Q. Can I play Darksiders II while not connected to the Internet?
A. Yes. After you have activated your installation by launching the game once while connected to the Internet, you may restart Steam in “offline mode.” This will allow you to have access to Darksiders II even while not connected to the Internet. Details on how to use offline mode are available on this Steam Support page: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3160-AGCB-2555
Q. Will I need to run Steam every time I want to play Darksiders II?
A. Steam will need to run when you play Darksiders II, but an active Internet connection is not required after the initial installation.
Q. Will Darksiders II use the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system?
A. No, we are not using VAC.
Q. When using offline mode, will I need to periodically reconnect to the Internet?
A. No. Once you switch to offline mode you can stay in that mode indefinitely. The one exception is that if you significantly change your computer’s hardware, you will need to switch to online mode and launch the game once to reactivate the game. There is currently no way for software to tell the difference between a change in hardware and a move to a completely new computer, which is why this occurs and is required.
Q. If I use a personal firewall to block all network traffic to and from the Steam client, will Darksiders II still function?
A. If you have already configured Steam to run in offline mode, then yes. It would cause Steam to function as if you had no Internet connection at all, which works fine once you are in offline mode.
Q. Will things like the steam community be fully integrated into the game's interface or will you be relying on the overlay to provide functionality like chat and friends lists?
A. The in-game browser, friend list, friend invites, and some other features are embedded within the Steam overlay.
Q. What personally identifiable information does Valve collect with Steam?
A. The only information players are required to provide is a valid email address and a password, and to verify they are older than 13 years of age. All other information at registration time is optional. Valve does track the time spent playing a game, per account, but does not collect information about what other processes are running concurrently on the computer. A player’s profile can be set to hidden, which prevents other people from seeing that player’s playtime statistics. These statistics are also recorded while in offline mode, and are transmitted the next time you connect in online mode. Crash logs do sometimes collect extra information such as what processes were running at the time of the crash, and these logs contain your Steam ID for tech support to use.
Q. If I have a game of Darksiders II running on my desktop at home (in online mode) and I log onto Steam on my laptop elsewhere, what happens?
A. Your Steam account at home would become disconnected. Your home machine will not be able to access any online or community features until you reconnect to Steam.
Q. When Steam auto-patches Darksiders II, will my save games still work?
A. Yes. Your save games will remain functional even after having installed the latest patch.
Q. Should I be concerned about where I buy the game from, when it comes to compatibility with future expansions or content?
A. One of the advantages of using Steamworks is that no matter where you buy the game from, you can be sure that it’ll be compatible with any future content released.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of times/computers you can install Darksiders II to?
A. There is no limit to the number of times and different computers on which you can install Darksiders II.
Q. Is it possible to stop Steam from automatically patching Darksiders II?
A. The only way to ensure your game is not updated is to play in offline mode. If you are in online mode your game will be automatically updated.
Q. Will it be possible to make a copy of the installation directory for the purposes of having multiple versions of Darksiders II available to play?
A. No, this will not be possible.
Q. What is the possibility of a version of Darksiders II being released that does not contain Steamworks integration?
A. Much of Darksiders II’s framework is built around Steamworks. There are no current plans to ever release a version without that integration.
Q. What happens if my Steam account is hacked or stolen? Would this enable someone to steal the game from me completely electronically? How would I prove it was stolen?
A. Valve has a support page detailing how to recover a stolen/hijacked Steam account. You will need to provide some sort of proof of ownership of the account. The details can be found at this support page: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2347-QDFN-4366 – note that if Darksiders II is the only game you have registered to your Steam account and you bought a boxed copy, you should be sure to save the original product key to use as proof of ownership.
Q. Do customers need to download or install any other 3rd party program besides Steam to authenticate or install or play Darksiders II?
A. The game will detect and install the required version of DirectX when you launch it for the first time.
Q. I'm having problems launching the game from Steam.
A. If you're experiencing crashes before the game launches or other problems with the game not starting correctly, please verify your local game files in Steam before reporting the issue.
1) Right-click on Darksiders II in your games list.
2) Select "Properties".
3) Under "Local Files" select "Verify Integrity of Game Cache".
4) Wait until the process completes and attempt to launch the game again.