EA backs down from draconian copy protection

Written by Tim Smalley

May 10, 2008 // 11:59 a.m.

Tags: #back #bioware #copy #down #drm #ea #effect #fans #game #mass #maxis #protection #spore

According to two postings—one made on the official Mass Effect forum, and another via email on a Spore fansite—Electronic Arts has backed down from the draconian authentication methods it planned to include in both Mass Effect and Spore.

Both titles will drop the 10-day re-authentication method originally penned for inclusion and will instead use an online authentication when you install and launch the game for the first time.

Subsequent authentications will be required if you use online features, download new content or a patch for the game.

What’s more, the new copy protection system employed by both Mass Effect and Spore will enable gamers to play the game without the DVD in the drive.

BioWare representative Jay Watamaniuk said that its decision to back down came after listening “very closely to its fans.” He added “We made this decision to ensure we are delivering the best possible experience to [our fans]. To all the fans including our many friends in the armed services and internationally who expressed concerns that they would not be able re-authenticate as often as required, EA and BioWare want you to know that your feedback is important to us.

You can read Watamaniuk’s full statement and FAQ over on the official Mass Effect forums. The same system seems to be employed by Spore as well, so the information should apply to both titles.

It’s good to hear that Electronic Arts—and the two developers—have listened to its customers in this instance and it’s great to know that we’re not going to be treated like criminals. Share your thoughts with us in the forums.

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