2K Removes All Installation Restrictions From BioShock

Remember almost a year ago when people were pretty upset that BioShock’s security features only allowed it to have the game installed on two computers at once? Well, after all that time, 2K has finally heard those people’s voices. Community manager, Elizabeth Tobey, has announced that all those restrictions have now been lifted. What’s more, everything is being done on 2K’s end, so you don’t have to update or install anything. Here’s her forum post:

Good news! As promised, all activation restrictions, including install limits, have been removed from BioShock PC as of today. You don’t have to patch or install anything for this to go into effect for your copy of BioShock – it’s already done!

Enjoy your time in Rapture, and thank you for supporting BioShock and the 2K teams.

Of course it would’ve been even nicer if those restrictions had never been there in the first place, but I guess the point is that they’re gone. Now I wonder if anyone is going to work any magic on Mass Effect’s security restrictions anytime soon.

Via 2K Forums

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4 Comments on 2K Removes All Installation Restrictions From BioShock


On June 19, 2008 at 10:53 pm



On June 19, 2008 at 10:57 pm

about the damn time


On June 20, 2008 at 12:55 am

Mass effect has already been cracked. You have unlimited installs with a cracked exe even if you have a legal copy of the game. I get cracked exe’s for my games because i hate putting the disk in, if i dont need it .. why put it in if every thing is on your hard drive?

Phil Migrowen

On June 20, 2008 at 2:13 am

“2K Removes All Installation Restrictions From BioShock”

Your headline is misleading. The initial Internet activation required during the installation of Bioshock is still present and required despite this change. So, Internet activation is still an “installation restriction” that is present in the game. What has actually been disabled (but not removed per se since the game has not been patched with this change in the DRM’s enforcemcent) are the limits on the number of installations of the game per PC (actually per PC hardware fingerprint which may constitute a different PC or the same one with changed or upgraded hardware).

So, the bottom line is this change in the game’s DRM/copy-protection is mostly P.R. bull and far less than the removal of the Internet activation requirement that was originally promised by 2K after the game’s release.