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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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15. Re: BioWare on Dragon Age 2 DRM Mar 12, 2011, 01:50 Prez
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 12, 2011, 00:31:
I don't really care about SecuRom. I do care about the fact that DA2 is a fairly underwhelming sequel that takes a lot of shortcuts in its design.

There's a major disconnect between the absolutely glowing reviews DA2 is getting from multiple online and print sources and the overall sentiment among PC gamers here and elsewhere whose opinions I've read about the game.

I'm trying to decide if it's due to classic gamer jadedness, classic gaming "journalism" selling out for ad revenue-generating AAA games, or something else entirely.
 
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