Once in a blue moon, fan wishes actually prompt results. It looks like Bioware and EA finally hammered out a DRM compromise that will favor the players. Chris Priestly posted up a new notice about the DRM that will be included with Dragon Age 2. Noticeably, the periodic login requirement is absent. Instead, you will only have to log into your Bioware account once per installation to activate the game, but if you choose to log into your Bioware account in-game (e.g. to upload achievements to your profile and such), only up to 5 installations can do so in a 24-hr window.
We appreciate your patience and feedback on this. DRM is always a topic of much debate, even internally. It requires a delicate balance between providing some level of IP protection while minimizing the inconvenience or intrusion to a player’s experience. These decisions are not made lightly - and a lot of time and effort was dedicated to ensuring that the system for DA2 is skewed to the player side of the experience. It is as follows:
Dragon Age 2 Physical & Digital PC/Mac DRM 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 the game on.
- There is a limit to the number of unique/different PCs that can play the game within a time window (if online) [5 PCs in 24hrs].
- After each new install there is a 1-time online check needed the next time you play, requiring a log in to your EA account to verify game ownership. If you are a member of these forums, you already have an EA account – just use the same email/password.
- You can play offline thereafter - the game will NOT require any subsequent login checks. If online, a game ownership check happens each time you play.
Steam versions use Steam DRM, no other DRM is added, which means:
- No disc check, it is used for digital game versions purchased from Steam only.
- No limit to the total number of PCs you can install the game on.
- There is a limit to the number of unique/different PCs that can play the game at any one time (if online) [1 PC].
- Each install requires logging into your Steam account to verify game ownership.
- You can play offline thereafter. If online, a game ownership check happens each time you play.
- Steam pre-loads use Steam release control – you will not be able to play until the release day/time has passed for that region.
Dragon Age 2 Release Control (non-Steam versions)
- 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.
- Does this apply to consoles?
No. This is applies to PC/Mac only.
- What about Mac/Cider, does it use Securom?
Dragon Age: Origins for Mac/Cider used Securom. Dragon Age 2 for Mac/Cider will NOT use Securom and instead it will use the same non-Steam system listed above.
- A PC review mentions Securom, what gives?
All EA preview & review game builds sent to press use Securom which is where the assumption came from. The Dragon Age 2 actual retail & download version of the game that you will play will not use Securom, it uses one of the systems above.