EA has released a tool which it hopes will bring an end to the controversy surrounding the authorisation limits packaged with its PC titles.?
Ever since May last year,? ?EA-published games such as Spore,? ?Burnout Paradise,? ?Mirror’s Edge and Crysis Warhead could only be fully installed on a limited number of PCs,? ?as each game’s product key can only be authorised a set number of times? (?usually no more than five?)?.
The system has proved remarkably unpopular,? ?with a vocal complaint that EA’s own paying customers are the ones being punished for the publisher’s ongoing wrangle with piracy.? ?Former Maxis developer Chris Harris described the initiative as a? "?screw up?"?.?
"From a PR point of view,? ?this is a disaster,? ?as they have come across like they have their fingers in their ears and aren’t listening,?” ?he said.?
Now EA has shown a change of heart.? ?The company has released a downloadble tool that can combat its own DRM restrictions.
While EA’s? ?De-authorization Management Tool? (?DMT?) ?cannot change the number of installations each game is restricted to,? ?it can remove individual authorisations,? ?meaning that each game’s authorisations can be refilled and swapped between PCs.
The DMT doesn’t automatically uninstall games,? ?allowing customers to simply re-authorise at a later date if they wish.
Links to download the tool can be found? ?here.?
A list of games affected by authorisation limits can be found? ?here.
Last week,? ?EA announced that it had? ?abandoned plans to add any DRM technologies into its upcoming release,? ?The Sims? ?3.