Electronic Arts has once again discussed about its Origin digital distribution service and revealed that hardcore gamers, which haven’t exactly welcomed the platform with open arms, will slowly realize the array of good things it’s doing, including things like free publishing for crowd-funded games from websites like Kickstarter.
Origin started life last year and, since then, it’s managed to attract quite a lot of PC gamers, largely because it’s the only place they can buy various games from EA, like Battlefield 3 or Mass Effect 3
Despite becoming quite popular
, Origin’s image still isn’t the best, as EA has admitted several times that various “hardcore” gamers are still snubbing the digital service.
Things will improve, however, as Origin boss David DeMartini told MCV that the service is starting to convince naysayers of its good intentions through offers like free publishing for games that receive crowd funding on Kickstarter.
“People forget that when Steam launched, there was a lot of backlash from the core,” he said. “Origin represents a change, and anytime EA does something that is significant in the industry, it generates a certain amount of reaction,” DeMartini admitted.
“The hardcore sometimes have issues with Origin, but they seem to love these crowd-funded games. It was one of the few things we have done that wasn't controversial and nobody had anything negative to say.”
One of the first games from Kickstarter that will take advantage of Origin’s free publishing deal is Wasteland 2, the successor to the classic post-apocalyptic role-playing game.
More such crowd-funded games are expected to appear on Origin once their respective developers complete them so it seems that, even with all the hate, the service will continue to thrive in the future.
What’s your stance with regard to Origin? Are you coming to grips with the store or are you still loyal to other services like Steam?