If you still don’t know it by now, Mass Effect 3 on PC will require that all digital and physical copies of the game run through Origin if they want to play it. Origin, is of course, owned by Electronic Arts, which also owns Mass Effect developer BioWare.
Though that doesn’t mean the game can only be bought exclusively through Origin. The game is available through Origin and other various third-party digital retailers – just not Steam.
Why it’s not available on Steam, you ask? EA’s response is,they deem Valve’s Steam to be “a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.”
Speaking of Origin, one thing Mass Effect fans shouldn’t worry about is the subject of the game’s DRM. Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson made this clear during an interview with CVG.
I think that the people who try Mass Effect 3 on Origin will realise that it’s not an intrusive DRM scheme. It’s just a way for you to sign up for the online services that you’re going to get on an ongoing basis through Mass Effect 3.
Just like you get with any other kind of online digital distribution, or multiplayer or whatever. It’s not something that requires you to always be online – you can play Mass Effect 3 offline.
Well, there you have it. So, don’t worry Mass Effect 3 PC fans, the game will only require a one-time authorization and then you can install, uninstall the game to your heart’s content.