•Stronghold Crusader Extreme
Ok, so the retail version of Stronghold Collection released in retail two years ago or so was at least supposed to be DRM-free, which is nice. :) From some old announcements I saw the target price of the collection in e.g. EU-zone should have been originally around 18€, but the &%#/!!! local online retailers here are asking easily over 30€ for it (one even listing it for 160€, which is possibly an error).
Anyway, is it available in any (legitime) download service DRM-free? The price on all of them seem to be around 19.95€ which is ok, but is it DRM-free on any of them? It would seem rather silly that the digital versions would have DRM, when even the retail version does not.
- Didn't see DRM details on the Steam release, but I presume it requires running the Steam-client in order to play the games in the collection (ie. it has DRM)? I've heard Steam does offer some games (like Doom 1-2) DRM-free, ie. not requiring the Steam-client to be run in order to play the games, so here's hoping...
- I didn't see DRM-details on the Direct-2-Drive offer.
- GamersGate lists "other DRM"... what DRM? I thought that usually refers to the DRM used in the retail version, but the retail version is supposed to be DRM-free.
- DotEmu doesn't carry the collection, only the first two games just like GoG. :(
Here's hoping of course that GoG (or DotEmu) would get them, after all they wouldn't have to negotiate about removing the DRM, I guess. Getting the first two games from GoG or DotEmu for around 13€, when the collection includes three newer games as well for a few more bucks, does not sound quite right...
If all else fails, I will get the DRM-free retail version for over 30€, if I have to.