Crysis and Crysis Warhead Head to Steam

By Chris Faylor, Sep 12, 2008 5:31pm PDT As the September 16 release of Crytek's sci-fi shooter Crysis Warhead (PC) approaches, Valve and Crytek today announced that both Warhead and the original Crysis will soon be sold through Valve's digital distribution client Steam.

Said to go up for pre-order this weekend, Crysis and Crysis Warhead are slated to hit Steam by mid September. No price points were provided. Faylor's Take: Opening up Crysis and Crysis Warhead to the Steam audience is a smart move for Crytek, especially given the low overheads of digital distribution.

However, don't get too excited about the idea of Crysis publisher EA bringing its major games to Steam. As with Valve's own The Orange Box, Crysis and Crysis Warhead are published through the EA Partners program. Going by the announcement's wording, the Steam debut of Crysis seems to be more of a Valve and Crytek, not EA, thing.

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  • As with Valve's own The Orange Box, Crysis and Crysis Warhead are published through the EA Partners program.

    You sure about that? The Crysis box sports a huge EA logo as does the mockups I've seen of Crysis Warhead, whereas The Orange Box shows just Valve logos.

    Is this EA Partners bit a new thing or has it been there all along and EA just put their logo on the box this time? Or am I just way off on what the EA Partners thing means?

    Also - please let us associate our keys for the original Crysis with Steam...

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    • EA Partners is a (relatively new) division of Electronic Arts that deals with big shot independent developers that own their own IP. Like for instance Crytek, Valve and id. The thing with EAP is that they basically offer a menu of different services to the developers. If they want to handle their own marketing then that is fine, if they want EA to handle the marketing then that is fine too. For instance EA and Valve have a deal covering a number of games, while the deal between EA and id only covers one game. On the other hand the deal between EA and Valve(and apparently also the one with Crytek) let them keep the online/digital distribution rights to themselves, this is not the case with Rage(I think Carmack said this, but he wasn't entirely sure.