"SecuROM," says JoWooD Entertainment. According to the publisher, ArcaniA - Gothic 4 will be protected by DRM that can be installed on an unlimited number of PCs. There is a one-time activation needed via the Internet before playing. Additionally, the disc is not needed to be in the drive (THANK YOU, JoWood) while playing and the game will have an Auto Update feature.
It sounds like JoWood is listening to players and investors with this announcement. A few more details are in the press release.
ARCANIA – GOTHIC 4 WILL BE PROVIDED WITH USER-FRIENDLY DIGITAL SERVICES BY JOWOOD ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY DADC
Toronto, ON: JoWooD Entertainment, the BVT Group and DreamCatcher Interactive announce details of the planned digital services for ArcaniA – Gothic 4 and therefore react to the needs of the gaming community.
“Digital Rights Management as a module of the digital services has always been a tightrope walk between user friendliness and security of the product. ArcaniA – Gothic 4 is different here” explains Clemens Schneidhofer, JoWooD Entertainment. “With Arcania – Gothic 4 we deliver a high-quality product gamers will enjoy playing for hours. This joy and fun should not be disturbed by intrusive copy protection measures. So SecuROM is the perfect solution for us because it offers the necessary security and at the same time it fulfills our high expectations concerning costumer-friendliness.”
ArcaniA – Gothic 4 can be installed on an unlimited number of PCs and only needs to be activated once via the Internet. To play, which can be done at up to three PCs at a time, neither the original disc nor a constant internet connection is needed. The possibility of an uncomplicated transfer of license between the used PC offers a maximum of flexibility to the customer.
“The implemented digital services will be perfected by a user-friendly Auto Update Feature that informs the gamer pro-actively – without an annoying search – about the availability of a new Update and installs with the permission of the gamer right away” says Sascha Geschwendtner, Product Manager Games Services Sony DADC. “In addition other innovative solutions to increase the usability and the comfort of the game were implemented one of them being the verification of the release date. This feature allows the user to install the game in advance and to start it directly on the release date and therefore helps to avoid unnecessary waiting time to access the game-world.”
About JoWooD Entertainment AG
JoWooD Entertainment AG (ATXPrime: JWD) is listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna stock exchange. JoWooD is a publisher of computer and videogames, releasing international acclaimed, high-quality entertainment software for all existing and upcoming gaming systems.
JoWooD Entertainment also offers distribution services for third party developers/publishers over its global distribution network.
Visit http://corporate.jowood.com for more information.
About DreamCatcher Inc.
DreamCatcher Inc. is a leading worldwide publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software. DreamCatcher Interactive is owned by JoWooD Entertainment AG, an Austrian based video game publisher traded on the Vienna stock exchange.
Established in 1996, the company markets its products under two popular labels: DreamCatcher Games, featuring the critically-acclaimed, bestselling game Painkiller; and The Adventure Company, the number one brand for PC adventure game sales worldwide including award winning titles such as Syberia and Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None. DreamCatcher products include titles for Windows® as well as leading hardware platforms – the Xbox 360™, PlayStation® 3, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™.
About BVT Group
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, with US operations based in Atlanta, Georgia, BVT Group was founded in 1976 and, since its inception, has originated 184 closed-end funds with a total volume in excess of € 5.46 billion and around 65,000 investors. The investment focus of the BVT funds are real estate in both Germany and the United States, alternative investments (including computer games, private equity and life settlements) as well as energy- and environment. In 2009, BVT founder Harald von Scharfenberg was granted the Scope Honor Award for his lifetime achievements.