Last week’s announcement that BioShock 2 would have a DRM limit of five was met with much-expected ire by the global gaming community. In response to the furore, 2K Community Manager Elizabeth Tobey has announced that the publisher is “scaling [it] back.”
"Over the past two days, I've fielded a lot of questions and concerns about the DRM for both the retail and digital versions of BioShock 2. Because of this feedback, we are scaling back BioShock 2's DRM," she said.
"There will be no SecuROM install limits for either the retail or digital editions of BioShock 2, and SecuROM will be used only to verify the game's executable and check the date. Beyond that, we are only using standard Games for Windows Live non-SSA guidelines, which, per Microsoft, comes with 15 activations (after that, you can reset them with a call to Microsoft.)"
We first came across this news on Eurogamer. As that site rightly points out, this offering is largely identical to last week’s DRM news. The only change, later confirmed by Tobey, is the loosening of SecuROM controls for the digital version.
Tobey continued, "When I came out on Wednesday and told you guys about the retail version, I did not explain anything about Steam because we went back and scaled back what we were doing based on your feedback, and came out today with what was the most we could do. We most definitely changed our SecuROM to be more of what you asked for. "
"I know that the variables of PC gaming can be frustrating and confusing, and when you say there is a problem, we listen, and use your suggestions to make things better," she said. "Feedback like this does not go unheard, and while this might not be the ideal protection for everyone, we will continue to listen and work with you in the future when formulating our DRM plans." Tobey finished.