BioWare's Dragon Age Won't Have Invasive DRM

Are you sick of stupid DRM schemes that get in the way of your legitimate gaming experience? BioWare feels your pain and has heard your cries.

BioWare community coodinator Chris Priestly announced on the Dragon Age forums that upcoming PC RPG will not come with SecuROM copy protection that’s been common on all EA and BioWare’s recently published games, including Mass Effect.

“We’re happy to announce that the boxed/retail PC version of Dragon Age: Origins will use only a basic disk check and it will not require online authentication,” Priestly wrote. “In other words, the retail PC version of the game won’t require you to go online to authenticate the game for offline play.”

Games protected by SecuROM have been causing problems for EA’s games, with the most widely publicized being Spore. EA recently released a deauthorization tool that helps users better manage their SecuROM-protected games.

“We have chosen not to use SecuROM in any version of Dragon Age that is distributed by EA or BioWare,” added Priestly.

Dragon Age: Origins is set for a release for the second half of 2009.

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  • invlem
    Steam is quite possibly the best DRM software in the world. Mainly due to the fact that it's not seen as DRM by its users.

    Valve is the only company which has done DRM correctly it seems, basically loading it with value added features which exceeds the inconvenience of having to log in to play your game.

    If you make the process pain free and non-restrictive, people won't complain about DRM in the first place.
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  • grieve
    Good article….

    Now EA hits the news for NOT using DRM?! They are still idiots regardless.
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  • burnley14
    I'm so excited for this game to come out. And then Mass Effect 2 . . .
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  • hellwig
    The boxed versions won't have DRM, does that mean Steam Downloads will? (EA/BioWare is on Steam, right?) I don't mind games that use Steam's authorization software (assuming no one gains control of my steam account), but I hate when games sold on Steam still come with manufacturer DRM.
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