Posted on May 30, 2008,

The Story Behind Mass Effect’s DRM, Move to PC, and PS3 Appearance


I should qualify “PS3 appearance” — it’s the lack thereof that’s noteworthy.

BioWare head honchos Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk spoke with Wired about Mass Effect in the wake of its release on PC. By now you should know what’s different about the PC version of the game, so I won’t bother rehashing that.

A key topic was of course the controversial SecuROM DRM that was (purportedly) announced to be shipping with the game. Zeschuk claims that BioWare never made any official announcement about SecuRom, though. “BioWare is always committed to its fans and we always listen to them,” said Zeschuk.

“There was certainly a lot of speculation and rumors about what was planned for Mass Effect in terms of DRM but we hadn’t officially given any word about the DRM plan until we made the one official statement in our community and overall the response was very positive. We really appreciate our loyal fans that buy our games and keep us in business, but frankly we’re appalled by piracy and its advocates — those people aren’t part of our community.”

Since that crisis has been averted, PlayStation 3 owners might be wondering when they might see Mass Effect on their system of choice. When asked if there was a PS3 version of the game in the works, Muzyka replied, “Mass Effect is an Xbox 360 and PC title.” He didn’t, however, say that the Mass Effect series is only on Xbox 360 and PC.

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8 Comments on The Story Behind Mass Effect’s DRM, Move to PC, and PS3 Appearance


On May 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm

**** this piece of ****, they said it wasn’t gonna come come out for PC and look what happened, bunch of liers just trying to squeeze every penny they can out of gamers


On May 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Well why would PS3 owners want the rest of the Mass Effect series if they miss out on the first installment? They’d be missing out on an essential bit of story. Not like Final Fantasy, where each game is set in a different time/universe.


On May 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Evismang, that’s true, but they could very easily include some sort of recap in Mass Effect 2 that would go over the story from the first game. That’s one possible solution.

And wow, it’s quite possible they didn’t plan for it to come to PC, or they simply had an exclusivity agreement that wouldn’t allow a PC version to be unveiled until after the 360 version was released. It’s not like you *have* to buy the game on PC, too, so I don’t see how they’re squeezing the pennies out of you.


On May 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Hmmm… if they’re so angry about piracy, then why do they release their games on two notoriously pirate-able platforms? And then keep snubbing the ps3? It just clears the conscience of any ps3 owner with a decent pc who’s thinking of stealing the game.


On May 31, 2008 at 1:46 am

Weird. I haven’t heard of the 360 as notoriously pirate-able..Care to provide a source?


On May 31, 2008 at 5:47 pm

:twisted: hay Evismang you should keep up on your news GTA4 for xbox 360 was leaked on the internet before it was released, i think that qualifies as notoriously pirate-able, for a source try google.


On May 31, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Okay, 1 game. I think you need to update your definition of “notoriously pirate-able”. I google “ps3 pirate”, I get the first link having to do with people pirating PS3 games. I google “xbox 360 pirate”, I get the first two links. Whereas, with a notoriously pirate-able platform like the PC, I plead the 5th on the pirating info. I wouldn’t know where to start for PS3 or 360. Neither of them are notoriously pirate-able.


On June 18, 2008 at 1:59 am

your mom