Origin third-party support begins with Saints Row, Batman
by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Oct 27, 2011 9:00AM PDT
EA's Origin store will start offering third-party games next month. Electronic Arts had said that "forward-looking" publishers were looking to jump on board--those publishers include Warner Bros., THQ, and Capcom. On November 15th, Origin will add Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row: The Third, with more titles coming from these publishers "in the coming months."
"Since launch, we've had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognizing Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe," David DeMartini, senior vice president of Origin at EA, said in a press release. "We're excited to welcome Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom as the first publishers to offer their games via Origin."
Origin has seen a tremendous boon in recent days, largely due to Battlefield 3's reliance on the platform. Upcoming games, like Star Wars: The Old Republic, are likely to continue EA's reach amongst PC gamers.
"We are very pleased to partner with EA and have Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's key PC titles available on Origin," said Greg Ballard, senior vice president, Digital Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "In growing our digital offerings for consumers we want to give fans increased access to critically acclaimed titles such as Batman: Arkham City."
"THQ is excited to work with Origin and to offer players another new, innovative way to experience the over-the-top fun of Saints Row: The Third," said Terri Schiek, senior vice president of publishing, Americas at THQ. "We look forward to building our relationship with the Origin team, and to continue to deliver great content for the platform."
"When we met with the EA team and discussed their long-term vision for Origin, we were excited to lend our weight to their efforts," said Christian Svensson, senior vice president at Capcom Entertainment. "We hope to expand our PC fanbase for our legendary brands on Origin."