We’re not privy to the goings-on between EA and Steam that led to Crysis 2’s removal and reinstatement, but what we do know is that Steam is suspiciously absent from a list of digital distribution platforms for Battlefield 3 that EA has recently released. Definitely no connection there, publishers routinely omit the single largest PC digital distribution market share holder off their lists. Happens all the time.
They also make veiled digs at unspecified digital retailers, apparently. “When a download service forbids publishers from contacting players with patches, new levels, items and other services – it disrupts our ability to provide the ongoing support players expect from us. At present, this is the case with only one download service. While EA offers its entire portfolio to this site, they have elected to not post many of our games. We hope to find a mutually agreeable solution to this issue soon.” Perhaps even one agreeable to users, hopefully.