BioShock 2 is one of the hottest upcoming PC games this year, but some fans will certainly be disappointed to hear that the game has gone Modern Warfare 2 (at least partially) since there will be no support for LAN multiplayer play, nor dedicated servers. Read on to find out all the details, including updates on the game’s DRM.
According to a FAQ session ran on the 2K Games website, there will be no LAN or dedicated servers support for BioShock 2: “There is always a finite amount of time for the development of a game,” explains 2K Marin. “Bringing Multiplayer to BioShock was a daunting task between the tech (there was no multiplayer support in the codebase from the first game) and the expectations of the community. Either you try to do everything and so nothing feels finished or you focus your efforts to do a smaller number of things really well like an accessible online experience. We chose to spend the time we had creating a solid game foundation and unfortunately that did not include LAN play or dedicated servers.”
Of course, the level of madness surrounding this announcement should not reach the heights of that provoked by CODMW2 since, as the developers themselves said, there was no multiplayer in the first BioShock, so we should be happy to get some now – and maybe hope for an update in the future.
There are some good news regarding the release of BioShock 2, at least DRM-wise. 2K Marin said: “There will be no SecuROM install limits for either the retail or digital editions of BioShock 2, and SecuROM will be used only to verify the game’s executable and check the date. Beyond that, we are only using standard Games for Windows Live non-SSA guidelines, which, per Microsoft, comes with 15 activations (after that, you can reset them with a call to Microsoft.) “
Pretty good news, in the end, and I’m sure that everybody is waiting to get their hands on the game!