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BioWare: Mass Effect 3 players 'will be fine with non-intrusive Origin DRM'

"It's not something that requires you to always be online"

Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson has told CVG that PC fans have nothing to worry about from playing the upcoming game on EA's digital distribution platform Origin.

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The studio confirmed in January that all digital and physical versions of Mass Effect 3 on PC will require users to have Origin set up on their machines.

The game will be available on Origin and a number of other third party digital retailers, but not on Steam, due to what EA has deemed to be "a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content".

Speaking on the subject of Origin in an interview published today, Hudson told CVG: "We use Origin, and it's interesting because really, it's just a way to get access to the online and digital features that, you know, generally, PC games have now. I think people are going to be fine with it.

"I think that the people who try Mass Effect 3 on Origin will realise that it's not an intrusive DRM scheme," he added. "It's just a way for you to sign up for the online services that you're going to get on an ongoing basis through Mass Effect 3.

"Just like you get with any other kind of online digital distribution, or multiplayer or whatever. It's not something that requires you to always be online - you can play Mass Effect 3 offline."

Mass Effect 3's campaign will require a one time, single authorisation, with no limit to the number of installs.

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