Last year, EA put on the platform all the battlefields that jumped Steam: Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5. This October will be accompanied by the recently announced Battlefield 2042. (Find the trailer and lots of details about the game here.)
The news shouldn't have surprised me: Both EA and Microsoft have pledged to launch games on Steam again, so of course the new Battlefield will be there. It's been a long time since I released a Steam Battlefield game that gave me a break: Well, there was a time before Origin.
It might be fair to say that Battlefield 2042 will kind of be on Steam. You can buy it and launch it on Steam, but when you launch an EA game from another client, a mini-Origin client still appears on the taskbar. It's an annoying concession that has become commonplace: Ubisoft games launch Ubisoft Connect, formerly known as Uplay, and Rockstar games allow you to sign in with a Rockstar account. It means that players who buy these games in different stores can play together, as they are connected to the multiplayer networks of EA or Ubisoft or Rockstar, not just Steam.
In this regard, Battlefield 2042 will also be released in Epic Games Store. EA's Star Wars and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order squads were released there, so there are precedents. And why not? If Battlefield 2042 will be available on Steam and both versions will make you release Origin to make matches and friends, it’s just another place to buy and download it.
Of course, you can also buy Battlefield 2042 directly at Origin. In that case, I understand: if you have a lot of other Battlefield to Origin games, you might want to keep them together.
Battlefield 2042 will be released on October 22nd. It makes some major changes to Battlefield, doubling the number of players per game and leaving the single player to focus entirely on multiplayer modes. You can read everything we know about Battlefield 2042 here.