Below are the details of the final version of DRM that will be used with Dragon Age 2 for PC and Mac.
We appreciate your patience and feedback on this. DRM is always a topic of much debate, even internally. It requires a delicate balance between providing some level of IP protection while minimizing the inconvenience or intrusion to a player’s experience. These decisions are not made lightly - and a lot of time and effort was dedicated to ensuring that the system for DA2 is skewed to the player side of the experience. It is as follows:
Dragon Age 2 Physical & Digital PC/Mac DRM are as follows:
- No disc check, you do not need the disc in drive to play.
- No limit on the total number of PCs you can install the game on.
- There is a limit to the number of unique/different PCs that can play the game within a time window (if online) [5 PCs in 24hrs].
- After each new install there is a 1-time online check needed the next time you play, requiring a log in to your EA account to verify game ownership. If you are a member of these forums, you already have an EA account – just use the same email/password.
- You can play offline thereafter - the game will NOT require any subsequent login checks. If online, a game ownership check happens each time you play.
- No disc check, it is used for digital game versions purchased from Steam only.
- No limit to the total number of PCs you can install the game on.
- There is a limit to the number of unique/different PCs that can play the game at any one time (if online) [1 PC].
- Each install requires logging into your Steam account to verify game ownership.
- You can play offline thereafter. If online, a game ownership check happens each time you play.
- Steam pre-loads use Steam release control – you will not be able to play until the release day/time has passed for that region.
- Does not use securom.
- It does not install anything to the PC.
- Sole purpose is to check with a server to validate whether the game release date has passed or not.
- It completely removes itself after the game release date has passed.
- You will not be able to play until that date has passed.
- Dates & times are set to the retail street date per country.
Does this apply to consoles?
- No. This is applies to PC/Mac only.
- Dragon Age: Origins for Mac/Cider used Securom. Dragon Age 2 for Mac/Cider will NOT use Securom and instead it will use the same non-Steam system listed above.
- All EA preview & review game builds sent to press use Securom which is where the assumption came from. The Dragon Age 2 actual retail & download version of the game that you will play will not use Securom, it uses one of the systems above.
NEW - Did we sneak Securom in? Short answer, still no. Long answer...
Edited by Chris Priestly, 12 March 2011 - 07:55 AM.