Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified

The Kickstarter page for Shadowrun Returns has word from Harebrained Schemes about their promise to provide a DRM-free version of the Shadowrun revival, and how this will and will not conflict with their plans to offer a version on Steam in addition to a standalone release. They explain that their license agreement with Microsoft actually requires the game and its DLC to include DRM, and while they managed to negotiate an exception to provide DRM-free editions of the game and the Berlin Campaign reward DLC for their backers, this will not apply to any other releases, so they will not be able to sell the game on GOG.com or in any other DRM-free way, and all future DLC after Berlin Campaign will be only release though Steam. So to sum this up: Kickstarter backers of Shadowrun Returns are entitled to a DRM-free standalone version of the game with editor and mod support (and future patches) as well as a DRM-free copy of the reward DLC, but if they want to purchase future DLC after that, they must install the Steam version (which is also included in their backer rewards). Thanks nin.
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Maybe you don't get how Kickstarter works? Kickstarter pledges are investments, not purchases, rewards are REWARDS, not purchases. The pledgers likely pledged to make a DRM FREE game happen. Not just for themselves! That's what funding investment *means*.

But it isn't really investment. Paying a few bucks for a Kickstarter campaign doesn't mean you're on the board of directors, or get any actual input on the product beyond what they deign to listen to, unless that's what they promised you. What you get is what they promised you for your pledge level. They have no obligation to follow your motivations for pledging.

Kickstarter pledges aren't actually investors, they're customers that pre-pay for a product. You can complain about DRM as a customer, but their licensing contract takes precedence for obvious legal reasons.
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