***Hi guys --
I've been hearing your concerns about the DRM situation and wanted to get back to you with some information about our plans. In the case of Red Alert 3 (and all PC titles coming out of EA), we will use SecuROM - the same copy protection that the EALA RTS group has used on our last three titles. This time around, however, the copy protection will be configured to be more lenient than we've supported in the past.
I know this can be somewhat of a polarizing topic, and I thought it would be best to open the lines of communication with some facts:
- We will authenticate your game online when you install and launch it the first time.
- We will never re-authenticate an installation online after the first launch. In other words, no reaching out to a central server post-install to see if you're "allowed" to play.
- You will be able to install and play on up to five computers.
- This system means you don't have to play with the disc in your computer. Personally, I think this is a huge improvement over our previous copy protection requirements, which have always required a disk to play.
- Life happens. I know it's unlikely, but for those unlucky few who install the game and have their machines nuked (virus, OS reinstall, major hardware upgrade, etc.) five times, EA Customer Service will be on hand to supply any additional authorizations that are warranted. This will be done on a case-by-case basis by contacting customer support.
-You can, of course, play offline without impediment or penalty.
Red Alert 3 is shaping up to be a world-class RTS game that will give you many hours of enjoyment. I think it would be a shame if people decided to not play a great game simply because it came with DRM, but I understand that this is a very personal decision for many of you and I respect that. As you might imagine, I'm a lot less respectful of those people who take the position that they will illegally download a game simply because it has DRM.***
Either way, we' re very proud of the hard work our team has put into this game and we hope you will all enjoy it when it launches.
Now, this is an improvement from SPORE but it's still not great, it is still going to install spyware in computer at a very dangerous level that leaves your computer open to a number of threats.
later on in the thread someone asks:
***I'm just wondering, but what happens years into the future when I may want to replay the game and it's no longer one of EA's priority titles?
I've had problems with older games and newer operating systems before, but this could be a whole lot more irritating than that. How long do you intend to keep up the servers that manage all this, and how long will your support be helping people who've lost an install really be able to help for?***
the reply is laughable:
1) EA will have released a patch disabling the DRM.
2) C&C4 and RA4 will have been released by then, thus making playing C&C3 and RA3 obsolete. ***
i thought point 2 was the kick in the teeth... basically telling you to go buy the new version when you can't play on this one!! I still like to dig out the original red alert for a tank zerg now and again :) with this system your not going to be able to
EA once again treating customers like some kind of ATM!!