EA has announced an intention to continue using the controversial SecurROM copy protection software with the upcoming Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
, despite the massively negative reaction the DRM software has met with in previous products.
Companies such as Take-Two and Electronic Arts have received backlash from users after including the draconian copy protection system SecuROM. The system has been used in games such as BioShock
and Mass Effect
, with Spore
currently taking a customer-review bashing on Amazon for its inclusion of the software.
EA has now confirmed that it won't be dropping the system however and will include it in Red Alert 3
, though the SecuROM system will be tweaked. Players will now be allowed five active installs of the game at any one time, the software only authenticate on first-run and you will not need the disc in the drive to play according to a discussion on the EA forums
"Red Alert 3 is shaping up to be a world-class RTS game that will give you many hours of enjoyment,
" said an EA spokesperson.
"I think it would be a shame if people decided to not play a great game simply because it came with DRM, but I understand that this is a very personal decision for many of you and I respect that. As you might imagine, I’m a lot less respectful of those people who take the position that they will illegally download a game simply because it has DRM,
In other words: not good news and this is something that some people will obviously use as a flimsy excuse for piracy.
Are you one of those people, or will you be showing displeasure through sales figures? Let us know what you think in the forums
, or check out our hands on impressions of the game in our Red Alert 3 preview