If you’re a PC gamer and have the slightest bit of interest in Battlefield 3, you’ve probably heard about the ongoing debates and rumours over why it’s not available to pre-order on Steam. If not, you’ve likely at least noticed that it’s not in the Steam store. Well, EA have made several little comments about the reasons behind this, but now the Battlefield 3 Community Manager, Seeson Mahathavorn, has said it’s so that EA can ‘provide players with the best possible experience’.

In a forum post just now, he wrote:

EA offers games, including Battlefield 3, to all major digital download sites. In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content. We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers. 

Personally I’m not sure a lack of Steam’s automatic updates, as well as other features or the need to install Origin is my version of the best possible experience, and it’s a shame the post doesn’t go into more detail as to exactly how the experience will be better without Steam. It does however go on to state that the game will be available at over 100 different online retailers, and that they hope to work out some sort of agreement with Steam.

[Source: EA Forums]