Raji Developers Remove DRM Due to 'Unacceptable' Playability Problems

Published: October 20, 2020 3:34 PM /


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The Raji DRM has proved to be a little too troublesome for some players — some of them were completely unable to play the game. As a result, Nodding Heads Games has removed the DRM from the game entirely.

Raji: An Ancient Epic is exactly what it says on the tin: an epic story about ancient myths. This new title from Nodding Heads Games has the titular heroine Raji witnessing her brother getting kidnapped by demons. She is subsequently blessed with powers by the war goddess Durga as she heads off to confront the demon king Mahishasura.

It's certainly an interesting story, but Raji was plagued by demons of a different sort: digital rights management. While many (if not most) new games launch with some kind of DRM and that DRM occasionally causes problems, the issues with the Raji DRM created what the developers called "an unacceptable situation."

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Why Was the Raji DRM Removed?

DRM can sometimes cause problems with a game, but the issues with Raji were apparently quite severe this time around. In fact, some players were completely unable to play the game, owing to a "‘[Cord] Game load failed" error that rendered the game unable to launch.

[Looking] at the feedback of our community, we saw that there were too many players that had purchased the game and were unable to play it - an unacceptable situation to everyone who works on the game," read a Steam Community news post from the developers. "Then, we also had the players that for personal reasons extremely dislike DRM due to the reputation and nature of it, something that we have nothing against at all, after all, we are gamers at heart as well and can understand some of the sentiments behind it."

Acknowledging that DRM is a "sensitive topic," Nodding Heads Games explained that they'll be remedying this situation by removing the Raji DRM entirely to prevent any further issues. Despite these problems, the developer had one particular point of pride: their DRM has no impact on the game's performance whatsoever.

Either way, that's a non-issue — the DRM has been removed as of today's update. This update also fixes a number of other issues that were not evident in pre-launch testing. While Nodding Heads Games says that it used more than 40 different hardware and software configurations for testing, the launch of this title showed that some players had other issues which have hopefully been resolved as of this patch.

For now, Raji: An Ancient Epic is still in its launch week so you have some time left to get it at a discount. You have a little less than two days to buy Raji: An Ancient Epic on Steam for $22.49 or your regional equivalent, a 10% discount off of its normal price.

What do you think of Raji's developers removing DRM from its game after players reported problems? Does the inclusion of DRM make you reconsider purchasing a game? Let us know in the comments below!

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