We have all the reasons to believe that Grand Theft Auto IV for PC will be a real blast – maybe even better than its console relatives. It will have an incredibly cool Video Editor to start with and… SecuROM! Yes, that’s definitely not a reason for joy – GTA IV comes with one of the most hated DRM-implementations ever. And you probably wonder why.
The folks over at IGN also wondered why GTA + SecuROM = Love, so they decided to clear things out. They had a long Q&A session with Rockstar and I’m going to share the most important things they found out.
Asked about the presence of the DRM, the company answered: “GTA IV PC uses SecuROM for protecting our EXE until street date has passed, to ensure the retail disk is in the computer drive, and is used for Product Activation of the title.”
The good thing of all this mess is that Rockstar did not go completely crazy and stuff like multiple activations will not be present – according to the company, once you install and authenticate the disk, you can re-install it anytime without the need to re-authenticate it. Also (and probably enough for the anti-piracy thing), The Rockstar Games Social Club is required to run in order to launch and play the game. And, even though this sounds like “internet connection is always needed”, the GTA IV developers promise that everybody will be able to play the game, even if they don’t have an internet connection. So let’s hope for the best!