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.