Darkspore plagued by DRM errors, unavailable on Steam

Monday, 1st July 2013 07:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Amid widespread complaints of issues connecting to Darkspore, the EA Maxis title has been withdrawn from sale on Steam.

PlayerAttack reports players began experiencing issues with Darkspore’s DRM over a year ago.

When a player can’t connect to the game’s servers, they can’t log in and play, and instead receive a 7300 series error code. In a thread tracking the error, a moderator who seems to have contacts at Maxis or EA said in May that there is “zero” chance of this error being fixed.

Early in June, another error, with the code number 3, began cropping up with unusual frequency. It prevents players from editing existing heroes or activating new ones, so new players cannot progress at all and veterans are stuck using their current characters. Users reported the error affected everyone, and it was believed to be server-wide.

Error 3 now seems to have been corrected, with a post from a Maxis employee stating that a back end fix had been applied but that, mysteriously, “someone here doesn’t seem to want the information to be sent out”.

While the action RPG still appears in searches on Steam at time of writing, trying to click through to the application page returns you to the Steam frontpage. It is, however, still available on Origin and may still be on store shelves.

We’ve asked EA for comment on the game’s removal from Steam and the reports of ongoing issues.

A sci-fi, RPG take on the Spore formula, Darkspore released in April 2011 and rather went under the radar.



  1. Aullah

    I grabbed a game on a sale… it was like 4 times priceier in my eu region…
    Played like 2 weeks. The game was pretty awesome. Better than diablo3. Then I got a 7300 error message. No solution, no fix. What a load of crap!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    @1 so the simcity fiasco wasn’t enough for you… do you never learn?. as long you pay for this draconian drm you will get shit. vote with your money, don’t buy anything of this. let the time pass and see them get desperate and you will be able do buy cheaper and drm free. but as long you buy now it is gonna get worse and worse…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Aullah

    @2 It was long before the SimCity flasco.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    If it’s better than Diablo 3 I thank God I didn’t get Diablo. Darkspore was a mediocre and buggy game with seriously broken PvP. It went on 60% sale a month after release for a reason. First time I remember that a Maxis title got discounted so hard and so fast. Good riddance.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. harmundo

    @4: No, it’s not better than Diablo 3… Only those say that, who really-really hate Diablo 3. Okay, im a little biased, because i love D3 (still playing it!), but i can clearly say, Darkspore is not better, thats for sure.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    It’s definitely better than Diablo III, but you had to have a modicum of imagination to actually appreciate it. The thing is is that there was nothing familiar to latch onto, so those with very tiny brainspaces for the creation of headthings were sent screaming. It’s simple, really. If you didn’t like stuff like Farscape, you won’t like Darkspore.

    Darkspore’s “problem” for many people — the unspoken one that you have to drag out of them — is that the characters aren’t human, and the story doesn’t revolve around familiar human wants and desires. Compared to the usual fare it’s very novel. It sort of reminds me how some people didn’t take to Creatures simply because you were caring for those ‘norn things’ rather than human babies.

    If you enjoy the setting and the characters of Darkspore, though, then it becomes a very engaging experience. The worlds are simply lovely, with sights and locales which just deserve to be beheld by your eyes. I’m still particularly fond of the plasma falls, and the wild (out of control) basalt columns, and the bioluminescent world (where the plants were absorbing phosphorous minerals from the soil to make them glowy).

    To a degree, it’s definitely very science-fantasy and nerdy, oh so nerdy. So it’s one of those games, too.

    Of course, EA had to go and screw it all up with DRM and I can’t forgive them for that (the silly, stupid buggers). But compared with that other dungeon crawler? The DRM issues weren’t as bad up until now, and the game was just overall… better.

    Like I said though, you have to be carrying an imagination card with a high enough rank to appreciate the novelty involved. It’s not your big, buff inner warrior; It’s not Jonus Smithicus of Hardcoria, with a massive sword, out to smite the orcs and save the damsels. No, it’s so, so much better.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    There’s an announcement on the main page now, encouraging people to seek refunds:

    Lovely that EA keep selling the game even though they know it’s not working though.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The_Red

    “Digital only future” “DRM for downloadable games”. Yes, it is a bright future indeed.

    #8 2 years ago

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