It's been a few days since EA practically confirmed it via their steaming coffee cup but now it's official - Electronic Arts and Valve are partnering in bringing the former back on Steam, starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launch.
"Electronic Arts and Valve have partnered to put EA games into the hands of the players on Steam. Starting next spring, EA Access—our ever-growing subscription service powered by great games and member benefits—will be making its way to Steam", EA wrote on their website.
The company didn't miss out on the opportunity to brag how EA Access is the first and only subscription service on Steam
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on 15 November 2019 and it will spearhead the company's return into Valve's arms. Other games like The Sims 4 and Unravel Two will join Star Wars on the same date.
Unfortunately, multiplayer titles like Apex Legends, FIFA 20 and Battlefield V will take a bit longer, so Steam players will have to wait until next year. We're hoping that EA are referring to spring 2020, but we can only guess at this point.
Naturally, EA's return to Steam means Origin and Steam will be pooled together in matchmaking, so your choice of the platform where you purchased a game will not be the limiting factor.
EA formed Origin back in 2011 to try and come up with their own Steam competitor but that obviously didn't go as well as they'd like.
Obviously, Valve is holding no grudges, and we can't help but recall the tame response of our lord and saviour Gabe Newell, even though everyone expected an angry response to Origin.