Casey Hudson: Players Won’t Mind Origin DRM on Mass Effect 3

So you’re going to need to use Origin to play Mass Effect 3, no matter what version of the game you have. That’s a fact and something we’ve known for a while.

But Casey Hudson of BioWare doesn’t think that’ll bother anybody.

Here’s what Hudson had to say in an interview with CVG when asked about Origin and its DRM setup:

We use Origin, and it’s interesting because really, it’s just a way to get access to the online and digital features that, you know, generally, PC games have now. I think people are going to be fine with it.

“I think that the people who try Mass Effect 3 on Origin will realise that it’s not an intrusive DRM scheme,” he added. “It’s just a way for you to sign up for the online services that you’re going to get on an ongoing basis through Mass Effect 3.

“Just like you get with any other kind of online digital distribution, or multiplayer or whatever. It’s not something that requires you to always be online – you can play Mass Effect 3 offline.

CVG also reports that you’ll only need to authorize your copy of Mass Effect 3 on PC with one online activation, the first time you fire it up. Origin also won’t limit the number of installs you have on the game, either.

What do you guys think? Experiences with Origin have you dubious about ME3 on Electronic Arts’ new system, or are you finding all the hubbub about Origin is out of proportion?

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4 Comments on Casey Hudson: Players Won’t Mind Origin DRM on Mass Effect 3

Leandro M. Braz

On February 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

completely out of proportion. Origin is a Steam with a ugly layout, will bother only who like to find problem in everething. I been playing the demo it’s not different from steam.


On February 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

“IF”… i truly can play the game off-line without extra hassles, and they ditch that ty online activation i am OK.


On February 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

Too bad EA turned their back on the millions who would have preordered and purchased through Steam… Shame on you.


On March 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

Their EULA allows them to monitor what other apps you have installed on your system and sell that information to third parties. I don’t think most PC games have “online and digital features” that do that. EA also has a pretty bad track record when it comes to end user support / account management, from my previous experiences with them.

Also, of course, I shouldn’t have to be logged into an account just to play a single player game, particularly as Internet connections can go down at times.

Just sleazy.