If you want to play Duke Nukem Forever on the platform it calls ancestral home, you’ll need to swallow your anti-DRM bile, as every single PC version will require a linked Steam account.
A post on the Gearbox forums confirmed the decision to utilise Valve’s Steamworks DRM system.
A Gearbox community manager pointed out the advantages of the DRM system by commenting “You’ll always be able to install a copy of the game even if you lose your disc.”
In a later post, the representative re-confirmed that no other DRM system will be used, regardless of where and how the player purchases the game.
Duke Nukem Forever explodes onto PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 3 in the US and May 6 everywhere else.