Earlier this week Legacy, which is the first set of DLC for Bioware’s Dragon Age 2 was released. However those who wished to purchase and play the content from the Steam store were in for a nasty surprise as shortly after the release of the DLC the game was removed from sale.
In a statement made to IGN David DeMartini, SVP of Global E-Commerce for EA gave a statement to said;
“At EA, we offer our games and content to all major download services including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam,”
“Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to sell downloadable content. No other download service has adopted this practice. Consequently some of our games have been removed by Steam.
“We hope to work out an agreement to keep our games on Steam.”
While no official reason has been given for the sudden removal of the title it is widely believed that it is because the DLC could be purchased from within the game rather than via the Steam client.
This is not the first time that a recent EA Title has vanished from the Steam store as last month, Crysis 2 was also removed under similar circumstances when it’s DLC was released. At the time EA denied responsibility citing that it was due to a distribution deal for the DLC that violated Valve’s agreement.