If you hear nothing, assume that it will. I have heard it mentioned on the web that EA are starting to release non-DRM games via Steam (such as Red Alert 3 and Spore), so this may demonstrate a softening of their stance (admitting that SecureROM was a mistake would be beyond corporate philosophy). I hope this is true, as I would love to play games like Command and Conquer 3, Red Alert 3, Mass Effect, Dead Space and Spore. However, I have heard this only applies in America at the moment. Typical of modern corporate thinking to introduce something controversial without a second's thought, but take cautious steps when applying a more sensible solution.
If it stands in it's current status of SecureROM being on every EA release, I shall continue boycotting their products, and would encourage people to do so as well. It is the sole power you have as a consumer. SecureROM is malware you cannot uninstall, and an erosion of consumer rights. It doesn't matter if people only ever use 3 or 4 activations, it is still renting a game as opposed to buying one. Let EA get away with treating you like criminals, and they will introduce further restrictions somewhere down the line, knowing that your principles come second to your lust for their products.
well at time of typing dragon age origins (another EA game) has no copy protection on the disc based version only on the digital download form EA own net store so i will assume that mass effect will have a similar have the disc in the drive protection only if this is true i will buy it if not then i will be waiting till the release it on steam !!
Good news (relatively)! Bioware/EA are releasing the game with a simple disk-check thingy, not SecuROM... still going to try getting it off Steam though. Link: http://meforums.bioware.com/viewtopic.html?topic=710074&forum=144
They removed DRM and opted to remove aspects of the game itself and offer them as free launch DLC. I believe they have removed a character from the game and a vehicle. When you buy the game you get a code to download them for free straight away from the "Cerberus Network".
Doing it this way is not just an anti-piracy measure, it's also designed to stop people buying used games since the code can only be used once.
I get why they are doing it as they get no profit from used game sales, but it is a bit of a arsey move on their part. Saying that, if you do buy a used copy of Mass Effect 2 some months down the line you can still buy the DLC for a nominal fee. I suppose it is preferable to installing SecureROM on your PC.
There is no DRM, it requires a simple disc check, but if you want all the features (a mission and a squaddie) you need internet access, at least once from the game, and to make sure that you uncheck 'autologon' to the Cerberus Network.
The Cerberus Network and DLC from it are only valid for the EA Network that registered the original code, 2nd buyers will net to buy (from EA online) a Cerberus Network Code to get the 'free' DLC, and the right to buy other DLC.
the disc check is the DRM, and its possibly worse than the cd checks as now they can restrict second hand sales even further as the forced online activation locked to 1 account need circumvents the first sale doctrine, this is their reason for forcing these restrictions onto us.