hell. When will these greedy fucks realize you cant clamp down and control the PC format like you can consoles?  
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9. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:21 silentsammy
 
I don't trust EA enough to put their Origin on my machine. Ah well...no ME3  
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8. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:21 Todd of War
 
Gonna play it once and uninstall.  
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7. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:18 wonkawonka
 
And then they'll bitch that piracy is killing ME3.  
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6. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:18 Theo
 
console game anyhow, will get it on xbox.

 
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Everyone on Bluesnews is synical, get over it.
edit: i cant spell, this is my disclaimer.
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5. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:17 Gas Bandit
 
Yep... just like BF3, no sale here.  
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4. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:17 JohnBirshire
 
Well looks like I won't be playing ME3. I was pissed I even had to get Steam, think it's BS I have to run a bunch of 3rd party programs to play games nowadays. Guess I'm sticking to MMO's.  
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3. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:14 JaZeeL
 
Didn't cave to get BF3; definately won't cave for planet scanning simulator v2.0  
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2. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:13 nin
 
Not surprising at all.  
http://store.nin.com/index.php?cPath=10
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1. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 15, 2012, 13:11 Moog
 
No sale, here, then.  
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