Origin required to play Battlefield 3

No surprises.

EA's Steam rival Origin is required to play upcoming shooter Battlefield 3, developer DICE has confirmed.

The PC retail version will force you to create and use an Origin account when you play, DICE's Daniel Martos revealed on Twitter (spotted by bf3blog).

It is unclear at this time whether digital versions bought from other online shops will also require Origin to play, but it sounds like a good bet.

The decision comes as little surprise. EA has moved many of its games away from Steam in recent months, and confirmed last week that Battlefield 3 would not be sold through Valve's platform.

EA said Valve's service "restricts our ability to directly support players" - a reference to Steam's Terms of Service agreement, which forces games to deliver DLC and patches through Steam rather than through a game-specific client.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (60)

About the author

Wesley Yin-Poole

Wesley Yin-Poole

Editor  |  wyp100

Wesley is Eurogamer's editor. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.


You may also enjoy...

Supporters only

Comments (60)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch
Explore our store