BioShock 2 DRM Detailed, Scaled Back

Nathan Grayson

The first BioShock is memorable for a number of reasons: beautiful, haunting environments, some of the nuttiest characters videogames have ever seen, “would you kindly?,” and – oh yeah – some seriously restrictive SecuROM DRM. Fortunately, there are other fish in the sea, and the prospects for one of them – BioShock 2, specifically – are looking up.

“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.),” community manager Elizabeth Tobey explained on the game’s official website .

Need a better idea of what you’re in for? Think Batman: Arkham Asylum, which keeps the caped crusader’s all-too-important tech from falling into the wrong hands with a very similar DRM setup.

“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 added.

Baby steps, sure, but they're much appreciated nonetheless.

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