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

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.

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