Remedy Entertainment's New Weird smash-hit Control launched to generally positive reviews and received good feedback from fans, but now the developer has decided to implement DRM measures as well as getting rid of the game's default offline mode.
Initially, players could launch Control directly from the installation folder, thus avoiding the Epic Store entirely - which the game is exclusive to - but Update 1.04 got rid of that entirely. Fans are, as one would imagine, not too happy about this development.
The original Reddit source claims that the introduction of online-only, Epic-only DRM wasn't announced anywhere, and that players who wish to continue playing Control offline must avoid updating to the latest version of the game.
In many cases, developers opt to remove DRM measures a few months after the game's launch, but it seems that Remedy and the publisher, 505 Games, have decided to take the opposite approach this time around. There's no word yet on what drove this decision forward, though it was odd that the game would launch outside of the Epic Launcher interface.
Control is not done yet, either. Remedy Entertainment has got a substantial post-launch content schedule in place, with the first major content update coming before the end of the year. A few weeks back we caught word about some details of the exclusivity deal that Remedy signed with Epic, more on which you can read here at Game Watcher.