Chris Priestly of Bioware recently posted a clarification on what kind of digital rights management scheme you can expect to find in Dragon Age 2. In summary, release control, 5 pcs max every 24 hrs, no disc check, offline capable with online login check after some number of days. Details after the break.
Steam versions use Steam DRM*, no other DRM is added.
Non-Steam versions (digital or retail disc) are as follows:
- No disc check, you do not need the disc in drive to play.
- No limit on the total number of PCs you can install and play the game on.
- There is a limit to the number of unique/different PCs that can start/play the game within a time window [5 PCs in 24hrs].
- Each install requires logging in to your EA account to verify game ownership and if you are a member of these forums, you have an EA account.
- You can play offline but the game will require a login check after a select period of days.
Release Control (does not use securom)
- It does not install anything to the PC.
- Sole purpose is to check with a server to validate whether the game release date has passed or not.
- It completely removes itself after the game release date has passed.
- You will not be able to play until that date has passed.
- Dates & times are set to the retail street date per country.
* Steam DRM requires a login check every time the Steam client is loaded. The Steam client must be running in the background, although there is an offline mode that requires an online login check to enable. (Frankly, the retail DRM is less intrusive than Steam... /runs away screaming from the Steam fans who just showed up with tar and feathers)
The Escapist's report also lifted a comment from Fernando Melo from Bioware that "there were sunset plans for the online authentication, so there would never be a case where you couldn't play a legitimate copy of the game."