Dragon Age 2 DRM Is Quite Reasonable

One thing gamers love to complain about is the DRM that publishers include in games. EA’s infatuation with SecureROM in the past caused gamers everywhere to go slightly mad. If you were one of them, Dragon Age 2 may ease your suffering a bit, as its DRM is pretty benign.

According to a post over on the Bioware Social Forums, Dragon Age 2 on Steam will simply use Steam’s DRM, and nothing more. If you pick it up at retail, here’s what you can expect:

  • No disc check, you do not need the disc in drive to play.
  • No limit on the total number of PCs you can install and play the game on.
  • There is a limit to the number of unique/different PCs that can start/play the game within a time window [5 PCs in 24hrs].
  • Each install requires logging in to your EA account to verify game ownership and if you are a member of these forums, you have an EA account.
  • You can play offline but the game will require a login check after a select period of days.

In addition to this, they’ve also got a few release controls in place, but they also do NOT use SecureROM.

  • 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.

As DRM goes, that’s about as good as you could hope for. Obviously, this only applies to the retail PC versions of the game, as Steam and console versions will use the DRM of those platforms.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that EA is moving away from SecureROM for all its titles, but is is a promising step in the right direction.

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