EA explains Crysis 2 Steam removal

David DeMartini, senior vice president of global e-commerce at EA and the head of its new Origin download service, has revealed to Gamasutra the reason for Crysis 2’s abrupt removal from Steam last month. “Crysis 2 was taken down because the DLC was not available through Steam; it was available through [Direct2Drive],” he said. Despite the questionable wisdom of Crytek signing an exclusivity deal with one provider in an increasingly crowded download market, DeMartini insists: “We believe in absolute freedom of choice to allow customers to buy through whatever retail outlet [they choose].”