If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

EA reveals Steam rival Origin

The only place to download SWTOR.

EA has created a new digital distribution service called Origin.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a full reveal will happen today. No release date for Origin is mentioned.

Origin will focus on PC games - over 150 of them at launch. It's not clear whether these will expand past EA-branded titles.

Like Steam and iTunes, Origin will be an application-powered shop.

There will be social networking features such as messaging and friends lists (pulled from Facebook et al), as well as profile pages linked automatically to your EA game progress.

Further down the road, Origin could straddle other devices such as phones. A Battlefield 3 mini-game spin-off may reward points that can unlock content in the core Battlefield 3 console and PC game, for example.

To put Origin on the map, EA will make it the only place you can download the huge Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO.

Once Origin has enough momentum, will EA remove its games from other digital distribution shops?

EA has been digitally distributing PC games through the EA Store for years. Presumably that Store will eventually be replaced by Oirigin.

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

About the Author

Robert Purchese avatar

Robert Purchese

Senior Staff Writer

Bertie is a long-time writer and now podcaster for Eurogamer. He loves telling a story and listening to them. @Clert