Electronic Arts and BioWare have today confirmed that the upcoming epic RPG Dragon Age: Origins
will ship without the SecuROM digital copy protection system that has been included on previous EA games, such as Spore
The SecuROM DRM system first shot to widespread unpopularity after Take-Two included it on BioShock
, limiting the number of times that PC users can install the game before the DRM locks them out. The draconian system has been labelled unfair by PC gamers, who point out that the system has only damaged sales and customer experience, apparently without halting piracy at all.
Thus, it's good news that community manager Christ Priestly today confirmed
that the retail PC version of Dragon Age: Origins
will not include SecuROM. Nor will it require any online activation if you're only going to play the game offline.
"We're happy to announce that the boxed/retail PC version of Dragon Age: Origins will use only a basic disk check and it will not require online authentication,
" said Priestly.
"In other words, the retail PC version of the game won't require you to go online to authenticate the game for offline play. We have chosen not to use SecuROM in any version of Dragon Age that is distributed by EA or BioWare.
Priestly also took the chance to point out that the beta of the Dragon Age
toolset is now available and that BioWare is looking forward to seeing what fans will create. For more information on Dragon Age: Origins
you can check out our latest hands-on preview with Dragon Age
, or stay tuned for some more coverage we have in the pipeline.
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