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BioWare: Origin won't intrude on Mass Effect 3 experience
Posted: 19.02.2012 07:05 by Comments: 19
Back in January, Electronic Arts announced that Origin would be mandatory to play Mass Effect 3 on PC. Needless to say, this was not a popular development among some gamers. BioWare is insisting that Origin wouldn't be intrusive.


According to an interview with director Casey Hudson, players will still be able to play Mass Effect 3 offline, and went on to praise the service, stating "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 realize that it's not an intrusive DRM scheme. 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," Hudson reassured, adding, "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."

Hudson then informed that Mass Effect 3 would only require a one-time online authorization, and there were no limits on installs.

Mass Effect 3 will be released on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this coming March.
Source: GameSpy
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Comments

By Zombie_Head (I just got here) on Feb 19, 2012
Zombie_Head
Only problem with Origin is Battle Log. BL = Web based browser which is what we are hating. Even the co-op and campaign must be done through battle log.

ME3 requires origin, which is fine generally speaking, but it does not have dedicated servers for a "proper" multiplayer, which requires something silly like battle log.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 19, 2012
SirRoderick
Can you change languages manually already? I'd hate to stare at French again, trying to piece together what it is saying.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 19, 2012
JonahFalcon
Pourquoi? Avez-vous des problèmes avec la langue française?
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 19, 2012
SirRoderick
Not really, but it's bloody annoying when shit gets technical.

Ce n'est pas parce que je suis belge que je parle couramment le français, pas du tout.

So ok, maybe it's not that bad, but it's still annoying.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 19, 2012
JonahFalcon
Vous etes Belge? :p
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 19, 2012
herodotus
De Flemmish nous retournons à la conversation l'anglais, si Flemmish est ce que vous parliez en réalité.
By the way, did you know that 80% of France did not speak French until the 19th Century? I know you're speaking Belgian, but just an aside - I tend to do that:)
I tried to download the demo yesterday but as with every Steam game/patch and Origin Demos, DirectX failed to install (something is very wrong somewhere and I have tried everything to remedy it). Have always still been able to play the games/demos but not this time. Have to manually delete the files as well, as Windows does not even recognise the demo as being installed, which it is.

Back to topic, the only time I have ever had slowdown with "SW:TOR" was when I played through Origin so I can absolutely say it does have an effect at times. The West Coast server population was STANDARD at that time, yet on HEAVY and playing without Origin - not a slowdown even at Coruscant in pitched Party battles. Launch through Origin, though and...bumpty, bump. However, that is MMO and without BattleCrap I'm sure there won't be issues. Still, I don't like Origin and find it a rather featureless and pointless interface.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 20, 2012
SirRoderick
Did they speak Occitan?
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 20, 2012
lichlord
no the spoke the french part of Belgium wich is wallonia in the Flemmisch side its dutch :p
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 20, 2012
SirRoderick
I have no idea what you are trying to say lichlord. What I'm reading is the following:

"No, they spoke the French part of Belgium, which is Wallonia. In the Flemish side it's Dutch."

That means nothing :/
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Feb 21, 2012
FoolWolf
"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" - yes and its called STEAM or gamers gate - not Origin.

Anyway - since I am not on the ropes for ME3 anyway - this is just one more reason to outlive the hype and get it for a lower price later on...
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 22, 2012
JonahFalcon
I don't get your reasoning - it'll still be on Origin, even for a lower price.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 22, 2012
herodotus
The digital "features" are so slim that they're damn well almost non-existent. The prices are over the top (AUD $30 to upgrade "SW:TOR" from Standard to Deluxe - crazy)...and the features, well what features?
I'll never buy EA products digitally again, so if that is their intention (to isolate and discriminate) they've succeeded.
I'll still buy EA games, but not from the Origin Store unless they are digital exclusives only, which is a rip.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 22, 2012
SirRoderick
On the one hand, it's good that Steam has compitition.

On the other hand, I also dislike Steam.

So yeah, fark Origin.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 23, 2012
herodotus
Impulse tried to compete with Steam and have not succeeded and Origin won't either. Ubisoft also tried and failed with UPlay. Origin is just there now as a way to choose to play some games, or be forced to with others ("BF3" for example).
Steam has exclusive agreements with many Devs and Pubs, with an increasing number of AAA titles requiring Steam to play (or "3rd Part DRM" as other digital stores describe the Steam requirement).
They do support and promote Indie Devs well, and that's really the only products I purchase from the site now.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 23, 2012
JonahFalcon
Fark Origin? Just yell, "BELGIUM!" You know what the Hitchhiker's Guide says about that word...
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 23, 2012
SirRoderick
I live there, I don't know what it means.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 23, 2012
herodotus
From my BBC scripts, Adams originally used the word "F*#k" as an obscenity, but replaced it with "Belgium" due to BBC censorship law at the time.
As Zaphod exclaims: "Oh belgium, man, belgium!".
It's actually prefaced by the entire spiel about it being the only unspeakable obscenity in the Galaxy.
Later the word was changed to what Adams wanted for the UK edition of the novels, but U.S. censors objected and so "Belgium" was once more substituted for the American release.
Now it's just a standing joke, yet a baffling one for those who don't know the origins...a bit like KRC Genk:)
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 23, 2012
SirRoderick
I actually do know, I was being in character
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 24, 2012
herodotus
What character? The Captain of Genk? If so, then you were spot on:)