Fallout 4 PC DVD Requires Steam Due to “Piracy”



/ 2 years ago

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The majority of retail PC games utilize Steamworks as a form of copy-protection and customers often enjoy the various benefits of the Steam client. However, there are still a number of PC gamers who prefer DRM-Free editions and like to own a physical copy. The Vice President of Marketing at Bethesda has confirmed Fallout 4’s retail copy will require Steam and doesn’t even contain all the data files:

Sadly, the reply is a little ambiguous so it’s difficult to deduce how much of the game is actually stored on the disk. Perhaps, the disk is authenticated before downloading a few verification files.

Hines also explained why the Steamworks DRM is included and simply responded with “piracy”. While piracy is more common on the PC, it’s also quite prevalent on consoles. As a result, I don’t understand his reasoning and the DRM will easily be cracked by major piracy groups. On another note, the PC’s user base is becoming more popular and Steam has clearly encouraged pirates away from illegally downloading games. As Gabe Newell once said, piracy is a “service problem”.

Personally, I don’t see Steamworks as a major issue given the benefits of cloud saves, achievements and an organized library. However, the piracy reasoning does become irksome and doesn’t paint a completely accurate picture. Piracy isn’t a problem on the current console generation but the X86 architecture could be prone to easy modifications. Although, the large size of games is a deterrent.

Do you think piracy is solely a PC problem? If not, why hasn’t Bethesda used DRM on console copies?


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4 Responses to “Fallout 4 PC DVD Requires Steam Due to “Piracy””
  1. Ka Ming Yu says:

    I guess having incomplete version of the game and steamworks is to prevent the game leak before official launch.

  2. WiLD says:

    I think it’s gona backlash on bethesda. You can’t really stop something as powerfull and big as piracy is. Pirates will eventually find a way to get the game for free.

  3. #longlivethebay says:

    well, you already know what i think of this…

  4. Psychobob says:

    Piracy is definitely not only a problem on PC. I don’t personally think it’s a problem at all.

    The majority of pirates will buy the product if it’s worth buying if for no other reason than it’s simpler and safer. Piracy is also used as a method to protect the consumer from a bad purchase, which is an extremely good thing. Some people will pirate a product and then buy it at a later date or when it’s on sale, such as content creators who need to play new games to grow their channels and can’t afford the game at release. Yes, some people use piracy strictly as a way to get things for free but they’re definitely the minority and are disliked in the pirate community.

    I already know Fallout 4 isn’t going to be worth $60 but that’s what it’s being sold for($90 if you want a season pass as well). I’m sure it’ll be worth closer to $30 for the game and DLC. Fuck, even Star Citizen isn’t being sold for $60. You can get access to everything in it for $45 and look at how much more that game is going to offer.

    If a product is being pirated more than purchased then the developers need to look at that and learn why people would rather pirate their product than buy it. Sadly, they never do, they simply talk shit about piracy and throw up completely pointless DRM such as this.

    People say Piracy is stealing but is it really? If I never intend to buy something then the company would never gain that money but they don’t lose any if I still use the product without buying it. If I go to a store and take a physical disk, then they experience a loss in revenue because that disk is gone and nobody else can buy it. It’s a thin line but it is there and it does matter.

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