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BioWare on Dragon Age II DRM

We haven't heard from EA on the story about reports of SecuROM DRM in Dragon Age II, but BioWare Live Team Technical Producer Derek "CrushBug" French made a couple of posts to our forums that discuss the matter. He says:

"Sorry, but there is some confusion on this. We use Sony Release Control which shares some functionality with other Sony products (SecuROM), but we do not use SecuROM for the DRM. Once the Sony Release Control check is passed, Release Control self-destructs, removing the Release Control wrapper and it is never used again. Game updates will not use Release Control because obviously the release date is passed. Additionally, installing the game and then any future game patch will also remove the Sony Release Control check and it will never run on your computer."

When asked about a running SecuROM process, he said: "There is no running process once it unwraps and self-destructs." In reply to a question about registry entries, he replies: "An inert registry entry that does nothing." Finally, when asked about files remaining on users' hard drives, he explains: "In a temp folder that is never referenced again. This part is sloppy and should be cleaned up, though. We will see about doing that in a patch."

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10. Re: BioWare on Dragon Age 2 DRM Mar 11, 2011, 23:08 Creston
 
I trust Derek well enough, however people have monitored the dragon age 2 executable writing to the SecuROM registry entries every time they start (or close, I forgot which). So the "inert" registry entry thing seems... questionable. Then again, they may have just been full of shit.

There are several users on their own forum who are unable to play because the "Release Control" is preventing the game from being started, even though the date has long since passed. So it's again a shitty ass system that's preventing legitimate users from playing the game they BOUGHT, all for the sake of something retarded as preventing game stores from breaking the street date. Because God forbid that people would get to play a single player game THEY BOUGHT a few days earlier! The world would come to an end!

Anyways, eh. Like I'd said earlier, it was a fun way to pass a boring afternoon at work.

What's the next DA crisis? My guess is that EA will announce DA2K12, slated for release on March 1st, 2012.

Creston

This comment was edited on Mar 11, 2011, 23:28.
 
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