Darkspore, EA’s Sci-Fi action RPG, has been hit by a game breaking bug which the company admits is unlikely to be fixed.
The game makes use of the contentious always-on DRM scheme which means that users have to be connected to play the game, even in single player. When the EA servers get busy users are hit with Error 73003, meaning that they cannot play the game at all, Playerattack reports.
Maxis, the developers, have admitted that the game is no longer being developed with an official statement saying, “Error has gone unfixed. Likelihood of it being fixed is zero.” The game has now been pulled from Steam but remains on the Origin store.
This bug is bad enough but it seems that the game has developed another one, Error 3. This problem seems to revolve around editing existing characters and activating new ones. Posts on the official forum seem to suggest that this bug is server-wide, meaning that it affects all players.
Darkspore isn’t the first game to be hit with DRM problems like this. Both Sim City and Diablo 3 suffered with bugs on their release, testing many players’ patience.