2K Details Bioshock 2 PC DRM
"2K community manager Elizabeth goes in-depth on the DRM specifics for the upcoming Bioshock 2 game."
Published: 23rd January 2010 | Source: 2K Forum |
With the release of the popular Bioshock sequel looming, one of the biggest concerns from gamers is the game's DRM methods. In hopes of assuaging any fears players had, community manager Elizabeth has posted the specifications on the 2K forums.
First of all, the good news is that, while SecuRom will be used, its only purpose is to serve as a disc check for retail copies of the game or EXE/date checks for Steam versions. Unfortunately, that's about the only real good news to be had here.
Much to the dismay of many, Bioshock 2 will make use of Microsoft's Games for Windows Live system with non-SSA (Server Side Authentication) keys. In going with this route, players are imposed with Microsoft's standard 15-activation limit. Once a user has used up all 15 of their activations, they must contact Microsoft to obtain more. In addition to this, users must connect to the Internet at least once during the installation of the game.
While this option is almost certainly better than going with SSA keys, the requirement of online activation (even if it is only once) and the limited number of activations have garnered quite the outcry. Many have also voiced protest over the use of SecuRom in the Steam version of the game with the argument that Steam is already a generally-accepted form of DRM in itself.
If it's any consolation, 2K's Elizabeth has been hard at work keeping on top of things, clarifying various points and relaying user feedback to the developer team. Feel free to voice your thoughts in the 2K forums thread here (courteously of course).