'Spore' Username Restriction Lifting, Helping Families Of Fans

Earlier this week Multiplayer outlined the major user complaints regarding the restrictions placed by EA on hit PC game "Spore." The post broke the news that EA plans to lift one criticized restriction: the limit on the number of computers one copy of the game can be installed on in its lifetime.

Via Kotaku, we've got word that EA is lifting another restriction. The game's executive producer, Lucy Bradshaw, has told fans that multiple gamers will soon be able to play "Spore" with separate profiles and their own unique listing of Sporepedia content. This appears to alleviate the complaint that a family that purchased a copy of "Spore" wouldn't be able to have, for example, a father and daughter each play under their own names, with their own buddies and their own personalized array of Internet-connected "Spore" content.

Here's Bradshaw:

We are going to add the ability to have multiple Spore Screen Names for any one Spore Online Account. Here’s how this will work: for each copy of Spore that you have purchased, you will be able to have one Spore Online Account, just as it is now. However, we will be adding the ability to have five Spore Screen Names for that account. When you launch Spore, you will be able to log in with any of those Screen Names.

The content that is made and the MySpore Page will be associated with the logged in Screen Name for that account. Each Screen Name will be able to view and create content, Buddy Lists and Sporecasts that will be tied to that Screen Name.

For more, check out the EA forums.