After nearly a decade-long departure from Steam, Electronic Arts (EA) is once again going to release games on the digital distribution platform soon. It's been a good chunk of a decade since EA made a decision to go all-in on Origin, and some observers, such as in this Reddit thread (or our own comments on the announcement), took the change as an admission that its Origin strategy had failed.
Through this partnership, the first major EA Games title that'll come to Steam is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. "Multiplayer games - like Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield 5 - will become available next year, and players on both Origin and Steam will have the ability to play together".
With that in mind, you'll need to create an EA account (if you haven't already done so) to buy or access EA games on Steam. This return allows them to reach a wider player-base. At the time, EA had some of the most popular gaming franchises like Call of Duty and Mass Effect to lure people over to Origin. It'll be followed by the EA big guns of Federation Internationale de Football Association 20, Battlefield V, and more next year.
The gaming juggernaut surprised gamers by stating that they will once again begin releasing games on Steam, as well as dipping into their back catalog a bit. But it appears the two game publishers have mended the relationship, and are indicating they want to enable cross-play between gamers on Steam and on the Origin platform. At this time (before now, since EA Games were last on Steam), EA Games are only on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Origin (for PC).
Speaking with The Verge, Mike Blank, senior vice president at EA, explained that EA Access on Steam will be different from EA's existing Origin Access subscription service on PC, which includes EA games as well as titles from other publishers.