From the pc blowout article:
So, we can reinstall on the same PC after a windows wipe after we've already installed, but no guarantee of installation on new PCs or whether we have to contact support to re-use a key for reinstallation. My questions:What does the internet activation entail? Why do you have it?
It's an anti-piracy measure that we unfortunately have to implement to curb illegal game distribution as best we can. It's a one time check and then you're done.
Can you play the game if you have to reinstall windows after you have installed it once?
Yes, this is possible.
1) is the code tied to the hardware once it's used once, (as referred to here)
preventing us from installing on a new or upgraded machine?
2) if not, is there going to be low limit of say 2 or 3 uses before the key becomes 'blocked'
3) what hoops will we have to go through to get further activations of the code - phone support to get a new one?
The reason I ask is there are two models of online key prevention. One only kicks in after a key is used many. many times over a short space of time, with 'regeneration' if the key isn't used for a time. The other kicks in restrictions after a key is used only a few times, or even once.
Microsoft OEM keys tied to a motherboard are an example of the latter that would be simply unacceptable for a game. Given the issues some people are having with activation - their key simply doesn't work - I'm wondering if perhaps their key has already triggered this 'overuse' limit because of their many failed attempts to activate.
My pre-order likely won't arrive until friday; I need to send it back sealed if I'm after a full refund. I simply daren't open it and install it if clarification isn't forthcoming on how restrictive activation is going to be in the future.