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Just saw this article on RPS: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/04/10/hmmm-shadowrun-wont-be-entirely-drm-free-after-all/

A quote from the Kickstarter page:

"Now, that may prompt the question, “What about DRM-free?” To honor our original promise of a DRM-free version of the game, the Harebrained Account Website will also contain a downloadable version of Shadowrun Returns that does not include Steam integration. While this version will include the Seattle story (and Berlin, via a one-time update), without Steam integration, it will be unable to browse and play community-created stories from within the game. Any future DLC will only be available through Steam. "

TLDR: Game will be drm free, but mods and all future DLC will require steam.

What do people think of this?

EDIT:

After reading the joystiq article today, I saw this table on the Kickstarter page :
https://s3.amazonaws.com/www.harebrained-schemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/srrVersionsCompared.png
Is was part of a new update they did after their update that caused all the uproar.

Anyway looks like there will be patches for the drm-free version, and there will be mods for the drm-free version. The only thing you miss out on is any future DLC, and any mods based off that DLC.

Their reason for the DRM is actually explained in the post aswell : "The reason is that our license to develop Shadowrun Returns actually requires that the game and its DLC be distributed under DRM"
Post edited April 13, 2013 by apocolypse600
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apocolypse600: What do people think of this?
Wait for Friday's update before making any judgement.
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It's a fascinating approach. I never thought about renaming the demo as a "DRM free version". Marketing people just keep getting craftier.
Oo another Workshop game, nice :)
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apocolypse600: What do people think of this?
That as long as they're open about it, it's up to people to vote with their money.
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apocolypse600: What do people think of this?
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Fenixp: That as long as they're open about it, it's up to people to vote with their money.
That's my issue with it though. The Kickstarter ended almost a year ago now. So you can't vote with your wallet - they already have your money. I guess technically they are fulfilling their promise of a DRM free game, but if feels a bit dodgy to me.
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apocolypse600: That's my issue with it though. The Kickstarter ended almost a year ago now. So you can't vote with your wallet - they already have your money. I guess technically they are fulfilling their promise of a DRM free game, but if feels a bit dodgy to me.
Well that is quite dodgy then, I'd definitely call them on that.
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Adzeth: It's a fascinating approach. I never thought about renaming the demo as a "DRM free version". Marketing people just keep getting craftier.
Shorten the hours, its a feature. :D
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If I knew that this was their plan, I wouldn't have picked up a copy. I expect better behavior than this from developers, and I sincerely hope that they lose much over this harebrained decision.
For a game that got funded 4-5x over the goal, it would be a stupid decision by the devs to cripple the drm free version (and a few other things based on the comments on KS). As someone pointed out.. there is nothing mentioned about Steam on original KS - but there is about DRM free...
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Sabin_Stargem: If I knew that this was their plan, I wouldn't have picked up a copy. I expect better behavior than this from developers, and I sincerely hope that they lose much over this harebrained decision.
Me too, if Steam was mentioned in the tiers, I wouldn't have backed too. Put it on GoG with future content updates and all will be forgiven.
If this would have been mentioned from the start I would not have backed it. I would have waited for a sale to pick it up. I don't understand why this doesn't have a GOG release with future DLC and everything, now that GOG supports DLC.
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Aningan: If this would have been mentioned from the start I would not have backed it. I would have waited for a sale to pick it up. I don't understand why this doesn't have a GOG release with future DLC and everything, now that GOG supports DLC.
I guess this is a chance for GOG to make an overture - "Let us distribute your game like the backers expected, and you will be saved a PR headache." Something like that.
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apocolypse600: TLDR: Game will be drm free, but mods and all future DLC will require steam.

What do people think of this?
C'mon, let's be fair. You should've included this quote for more context:
We realize that for some of you, releasing on Steam isn’t your first choice but there are a lot of really great things we get from this decision that allow us to focus on the game rather than on making things like backend servers to deploy and manage shared content. From the start, we’ve had to make practical decisions like this one to ensure we get the most out of the support you’ve given us. We consider this to be the best option for everyone.”
(Emphasis added)
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Catshade: (Emphasis added)
And that would be fine for mods, but to refuse people who wanted DRM-free version from added official content in the form of DLC?