Electronic Arts just can’t seem to get a break with their Origin program these days. This time, hackers have shown their distaste for the digital distribution service by finding a way to play Battlefield 3 without even needing to install the required program.
Normally, an installation of Origin is required to play all PC copies of the game, both digital and retail. However, hacker group Razor1911 released a crack program that circumvents the required check for Origin’s presence by replacing the executable file that is already present on the disc.
"This release is dedicated to our fans worldwide who bought this game on [sic] legal way and don't want to install the trojan from Electronic Arts to play online," the group said in a statement regarding the crack.
EA has yet to make a formal response on the matter, but after Germany’s accusation of Origin’s use for “spying” on users, they can’t be feeling too good about themselves right now.