DRM's never been a fun topic for the PC and if you're going to buy Dragon Age 2
, then here's the rundown on how the DRM works on the PC. If you get the Steam version, it's going to just use Steam's method. No more, no less. Those buying discs or from someone else, well I'll let this forum post from Bioware
explain it. I'll be picking up the Steam version myself. Thanks Blues News
Steam versions use Steam DRM, no other DRM is added.
Non-Steam versions (digital or retail disc) are as follows:
- No disc check, you do not need the disc in drive to play.
- No limit on the total number of PCs you can install and play the game on.
- There is a limit to the number of unique/different PCs that can start/play the game within a time window [5 PCs in 24hrs].
- Each install requires logging in to your EA account to verify game ownership and if you are a member of these forums, you have an EA account.
- You can play offline but the game will require a login check after a select period of days.
Release Control (does not use securom)
. It does not install anything to the PC.
. Sole purpose is to check with a server to validate whether the game release date has passed or not.
. It completely removes itself after the game release date has passed.
. You will not be able to play until that date has passed.
. Dates & times are set to the retail street date per country.
Hopefully this explains the DRM included in Dragon Age 2.