Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC receives 2.6GB patch, removes DRM

Wednesday, 21st September 2011 09:47 GMT By Stace Harman

The release of Battlefield 3 is a mere several weeks away, but those PC gamers still enjoying the previous instalment will be pleased to hear EA has joined the ranks of publishers that release a title DRM’d to the nines, only to later put out a patch to remove it. Huzzah!

A 2.6GB patch due to hit this morning will remove the SecuROM DRM measure from non-Steam versions of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, as well as bringing with it a number of technical fixes.

A post on the official Battlefield blog states that the main aim of the patch is to “…address stability problems with the game and performance issues. It is not intended to address game logic fixes.”

The large size of the patch is attributed to it containing all of the games previous patches, rolled into one. Post author, Mikael Kalms explained the team’s reasoning for taking this decision.

“While it would have been technically possible to create a smaller patch for those who have Client R10 installed already, that would have delayed the release of the patch even further – so we thought it better to release a larger patch now, than a smaller patch sometime in the future.”

The patch was due to start rolling out via Steam and the game’s own auto-updater at 4AM UTC – 5AM BST – this morning. Those with Client R11 installed should check out the EA forums for further instructions.

The full change list looks like this:

  • Removed some memory leaks
  • Fixed crashes when the game attempted to render lots of content (high detail, high FOV or multiple-monitor modes); this should particularly help multi-monitor users
  • Chat window no longer causes lag spikes
  • Chat window reworked opacity & visibility-time is controllable through settings in settings.ini
  • Clantag is remembered when using auto-login
  • Banner URLs can be up to 252 characters in length
  • SecuROM wrapper removed from non-Steam version
  • Minor performance enhancements
  • Reduced rubberbanding on servers with more than 24 active players
  • PrintScreen takes a screenshot, file stored in Documents\BFBC2\Screenshots directory

Thanks, Shack.



  1. GrimRita

    Ouch! 2.6 GIG patch

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    So … what about Steam users? Do we get the small fixes?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    @3 I would imagine so. The patch went through Steam QA, so I would say yes

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Hope so. You never know, especially after the whole EA Origin debate.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    It’s coming to Steam, no question, Kalms confirmed it on the EAUK forums.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Hunam

    It’s 2gb on steam, downloaded it this morning. But I’ve got a decent net pipe so it only took a few mins :P

    #6 3 years ago
  7. UKTomm

    Nice to see they’re still supporting this even with the launch of BF3 coming soon.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. bpcgos

    another sale booster for its PC version surely!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @7: Dunno man. They never released Onslaught for PC, so it’s the least they can do.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Yoshi

    @2 We’ve already got it, well I have.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    @7, I dunno how positive I’d be about the patch since some of the issues addressed are a year old. Hardly screams of good service.

    @9, Onslaught is garbage, you should thank Dice for saving you the money tbh

    #11 3 years ago
  12. GrimRita

    At least the same old bugs are STILL there – bullet proof leaves, shit hitboxes etc. Nice 1.

    But this did make me chuckle

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    At this rate, GrimRita is going to be responsible for creating the world’s greatest internet meme.

    Bulletproof Leaves!

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Fin



    Chuck Testa!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    :) serves them right for creating such a nonsense.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. jacobvandy

    DRM’d to the nines? You could activate the game ONCE online and then play without the disc forever-more from day one… Yeah it’s nice they removed the SecuROM, but we’re not talking Ubisoft-level shit here.

    #16 3 years ago

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