As with many other titles published by Electronic Arts, Mass Effect: Andromeda will not be distributed through the popular store of Valve. To communicate it is Ian S. Frazier of Bioware via Twitter, adding that the PC version will be available in Digital Delivery of Origin or through physical copy.
If anyone had any doubts, Mass Effect: Andromeda will not arrive on Steam with its PC version. As a product signed by Electronic Arts, like its predecessors, the game of BioWare will be available instead on Origin, the store of the US company.
The absence of the new chapter of the saga on Steam certainly is not unexpected: in the past, other titles of Bioware, like Dragon Age Inquisition, have suffered the same treatment. It is also likely that the retail version must be activated via Origin, which thus confirms its position in the digital marketplace with quality titles like Battlefield 1, Star Wars Battlefront and Titanfall 2.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the course of spring 2017.
@thatColtondude No, sorry. PC version will be available via Origin or by disc (physical).
— Ian S. Frazier (@tibermoon) January 2, 2017
In recent news, release date of Mass Effect Andromeda was leaked on the Xbox Live Rewards website, although it could be simply a placeholder, without any official information from Electronics Arts.