"In the case of Red Alert 3 (and all PC titles coming out of EA), we will use SecuROM," added Corry, referring to a brand of DRM technology used in previous EA LA releases like Command & Conquer 3. With Red Alert 3, however, a few restrictions have been eased.
The game disc will not be required to launch the game, and up to five installations will be allowed. After five installations, up from three for the EA published Spore and PC version of Mass Effect, users will be required to contact EA customer service.
Corry also took the time to give his take on the sometimes divisive DRM issue: "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," adding, "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." Many users against DRM often argue that a pirated game is easier to use than a legitimate copy since it sidesteps incompatibilities caused by copy protection.
The DRM controversy hit a head yesterday when Amazon.com found itself flooded with negative reviews for Maxis' Spore--another EA-published game that employs SecuROM copy protection--citing its DRM as reason to rate the game one star out of five.
Red Alert 3, which also famously features lo-fi FMV sequences in addition to its copy protection, hits PC and Xbox 360 this October.