Spore, Mass Effect PC to Require Online Validation Every Ten Days to Function

By Nick Breckon, May 06, 2008 1:28pm PDT Update: Electronic Arts has relented to the pressure.

Original story: BioWare technical producer Derek French has said that the PC versions of both Mass Effect and Spore will make use of copy protection that will require online validation every ten days in order for the games to continue working.

"After the first activation, SecuROM requires that [Mass Effect PC] re-check with the server within ten days (in case the CD Key has become public/warez'd and gets banned)," said French in a post on the BioWare forums.

If customers do not come online after ten days, the game will cease to function.

"After 10 days a re-check is required before the game can run," added French. "..An internet connection is not required to install, just to activate the first time, and every 10 days after."

The check is run when users activate the game's executable file, with the first re-check coming within "5 days remaining in the 10 day window."

According to French, Maxis' Spore will also make use of the same scheme: "[Electronic Arts] is ready for us and getting ready for Spore, which will use the same system."

French also noted that the online requirement will be clearly labeled on the games' packaging.

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  • All in all this kind of thing will just lead me to do the same thing I did for Bioshock. I bought them game, had so many issues (and you cant get your money back after its opened) I just went and got a cracked version. Plays like it should now. Oh yea and I can install it more then 5 time like I should be able to with software I have actually purchased.

    Those kind of limits are unnecessary. Yes piracy is bad, yes I wish they would not do it but I really wish that game creators would just suck it up and quite trying to beat them with all these methods that just hurt us that actually buy the games. Look its simple, no mater what is done at some point, some how the game is going to get cracked.

    Worse yet what happens when the server I am supposed to authenticate with goes down? Even if its just a day its down that means I have just been robbed. That would be the same as me buying something at the store then one day they grab it out of my house to return it the next day. ITs going to happen to. Hell knowing how things go you might hit a week or two every now and then where its down. Really going to make a lot of people glad they spent that $50 on your product.

    This is dumb. I have 3 copies od Starcraft and Broodwar which I could have easily pirated ... no protection. Same for Worms Armageddon. Wish PC game companies would look back to those days and get a clue.