Origin signs up 11 more publishers

Origin is now getting serious about being seen as a bona fide digital distribution platform, rather than a vanity project, as Electronic Arts today announced it has signed up another eleven publishers. Over "the coming months," Origin will add PC games from CD Projekt RED, 1C Company, Paradox Interactive and more, starting today with MMORPG Rift from Trion Worlds.

The eleven joining forces with Origin are The Witcher 2 maker CD Projekt RED, sim and strategy specialist 1C Company, niche publisher Paradox Interactive, To The Moon dev Freebird Games, InXile Entertainment, N3V Games, Core Learning, Trion Worlds, Robot Entertainment, Autumn Games, and Recoil Games.

"Origin is focused on providing choice to consumers and the games they play," Origin VP of business development and marketing Craig Rechenmacher said in the announcement. "From blockbuster franchises to high-quality independent titles, we're bringing the industry's best content to one place. We're excited to welcome new partners and a diverse new line-up of titles to Origin today."

Origin first started selling games from third-party publishers in November, signing up Warner Bros., THQ and Capcom. Industry analysts polled in November weren't impressed by Origin, but signing up more publishers and expanding is at least a step in the right direction for EA.