Here’s some bad news for our friends in the “PC Master Race.” S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 ( I hate typing this), the somewhat anticipated sequel to 2007-released S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl, will require an always-on internet connection. Following earlier DRM precedents set by Ubisoft and Blizzard, developer GSC Game World will require PC gamers to keep their rigs connected to the internet to play.
How do they justify this? Well,the head of GSC Game World Sergey Grigorovich, in conversation with a Ukrainian publication ku.ua,
Protection from piracy? Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses. Permanent internet access is required. Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection. Software piracy is an issue for us, we try to fight it, but within reason.
I’m sure the PC gamers are pleased as punch with this little announcement. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, due for release in 2012, will be coming to consoles as well, where they will presumably not have to deal with this issue.