We have some important news for those of you who are planning to pick up Mass Effect 3 on the PC now, as just as expected, EA has just confirmed that both copies of the game either retail or digital on PC will require players to download and install EA’s digital distribution service Origin.
While this won’t be an issue for those who have already got Origin up and running for Battlefield 3 on PC, it will be seen as more a hassle for those who do not want an extra program running in the background, other than Steam which has become the favored option for most PC gamers.
According to EA, Mass Effect on PC requires a ”one time, single authorization for the single player game” and playing multiplayer will need the player to have a constant connection to Origin enabled. Bioware’s Chris Priestly confirmed the news in a post over at the developer’s official forum, in which he also confirmed that the game would not be available on Steam, due to Valve’s apparent ”restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content”.
Also mentioned in his forum post is Bioware’s take on whether or not Origin is spyware. Obviously they counter-reports saying that it is otherwise, stating that the installation of Origin requires a Windows permission change but does not install any form of spyware on users computers.
So is the fact that Mass Effect 3 requires Origin to run really a big deal for you? If this inevitable move by EA doesn’t suit you, then you can always pick up the Xbox 360 and PS3 version if you prefer instead, which will launch on March 6 along with the PC version. Let us know what version you’ll be getting and your opinions on EA blocking Steam sales.