Today’s news roundup sees 2K Marin trying to quell the furor over plans to impose DRM restrictions on PC versions of Bioshock 2. Hollywood is making noises about a possible remake of Mortal Kombat – god help us. And finally, Assassin’s Creed II on the PC gets a North American release date although no word yet on when it's going to be hitting the shelves here in the UK.
2K "scaling back" BioShock 2 DRM?
With so many people condemning their proposals to include the notorious SecROM DRM feature with PC versions of Bioshock 2, 2K Marin has just announced it will be ‘scaling back’ plans in bid to reassure livid consumers. Quite predictably, a large number of PC gamers were in uproar after 2K community manager Elizabeth Tobey spoke of proposed DRM restrictions on both digital and retail versions of Bioshock 2.
However, according to Cult of Rapture, Tobey issued a statement saying ‘There will be no SecuROM install limits for either the retail or digital editions of BioShock 2, and SecuROM will be used only to verify the game's executable and check the date. Beyond that, we are only using standard Games for Windows Live non-SSA guidelines, which, per Microsoft, comes with 15 activations’. However, for some customers this is still not good enough, and many insist they will not be purchasing Bioshock2 with DRM no matter how relaxed the restrictions.
Others have also pointed out that 2K’s proposals have actually not changed since last week’s announcement. Elizabeth Tobey then went onto say that this ‘scaling back’ only applies to the digital version. ‘I did not explain anything about Steam because we went back and scaled back what we were doing based on your feedback, and came out today with what was the most we could do. We most definitely changed our SecuROM to be more of what you asked for.’ [Eurogamer]
Remake of Mortal Kombat film coming?
Although Hollywood might have proven time and time again that game-to-film adaptations don’t work (the recent Legend of Chun-Li movies actually won awards for being so terrible), you have to admire their persistance. According to BloodyDisgusting, Warner Brothers are now looking into a remake of one of the worst game-to-film adaptations of all time: Mortal Kombat. Apparently things have got off to a good start however with Warner Bros. having potentially bagged Oren Uziel as script writer. Uziel was responsible for 2009’s Shimmer Lake which made Hollywood’s black list for Best Unproduced Screenplays. [Firstshowing]
PC Assassin's II gets US release date
Ubisoft have given a 13th March release date for Assassin’s Creed II on the PC. No word yet on a European release date though - although it shouldn’t be that long after. Ubisoft are calling the PC version a Director’s Cut and have stated that it will come complete with both bits of DLC: Bonfire of the Vanities and The Battle for Forli. To make sure your machine is up to it, follow this link check out the PC requirements (let’s just hope Ubisoft managed to make a decent port). [Gamerrss]