If you plan on exploring the "Fallout: New Vegas" strip legally on your PC and don't have a Steam account, you'd better make some changes in your life by the time the game arrives this November. Bethesda has confirmed that PC copies will need to be activated via Steam, thereby utilizing the DRM-related protective measures come with such a move.
"Yes. 'Fallout: New Vegas' will fully utilize the Steamworks SDK," Bethesda Softworks senior producer Jason Bergman said in a question-and-answer post on the Bethesda Softworks Forums. "This means that retail PC copies will activate via Steam. We are also using Steam for achievements and other features (but not multiplayer, of course. FNV remains a single player only game)."
At first glance, this doesn't look like it will be a huge issue for PC gamers. At the very least it doesn't sound like they'll be going to the lengths that "Assassin's Creed 2" and "Command and Conquer 4" did. Still, it's a tougher stance than Blizzard appears to have right now.
Personally, I think activation systems like this are the way to go, just so long as you keep the activation framework in place down the line for people who buy games several years after they come out. A response near the bottom of the page indicates that the "New Vegas" precautions should be pretty user-friendly in the scheme of things.
"[Y]ou can install the game on as many systems as you want (with no restrictions!), and you do not have to be online to play the game after your initial activation," the post reads. "Not only that, but once the game has activated on Steam, you can throw out the game DVD entirely and just download the game over Steam. If you don’t even have a DVD drive, you can just take the CD-Key from the box, enter it into Steam, and download it without ever using the disc at all."
Sounds fine by me!
Do you think Bethesda made the right choice to require "New Vegas" activation through Steam? Do you plan on picking the game up for PC? Share your responses in the comment section below.