The Ukrainian developer of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise is following it Ubisofts footpath as it has announced that the next installment in the series will feature a DRM (digital rights management).
The DRM proposed by the developer is one of the most extreme anti-piracy plans to date. Gamers will be required to download the game in small instalments through out the game.
The news comes from the recent interview of GSC game world studio head Sergey Grigorovich
“Protection from piracy? Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses. Permanent internet access is required. Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection. Software piracy is an issue for us, we try to fight it, but within reason.”
“If people can not afford a licensed version, it is to our advantage if they download a pirated copy, and then want to buy a license. In Ukraine, there are different products that people love so much that they buy a license in principle. We want to create just such a product.”
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 is still in early development and with no release date and some unanswered questions about the DRM we will have to wait for more information, yet permanent internet connection seems to be the main focus.