This has been percolating for a while, but a new patch has been released for Dragon Age: Origins, bringing it up to version 1.05. If you own Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition, your game should have come patched up to 1.04. This patch is purely a maintenance release, fixing the quirky authentication problems with newly installed DLC. Furthermore, the unintended(?) requirement to log into your EA account every time you played in order to have access to DLC or load a saved game of a playthrough that included DLC has been removed. This problem only existed in the PC and Mac versions of the game, so console users are unaffected.
Rob Bartel mentions that this PC patch download release coincides with the patch release on Steam, but Mac users will have to remain patient:
After an extensive beta period, PC Patch 1.05 for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Awakening, and the Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition is now live and official. Steam users will receive it through the Steam patch delivery service and other PC users can download and install the file from our Dragon Age: Origins patch page (which also includes our notes for the patch).
We're also working with Transgaming to roll out Patch 1.05 for Mac, although it's not available as of this writing. As console users are unaffected by the issues addressed in this patch, there is no need to release it on X360 and PS3.
Thank you for your patience and a special thanks to everyone who took part in both our private and public betas.
Dragon Age: Origins 1.05 Patch Notes
- Downloadable content will properly authenticate once installed.
- Fixed an issue where some users with DirectX10-era video cards were experiencing significant lag within menus and interfaces as well as sudden spikes in area load times.
Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition Fixes
- The Ultimate Edition installer for the EA Download Manager (EADM) version of the game was placing the CD-Key in the wrong location in the Windows registry. EADM has been replaced with EA's Origin system and this error has been corrected in the new Origin installer. For those who purchased and installed the Ultimate Edition via EADM, the Patch 1.05 installer will copy that CD-Key into the correct Windows registry location.