Capcom’s controversial PlayStation Network DRM has made an unwelcome return.
A poster on the NeoGaf forum spotted that the PSN description of new release Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 reads: “You must log-in to the PlayStation Network each time to play the game.”
While this is not quite always-on DRM – the game only checks for a connection to PSN on boot, and will not kick players out of their session if a connection drops during play – the move will still frustrate players whose PS3s are not always connected to the internet.
Capcom apologised last year for not making clear that similar DRM was present in Final Fight: Double Impact, which had online two-player co-op. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 is an offline-only game, prompting suggestions that Capcom’s motivation in including its DRM is to protect against piracy.
That would be an odd move, with only a handful of PSN games prone to piracy because NPDRM – the encryption Sony uses for PSN games – is yet to be hacked.