Rome 2 Won’t Have Always-On DRM

Total War: Rome II does indeed look like it’s going to be a hell of a game, but will it be ruined by the creeping DRM-fascism overtaking the industry? So far, no, though the future of the series isn’t so pristine. Speaking to Eurogamer, Lead designer James Russell confirmed that Rome 2 will not require persistent online connectivity in order to play. However, he couldn’t rule that out in the future.

“I wouldn’t comment on ever,” he said, “but it’s certainly not something we’re planning to do for Rome 2.” However, contra his peers in the industry, he’s actually willing to shine a bit of skepticism on the claim that piracy is the most serious threat facing the industry. “It’s always upsetting to see your game being pirated. Certainly we do suffer from that,” he said, but then threw water on the ZOMG PRIACY!!!1111 fire. “We’ve got a lot of players who haven’t necessarily activated. But at the same time it’s arguable how much that harms sales.”

Indeed it is arguable; people who argue that it isn’t never seem to produce concrete numbers, and it’s refreshing to see someone actually admit it. He also admitted that antipiracy measures tend to actually harm legit gamers most of all. “We don’t like our game being pirated and so we take steps to try and stop that happening,” but, he says, “we wouldn’t want to take draconian steps to alienate our core player-base that are buying the game.”

Be warned though; Rome II won’t require always on DRM, but it is a Steam-exclusive. I’m a big fan of Steam, but I’m also increasingly allergic to their one-account-only policy.

See the whole thing at Eurogamer.

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