Certain sectors of the internet have been awash with criticism for Dragon Age 2. Some has been legitimate - such as recycled environments belying the game's short development cycle - while others - such as calling the plot boring after a few hours of gameplay - ... not so much. Today's revelations are going to add more fuel to the fire.
Video game consumer group Know Your Game (Note: Site's producing a 403 error as of publishing) has uncovered the virus-like DRM software SecuROM on physical discs for the PC version of Dragon Age . What's more, as a perusal of the Bioware forums or our own posts on the subject will show, EA and Bioware made no mention of its inclusion. Bioware's Chris Priestly even stated that SecuROM would not be a part of the DRM package. Nor is it included in the EULA.
This isn't the first time EA's been caught sneaking in this troublesome piece of code. As Ars Technica points out, EA was smacked upside the head with a class-action lawsuits based on not disclosing the inclusion of SecuROM with Spore. EA's actions with regards to Dragon Age 2 will undoubtedly open the door to costly litigation. EA's had three years of legal issues with Spore's DRM - the fact that they tried it again with another blockbuster defies logic.