Harsh DRM always encourages pirates to download copies of a game but it appears Paradox’ approach to making sure there’s a supply of free content could keep the Cities: Skylines pirates away. In case you missed the Tweets from Paradox’s Shams Jorjani at the end of last week, he explained:
“Here are a few small tidbits of info about Cities: Skylines – day 1 we had 0% piracy. pretty cool. Day 2 16%.
“As usual our plan for pirates is to make a great game even better through free updates – making it more convenient to use Steam instead.
“It’s all about offering the superior service. That’s how we bring down piracy. By making the paid experience a superior one.
“Here is Paradox Interactive’s and Princess Leia’s stance on PC piracy:
“It’s all about offering a superior service. How come more and more use Netflix instead of pirating stuff? Ease of use and convenience.
“We updated Magicka 14 times in 13 days. Even the pirates stopped posting new pirated versions after a while. Steams autoupdate was easier.
“Also – best “DRM” ever? Steam workshop.”
All these are great points, and based on what we’ve seen happening in the Steam Workshop since launch with all the community content, pirating the game means you really lose out on the whole experience. Modding is one of the main reasons you would buy Cities: Skylines in the first place.
We’ll have to wait and see what Paradox and CO actually release as “official free updates” once the launch dust has settled.