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Steam had EA Week, they had all of Battlefield stuff on sale, including "Vietnam" expansion pack for Bad Company 2 at 50% off.

Is it possible to use Steam version of that expansion pack with retail version of BF:BC2? I know that this "expansion" is basically just a key which you register in game, but how does that work in case of Steam version?

EDIT: the sale is over now.

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You should consider changing your question to make it more general - because it's an excellent question, but I think turning it into a more general question about buying expansions off steam when you own the CD would be an even greater (and more useful) question. –  Wipqozn May 10 '11 at 17:27
    
@Wipqozn: AFAIK, there is no general answer, so it shouldn't be general questions. –  vartec May 10 '11 at 21:50
    
@vartec Ah, I see. I assumed the answer would be true for all situations of this nature –  Wipqozn May 11 '11 at 10:36
    
@Wipqozn: well, I do see your point. Maybe it could be generalized to games, which you cannot activate on Steam, but you can buy DLC on Steam, but I really can't be sure. –  vartec May 11 '11 at 11:16
    
@Vartec I was referring solely to buying the expansion pack of a game on Steam, when you own a physical copy. @Eternitys-Ember answer, due to "You can see a notice in steam under the game media that states the following: "Notice: Vietnam requires the base game Battlefield: Bad Company 2 ON Steam to play" " could be useful to situations other then just vietnam. I'm not proposing a huge change - just replace "Vietnam" with "Expansion" –  Wipqozn May 11 '11 at 11:21

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I have come across this issue before when I had the Dragon Age on Disk but wanted to use the expansion on Steam. In my case it was not possible and I needed the Steam version of Dragon Age in order to use the expansion. Steam has been putting notes in the details of the game to make things more clear about it. You can see a notice in steam under the game media that states the following: "Notice: Vietnam requires the base game Battlefield: Bad Company 2 ON Steam to play"

You can view this link to the Steam page for the Battlefield expansion to see the Notice. http://store.steampowered.com/app/47880/?snr=1_4_4__13

Short Answer: Unfortunately you can't use the Steam expansion with that Disk.

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I guess I was wrong, even though the CD Key works with the retail game, you can't get it out of steam to use it without owning BC2. –  z ' May 11 '11 at 0:58

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