Electronic Arts and Valve are burying the hatchet that’s been… well, above ground over the last few years. This commercial truce of sorts, which the two companies already hinted at in recent weeks, begins today, with more than 25 EA-owned video games either returning to Steam or debuting on Valve’s digital storefront for PC titles.
A lot of this initial wave of releases and re-releases comes down to BioWare’s modern RPGs, ranging from Star Wars: The Old Republic to Dragon Age, Dragon Age II, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Not all of them older classics, mind you, as evidenced by the inclusion of fresh sequels such as Need for Speed: Heat.
Some of the included games are also part of that category of decent releases that got forgotten over time due to how convoluted they are to actually buy and experience once again.
Well, that changes today, as well, for games like Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Need for Speed: Rivals, as well as Fe, Unravel I and II, and Sea of Solitude. It’s presently unclear whether the move signals the end to the EA Play subscription service as we know it, or simply the beginnning of a new distribution strategy for EA that will reshape its limited Netflix-like service into something different and hopefully greater.
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