You Probably Didn’t Know, SecuROM Included on Dragon Age 2 Disc [Updated]
Update: It appears that initial reports about the use of secuROM were wrong. I apologise for this. It does appear though that a DRM method that was built by the same team was included on the disc. The DRM is called “Sony Release Control” and will remove itself after an initial check. The registry entries are also addressed with Bioware stating that “this part is sloppy and should be cleaned up, though. We will see about doing that in a patch.”
via:VG24/7 (Thanks Ron!)
Even a small matter of a court order, which should have prevented EA from placing SecuROM on games without mentioning it, could stop EA from doing it anyway. No one would expect them to host a parade for the news, but not mentioning it on the box or even in the 28 page-long EULA is a very devious move.
Reclaim your Game, the consumer rights group that first found the inclusion of SecuROM, also released a report on the matter which can be read here. The report indicates a few more worrying things for people who bought the disc version: SecuROM won’t be removed when the game is uninstalled, the files are hidden and that activating Dragon Age 2 online won’t rid you of the DRM. The Steam version is unaffected by SecuROM; one more reason to use Steam, eh?
Actions like this can only serve to hurt the industry. In a time when piracy is rife and developers are looking for ways to cut down on it, how can being deceptive like this help in any way?