When EA started putting games on Steam again in 2019, I immediately forgot my Origin password as an act of joy. That may have been premature, as the era of many PC game clients hasn’t ended: EA stopped cloistering its PC games on the Origin store, but the Steam versions still launched the Origin client when you started them.
That was not true for each one a new EA-published game on Steam, though. I was surprised to find that F1 2021 doesn’t require Origin, for example. Another exception will be the Steam version of the Dead Space remake (opens in a new tab)which publishes in January.
“Dead Space is native on Steam,” said an EA representative when reached for comment.
EA hasn’t said whether or not the decision is part of some broader plan to remove the Origin client for Steam releases, but I doubt it. The upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will require Origin, according to its Steam page (opens in a new tab). Speculation on Reddit (opens in a new tab) that EA “finally looked at the Steam reviews” might be prematurely optimistic.
For Dead Space, however, EA’s statement confirms that the usual third-party DRM notice was not just forgotten, or temporarily missing, as EA is in the process of transitioning away from Origin to the new EA Launcher, as some in that Reddit- thread speculated. . The timing is curious, though: EA announced today (opens in a new tab) that its new launcher is out of open beta and will “soon replace Origin.”
However, Dead Space is apparently a regular Steam game without an external client.
That probably won’t make much of a difference to our in-game Dead Space remake experience, but I’m glad to be spared the discomfort of watching pointless DRM-on-DRM draw even a tiny fraction of my system’s resources. A computer gamer’s natural and inevitable aversion to unnecessary background processes is indifferent to their meaning. Taskbar icons are enemies.
As for that in-game experience, the Dead Space remake got a new trailer the other day, and the revised USG Ishimura and necromorphs look as creepy and grotesque as I’d hoped. The only thing I’m not sure about is Isaac having a voice: I preferred him as the silent Gordon Freeman type he was in the original. I cannot, however, be too self-righteous about that appeal to the way things were. Isaac was voiced in Dead Space 2 and 3, so remake developer Motive didn’t exactly take a drastic departure from the overall source material.
Dead Space will be released on January 27th.