Origin will be required to run all editions of Mass Effect 3 on PC, BioWare has revealed – including copies bought from shops.
Mass Effect 3 won’t be available on Steam.
“During initial release, Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other third-party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time,” wrote community man Chris Priestly on the BioWare forum.
“Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.”