Update: Cheer up, Steam lovers, because EA had a change of heart. The Need for Speed Twitter account reads today:
"You asked for it, so we made it happen. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit will be coming to Steam soon!"
Someone finally got tired of waiting for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit to arrive on Steam, so they asked the official NFS Twitter for an ETA. Unfortunately, there is no ETA because Hot Pursuit isn't going to Steam, at all.
"Sorry, it won't come out on Steam," was the official answer.
Commence much lamenting and raging on the Steam forums, as community members declare they'll be skipping Hot Pursuit entirely because of this. Some have pointed out the game is still available via other major digital distributors, like Impulse, GamesPlanet and Direct2Drive (just to name a few) -- not to mention actual retailers, as in physical copies.
There is also the question of why Hot Pursuit skipped Steam when Need for Speed SHIFT was available through the service. Either way, having alternatives isn't doing much to alleviate the rage geared towards EA.