GSC May or May Not Be Using Always-On DRM for STALKER 2
OK, so according to an interview with GSC’s Sergey Grigorovich over at KP, STALKER 2 will use always-on DRM. The quote:
Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses. Permanent internet access is required. Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection. Software piracy is an issue for us, we try to fight it, but within reason.
That sounds pretty definitive, right? Well, apparently it isn’t definitive, because here is a GSC statement given to RPS:
The idea of implementing DRM came in as a possible anti-piracy solution. You know the severe level of commercial piracy we have here in ex-USSR region. This said however, there is no firm decision to go for DRM with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 as of now. Be assured, we do realize how uncomfortable this solution is for the players, so we’ll continue looking for most effective, yet acceptable for all, way of protecting the game by the time of its release.
So, yeah, that’s weird. That’s what you call “backtracking.”
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