Submitted by Nitrowolf2 540d ago | news

Sony Adds DRM To The Last of Us Demo, Unlocks April 17th With Multiplayer?

PGN - Seems that some people out there have already gotten early copies of God of War: Ascension, and for those who were hoping to try out the Last of Us Demo you may have to wait until next month to actually play it.

Online Pass also confirmed for Ascension, though is the standard for Sony multiplayer titles now. (image in story) (PS3, The Last Of Us)

animegamingnerd  +   540d ago
why does a demo need DRM?
Nitrowolf2  +   540d ago
It's most likely a multiplayer demo rather than a SP demo like we thought.
T3MPL3TON  +   540d ago
"Trusting" people has led to exactly what the current "distrust" is about. If there are loopholes, people will find it and thus cost them money and a cash pool to draw from for the next big project.

What is the big deal? You accept the TOS and move on. This anti-TOS and anti-DRM attitude of the gaming public only PROVES that they are necessary."

I bet you work for one of these companies don't you? News flash. DRM was designed to get rid of piracy. It hasn't and it wont. You want people to stop stealing games? Make them cheaper and make them better. Why should anyone pay for a sub par experience at all ever. If I go to a restaurant and the food is crappy. I get a refund. If I buy a product and it's crappy. I get a refund. Unless that product is a video game. I am expected to just accept a sh*t game and move on. No thanks. That's not how the world works. You want pirates to stop? Give them a reason to. It's a really just that simple. DRM does nothing but make people pirate a cracked version of the game. The problem is DRM not pirates.
RumbleFish  +   540d ago
And I don't like this "It's OK to be under control attitude".
DRM hurts the honest customer only. Pirates will allways find ways to do their thing.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   540d ago
T3mpl3ton has it right. I blows my mind that some gamers and corporations think it's alright that other people who are dis-satisfied with their products cannot return them. If I buy a vacuum cleaner that doesn't work I can return it, but if I buy a game that doesn't work, I'm expected to just take. Fat chance.
thorstein  +   540d ago
Technically, all timed Demos would fall under the DRM category as it is a Digital Rights Management. Of course, also technically speaking an online pass code is DRM as well. Is this DRM like what we are seeing with games that require "always on" or always have game disc inserted? That is what I would want to know.
pixelsword  +   540d ago
I thought Sony closed all of the holes; but since they have to do this, then they obviously haven't closed all of the holes.
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Godmars290  +   540d ago
Probably to test the waters. Get people use to them doing such on everything.

Might be out of left field, but corporations needs to lose their "people" status. More so when they do crap like this: automatically looks at the worst in actual people. Dehumanizes through mistrust.
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Nitrowolf2  +   540d ago
I'm excited actually, but I really really really hope it's not an Uncharted multiplayer clone. I want to see how they'll translate this game SP feel into the MP. I'm more interested in the SP, but still.
LOGICWINS  +   540d ago
^^I think the game will have a versus mode, but it would be a one-hit/one-shot kill. This would force people to embrace the stealth mechanics/constant tension of TLOU. I don't think ND would be stupid enough to create a guns blazing/fast paced versus suite like Uncharted.
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Hitman0769  +   540d ago
de ja vu . hopefully something cool comes of all this.
TRGMatt  +   540d ago
"Trusting" people has led to exactly what the current "distrust" is about. If there are loopholes, people will find it and thus cost them money and a cash pool to draw from for the next big project.

What is the big deal? You accept the TOS and move on. This anti-TOS and anti-DRM attitude of the gaming public only PROVES that they are necessary.
NukaCola  +   540d ago
I want a mode where you have 4 vs four in a warehouse with clickers and all you have is what you pick up. The goal is to reach a package in the center and you can use bottles etc to distract the enemies and also lure clickers towards them and away from you. So many possibilities.
pixelsword  +   540d ago
@ crush:

Then why should we trust corporations when they don't trust us?

Why believe the Killzone: Shadow Fall demo is legit?

Why pre-order?

Why support a brand?

All of those things implies a degree of trust; and if trusting us made problems for them, guess what the opposite suggests?

What about the price dropping for software, videos and music once they were put on CD's, and now, directly downloadable media? That never happened.

So no: if anyone doesn't trust their customer, then don't ask for pre-orders, or to believe anything they say about their game (we'll leave that to game critics, we know how fair they can be when judging games on a console they don't like), and don't ask for fans, ever.

Although I like both companies, I don't pull punches for Microsoft for charging for XBL, and I sure ain't gonna give Sony any slack because it's our RIGHT to have one back-up copy of any media we purchase.
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cloud495  +   540d ago
Maybe so people don't game share it? Because then people don't have to buy GOW: Ascension to play the demo.

But most likely a Beta or something to do with the multiplayer mode. U2 and U3 had a beta so TLOU probably will too. And U2 beta was bundled in with Infamous.
SilentNegotiator  +   540d ago
A need to keep its exclusivity to buyers of GOW:A? Multiplayer beta?? Don't bring logic in here! Sony is the devil and is about to deploy always-on DRM for every game!!! /s
mandf  +   540d ago
almost missed the s for sarcasm
kevnb  +   540d ago
there is already drm on everything in a console. They are just adding more for no reason.
Ju  +   540d ago
What's DRM for consoles anyway? You can't share those, can you?

Could it be, that this is actually the full game and the demo only "unlocks" the a couple of parts. So, if you buy the online pass / license you don't need to download again? Just asking...works with timed trials...
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TOGC  +   540d ago
Got my review copy of the game today, I can confirm that this is true. *Also, online pass for God of War: Ascension*
Nitrowolf2  +   540d ago
That's old news, every PS3 Sony game with online has online pass.
ginsunuva  +   540d ago
You did not get a last of us review copy this early.
Nitrowolf2  +   540d ago
he didn't say that, he said he got God of War: Ascension review copy
KwietStorm  +   540d ago
Walker  +   540d ago
wishingW3L  +   540d ago
majiebeast  +   540d ago
Maybe its a multiplayer beta.
Nitrowolf2  +   540d ago
exactly what I think.
Qrphe  +   540d ago
The most logical answer, yet we'll have those speculating regardless.
user7693958  +   540d ago
sounds good to me! I have my GOWA copy paid.. and I'm getting TLOU
StrawberryDiesel420  +   540d ago
I hope this game has a scary co op horde type mode, something darker and more mature than Uncharted's co op modes. Surviving those creatures with limited ammo and baseball bats with a friend on a dark map would be pretty nice.
SonyNGP  +   540d ago
Well this freakin' sucks. Give me a single-player demo!
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   540d ago
We're all going to buy it when the full games released anyway ^_^
Hellsvacancy  +   540d ago
Well im renting God Of War, im not bothered about the multiplayer

I shall defo buy The Last of Us
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   540d ago
I'm talking about The Last Of Us.
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WildArmed  +   540d ago
On the bright side, you won't spoil any of the awesome SP :)
ziggurcat  +   540d ago
it's not DRM if it's not going to be available until the 17th of april.

seems like the author is just trolling for hits.
Nitrowolf2  +   540d ago
You need an online connection other wise you can't play(the demo option dissapears offline). They added at the end of their article stating that it may be a multiplayer demo rather than a single player like was expected. And yeah, that is a form of DRM. There are many different kinds of them from always online, to limited access, to even placed bugs for pirated titles.
DRM is just as it is "Digital Restriction Management"
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Hicken  +   540d ago
Is this much different from, say, preloading a game on PC? You get all the info before the game releases, but you can't actually PLAY it until release date.

Now, if it still requires an online connection AFTER April 17th, then you can call it DRM. Until then, it's little different from buying a ticket to a movie but not being able to watch it yet because it hasn't started showing yet.
coolasj  +   540d ago
What if the demo is not even on the disc itself? And it will be a download from PSN. Then, it wouldn't be DRM.
SonyWarrior  +   540d ago
DRM stands for Digital Rights Management.... you lost all credibility
TOGC  +   540d ago

From the wiki page "maintain that the use of the word "rights" is misleading and suggest that people instead use the term "digital restrictions management"

360ICE  +   540d ago
Mentally challenged much?
CapsLocke  +   540d ago
rajman  +   540d ago
I was so excited when I got the game, was looking forward to playing the Last of Us demo before I started GOW...but then I saw this:
kingPoS  +   540d ago
A time release demo, that's a concept that I haven't heard of before.

More suffering the agony of wait.... Ahhhhhhhh!
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KiD_d  +   540d ago
Yeah, got our promo copies today, and for us it seems like it's the same system Capcom used with Dogma/RE6 Demo.

and since that, i thinkin why the hell i need gow now? xD
LAWSON72  +   540d ago
I really hate the game industry. What is the point of drm on a free demo? Oh, thats right to get people used to shitty business tactics. If this is the idea for first party exclusives then the ps4 exclusives are going to lose sales and popularity as people realize they cannot buy them used unless they pay extra $10-15. In an industry with this idea new ips are doomed to fail. No average gamer is going to buy a new game they may not like when a new call of duty, etc are the same price and you are more likely familiar with and more likely to enjoy.
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Zechs34  +   540d ago
It's not DRM. The reason you need to be online when the demo releases is because that's how the demo will be activated and issued to rightful consumers.

If its single player then you should be able to download it and play offline.

If its a beta (IMO it is) then obviously you will need to be online to play.

Either way. It's just something generously additional on top of an already FABULOUS game in GoW:A.

Cannot wait for The Last of Us.
LAWSON72  +   540d ago
You just explained it is drm when you said it isnt. "Issued to rightful consumers" is what drm pretty much is. Without drm i could download demo off internet and probably play it(not sure if possible on ps3 but i can on 360) online or offline.
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Orionsangel  +   540d ago
Oh yeah? You haven't heard THE LAST OF US! Get it? See what I did there? :)
JohnApocalypse  +   540d ago
Jumper09  +   540d ago
I'm going to play the demo next week on my jailbroken PS3 :P Fuck DRM
Pillsbury1  +   540d ago
Can you believe E3 Is only a few months away?! :D
TuxedoMoon  +   540d ago
I would've preferred a single player demo, but I'll accept any demo for this game at this point. Just want to play it...
KingKevo  +   540d ago
That article is stupid. Sony said that the Demo would be available to download at some point after the GoW:A release, sometime in April.

And of course you will need to be online. Why? Well, because Sony already said that the Demo was NOT on the disc of GoW:A. As soon as it is available, when clicking on the The Last of Us Demo in the main menu, you will be forwarded to a special section of the PS Store than can only be entered through GoW:A where you will find the Demo for you to download. So how the hell would that be possible without an internet connection?! I'm sure Naughty Dog didn't even put the final version of the Demo together yet.
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leogets  +   540d ago
its bollox when u have to buy a different IP to gain access to another title.they should give it to people who buy naughty dog titles. really want the last of us but gow is shit to me.very linear, button smashing,forearm achening worthless game..

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