Recently RYG did testing on a few of JoWoods games (including Gothic 3) using ByteShield as the protection... So why use SecuROM for Gothic 4??
ArcaniA – Gothic 4 Will Use SecuROM for Protection
Gamers Daily News | Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido)
You might best know Sony DADC as the makers of one of the worst copy protection systems in the world, SecuROM. SecuROM has been accused of being everything from a rootkit to just a burden and a barrier to gamers even going so far as to actually prevent gamers from playing their games. EA was recently slapped with a lawsuit in the US due to its inclusion in their game, Spore. It has even been known to require activation per user, on the same computer which was probably the cause of its later removal from Bioshock.
Why JoWood would decide that this was the best form of DRM for their product, is baffling. They state they are reacting "to the needs of the gaming community," but really it looks like they’re working to alienate the community.
ARCANIA– GOTHIC 4 WILL BE PROVIDED WITH USER-FRIENDLY DIGITAL SERVICES BY JOWOOD ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY DADC
Vienna, Austria, September 20 2010; JoWooD Entertainment, the BVT Group and DreamCatcher Interactive announce details of the planned digital services for ArcaniA– Gothic 4 and therefore react to the needs of the gaming community.
“Digital Rights Management as a module of the digital services has always been a tightrope walk between user friendliness and security of the product. ArcaniA– Gothic 4 is different here” explains Clemens Schneidhofer, JoWooD Entertainment.“With Arcania– Gothic 4 we deliver a high-quality product gamers will enjoy playing for hours. This joy and fun should not be disturbed by intrusive copy protection measures. So SecuROM is the perfect solution for us because it offers the necessary security and at the same time it fulfills our high expectations concerning costumer-friendliness.”
ArcaniA– Gothic 4 can be installed on an unlimited number of PCs and only needs to be activated once via the Internet. To play, which can be done at up to three PCs at a time, neither the original disc nor a constant internet connection is needed. The possibility of an uncomplicated transfer of license between the used PC offers a maximum of flexibility to the customer.
“The implemented digital services will be perfected by a user-friendly Auto Update Feature that informs the gamer pro-actively– without an annoying search– about the availability of a new Update and installs with the permission of the gamer right away” says Sascha Geschwendtner, Product Manager Games Services Sony DADC.“In addition other innovative solutions to increase the usability and the comfort of the game were implemented one of them being the verification of the release date. This feature allows the user to install the game in advance and to start it directly on the release date and therefore helps to avoid unnecessary waiting time to access the game-world.”
Arcania: Gothic 4 SecuROM DRM features one-time activation, auto-update, pre-load
NeoSeeker - Sean Ridgeley - Monday, September 20, 2010
Sony is stepping up with its PC game protection scheme SecuROM, offering some neat features alongside the DRM functionality in the upcoming RPG Arcania: Gothic 4.
The game requires a one-time online activation and can be installed on up to three PCs at any one time. After activation, neither a connection nor the disc are required for play. Besides that, you can expect added features akin to services like Impulse and Steamworks -- in this case, auto updating and pre-loading, so you can install the game ahead of the launch date and begin playing right away when it's triggered.
All in all, pretty reasonable stuff, and it's good to see Sony improving its "service" instead of just doing the bare minimum, so to speak.
Arcania launches October 12 on PC (console versions to come later), with a demo releasing late this month.
&USER-FRIENDLYI'll believe that when I see it... After testing Borderlands and it's DLC The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned.... and trust me when I say this... SecuROM was a NIGHTMARE ... I ended up having to reformat my PC to be rid of the effects it caused.pretty reasonable stuff
So, my BIG Question is.... Why Use SecuROM??
There are better protections out there than using SecuROM, so why not use them!? *sigh*