Origin, Electronic Arts’ direct-to-consumer gaming platform, is expanding to include titles from companies other than its parent, including Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom Entertainment.
The new downloadable games will begin appearing in the catalog during November and will include highly anticipated A-list titles like WBEI’s Batman: Arkham City and THQ’s Saints Row: The Third, both of which are scheduled for release next month.
David DeMartini, senior vice president of Origin at EA, said these new agreements demonstrate the “overwhelming support from both publishers and developers” that Origin has received since launch.
Greg Ballard, senior vice president, Digital Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, said partnering with EA was a good way to grow WBIE because it gave consumers increased access to and additional options for purchasing its PC games.
Terri Schiek, senior vice president of publishing, Americas at THQ, said working with Origin offered an innovative new way to deliver content and connect with fans.
Christian Svensson, senior vice president at Capcom Entertainment, said his company was excited by EA’s long-term plans for Origin and that making games available there would help expand the fan base for Capcom games.
Origin reports having more than 6 million registered users. In addition to providing fast and safe game downloads, Origin offers social connectivity, live streaming demos, free-to-play games and a beta cloud storage feature where users can save games and gameplay achievements online and access them from multiple PC gaming systems.
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