As 2K Games announces that it is removing Sony DADC's SecuROM digital rights management from the PC version of BioShock
due to negative comments and reception, Atari announces the opposite for Alone in the Dark
A posting on 2K's Forum
from its Community Manager states, "Good news! As promised, all activation restrictions, including install limits, have been removed from BioShock
PC as of today. You donít have to patch or install anything for this to go into effect for your copy of BioShock
Ė itís already done!"
This was then followed by, "Our other methods of copy protection remain. You will still have to activate your copy, and you will still need to keep the disc in the drive. SecuROM has not been removed -- just the activation limits on number of installs and number of computers you can install BioShock
"As I promised that the activation limits would go away, I can promise that if we ever stop supporting BioShock
in the ways you speak of, we will release a patch so that the game is still playable. I believe, as you seem to, that BioShock
will be the kind of game we will want to revisit 5, 10, 15 or more years from now. I want my copy to be playable, just as you do, and so does 2K."
Then a press release from Atari regarding AitD
entitled, "Alone In The Dark
PC Compatibility And Security" tells us, "The PC version of Alone in the Dark
is protected using SecuROMô online activation.
"This requires that in addition to the content on the game disk, players download an additional component via an internet connection in order to install and run the game. Once the game has been correctly installed and activated, it can be played whilst offline.
"To install the game on a different computer, players must revoke the serial number when uninstalling from the first machine (this is an automatic option during the uninstall process)."
Sony's SecuROM has already attracted negative comment this year when it was used in BioWare's hugely successful Mass Effect
. It has also already been announced
that Will Wright's much anticipated Spore
will use the digital rights management system.