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Dragon Age II to use Steam DRM, retail version to require occasional online verification

Tuesday, 1st February 2011 04:59 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Wondering what sort of monstrous DRM beast you’ll have to slay to get at the meat of Dragon Age II?

Let’s put it this way: you’ve certainly had to tussle with far, far worse.

After fans started getting antsy about the role DRM would play in the role-playing sequel, BioWare took to its Social Network to clear up the confusion.

The game’s Steam version, BioWare’s Chris Priestly explained, will use Steam DRM. No strings attached. It’s as simple as that.

Retail, meanwhile, provides a few more hoops for you to jump through. There aren’t any long-term install limits or anything like that, but only five PCs can access the game every 24 hours. Also, offline play is an option, but you’ll have to sign-in online after “a select period of days.”

Oh, and just in case you were afraid it bit the big one with Dead Space 2, EA’s beloved release control is back and will once again keep your game under lock and key until its release date has passed.

In other words, it’s hardly the end of the world. Well, unless your secret instantly fatal kryptonite is minor inconveniences.

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8 Comments

  1. back_up

    bioware is right this time PC gamers are pirates

    #1 4 years ago
  2. hitnrun

    “Retail, meanwhile, provides a few more hoops for you to jump through. There aren’t any long-term install limits or anything like that, but only five PCs can access the game every 24 hours. Also, offline play is an option, but you’ll have to sign-in online after “a select period of days.”

    You should have added: “Of course, all this only applies to paying customers. As always, pirates will be able to bypass these inconveniences the day after release. Ironic, huh?”

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    Its not intrusive, just checks if the game is validated by internet connection. QQ much?

    Its no Ubisoft DRM

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Kalain

    SO, with the PS3 now cracked to allow anyone to run anything, will we see something like this on the PS3 as well? After all, all PS3 users can now be called pirates, if we take Back_up’s stance

    #4 4 years ago
  5. loki

    Hacked anyway

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DEADEYES

    Hey, the image of this article was stretched, won’t it?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. ududy

    back_up, please share your sad story with us.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Hunam

    They tried this shit with Mass Effect 1 and they gave up on it due to unpopularity of it, why fucking bring it back?

    Fuck off EA.

    #8 4 years ago

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