A DVD image of EA’s survival horror game Dead Space has leaked to private torrent trackers and one click hosting sites across the world. The leaked image which is 7.43GB in size, seems to be an untouched clone of the original DVD which has support for multiple languages (English, Russian, Hungary, Czech, Polish).
Pirates who download this release will be able to install the game but will not be able to play the game as it is protected by controversial SecuROM DRM. This is a similar situation to which arose with Far Cry 2, where a Clone DVD of the game got leaked first and then scene group Razor1911 released a modified executable with DRM removed which allowed pirates to play the game without having to activate online. It is highly likely that Dead Space’s DRM too will be cracked soon by a scene group or by a non scene individual such as DarkC0der.
Dead Space comes bundled with SecuRom 7 DRM which was used in previous EA titles such as Spore and Mass Effect. Apart from forcing online activation , SecuROM limits the maximum number of installations available per copy of the game. Sooner or later all these titles got cracked by Scene groups such as RELOADED as well as by individuals such as Darkc0der who released SecuRom free versions of the game. Even legitimate players ended up using the cracked releases due to the controversial nature of SecuROM which ultimately earned EA a class action lawsuit.