Dragon Age II does not “use SecuROM for the DRM,” says BioWare

Saturday, 12th March 2011 19:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

BioWare’s live team technical producer Derek “CrushBug” French has said that reports of SecuROM DRM in Dragon Age 2 are not what they seem.

According to French, the game uses Sony Release Control, which “shares functionality” with other products like SecuROM.

“We use Sony Release Control which shares some functionality with other Sony products (SecuROM), but we do not use SecuROM for the DRM,” he said in a Blue’s News forum post. “Once the Sony Release Control check is passed, Release Control self-destructs, removing the Release Control wrapper and it is never used again.

“Game updates will not use Release Control because obviously the release date is passed. Additionally, installing the game and then any future game patch will also remove the Sony Release Control check and it will never run on your computer.

“There is no running process once it unwraps and self-destructs.”

As far as registry entries were concerned, French said any evidence was just “an inert registry entry that does nothing,” and placed in “a temp folder that is never referenced again,” which can be deleted after install.

“This part is sloppy and should be cleaned up, though. We will see about doing that in a patch,” he added.

Thanks: Blue, BigDownload.



  1. Phoenixblight

    I wish Bioware would go public with this. I had already knew this because I follow the forums and Bioware had put a sticky up detailing the DRM.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. thesamy

    Derek “CrushBug”
    never belive to a man with this nick name…

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    would they have even told us this though if people hadn’t got pissy over thinking it was securom?

    The major problem with DRM is the complete and utter lack of transparency around the varying methods. Just stick with steamworks guys please =/

    #3 4 years ago
  4. NeoSquall

    @3 They detailed the DRM of DA2 in the past weeks, why would they need to tell us (and the pirates who prey in these sites) the exact programs used?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight


    What four said they had a sticky in the forums detailing every aspect of the DRM. The first thing they answered was it did not use Securom but the release control that the game had was made by the same team who created Securom.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Keivz

    Much ado about nothing.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @4 Nevertheless, if you buy a product and someone chooses to bundle it with third party software, you have a right to know.

    Bioware are in compliance with that according to Phoenixblight, although personally I think their EULA is pretty weak. They basically snake out of putting it on the box, and instead require you to check the forum.

    Somehow I doubt you’d get away with telling people to check a website on the back of any other product you might find in a supermarket, rather than listing the actual content.

    Really, it’s not as if pirates aren’t more than adept enough to identify a DRM system within minutes or less, anyway.

    Never had any problems with secuROM so it doesn’t bother me personally, but people still have a right to know what gets put on their systems.

    #7 4 years ago

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