Publisher EA has announced that its online service Origin will be going fully digital, starting April 4, 2014. No more PC games will come in physical format on the store. In the announcement, it states:
What does this mean for you? If you’re among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing. Your shopping experience hasn’t changed one single bit.
But if you’re that 1% who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won’t be able to fulfill that need beginning April 4th. We’ll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads.
That would imply that the digital market has cornered all but the biggest minority of consumers. That would seem a little excessive to waste so much time and resources to just a shred of the current demographic.
It’s not really a lengthy heads up, but there is one. No need to wait for a shiny collector’s box for Mass Effect 4 on Origin. Well, maybe that will have a redeemable code anyway, unlike Wolfenstein, which didn’t even do that in its own collector’s edition. We talk about that in a news recap in this video.
Were you still one of the 1% yearning for physical PC releases on Orgin? Let us know in the comments.
Edit: To be perfectly clear, EA will still have physical releases, just not through Origin. Here's a tweet explaining that.