Those who have Steam, and want to download Battlefield 3, will probably have noted it’s absence from Valves on-line service. Well, mite this be about to change? Could we see Battlefield 3 venture out from Origin, EA’s rival service, and onto Steam as well? Read on to see what makes us think it could head across and to leave your thoughts.
PunkBuster, a computer program that is designed to detect software used for cheating in online games, may have accidentally relieved that Battlefield 3 is to come to Steam via an update to the anti-cheat system earlier in the week.
In the code for the update (it’s always in the code, right?) clues were found; specifically pointing out file locations of a possible Steam version of Battlefield 3.
Punk Buster installation files:
– C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Battlefield 3\
– C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\battlefield 3\
– C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\battlefield 3\
– C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\Battlefield 3\
For those among us that are not computer literate, this is listing the possible file locations of Battlefield 3. The only way you can get it to the Steam or SteamApps folder is to have it downloaded from Steam.You can probably guess what this is suggesting.
One bright spark named Lew Reed, a gaming and computer enthusiast, pointed out that they could just be preventing future updates: “I think it’s more likely that they just do this for all games in case they end up on Steam. Steam handles local files in a uniform and predictable way, so it’s not that hard to just make allowances.”
As always, VideoGamerGuy will keep you informed if we get a response fro, either EA or the developers behind Punk Buster.