Dragon Age 2 DRM explained

Written by Joe Martin

February 1, 2011 // 11:20 a.m.

Tags: #bioware #copy-protection #dragon-age #dragon-age-2 #dragon-age-2-drm #dragon-age-2-pc #drm #electronic-arts #piracy

Electronic Arts and Bioware have explained how the DRM will work on the PC version of upcoming fantasy RPG, Dragon Age 2.

There will be two different versions of the game for PC - a retail and a digital version, according an explanation from BioWare's Chris Priestly via the official forums.

The digital version of Dragon Age 2 will make use of Valve's Steamworks DRM system and nothing else, basically meaning that it will function like any other Steam game.

The retail version, however, will have a different copy protection method. Bioware has confirmed that there will be no install limits or disc checks, but there is an online check that limits the number of PCs that can install or run the game within a set period of time - capped at five PCs every 24 hours.

The retail version of Dragon Age 2 will also require players to sign in to an EA account to verify ownership every time they install the game.

While the retail version of Dragon Age 2 is playable in an offline mode, players will be required to login and authenticate the game after 'a select period of days'.

Bioware has confirmed that, while release control software will be installed as part of this process, this software does not use SecuROM, is used only for checking the validity of the install and will automatically uninstall itself once the release date has passed.

Check out our Dragon Age 2 preview for more details on the game itself, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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