I hope this news means that an Official Linux Client is coming as well.
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Does this mean Arc for Mac as well? If PC users are going to be required to use it...
I keep seeing this said but it's not a requirement here or in NW. They just make it the default way of downloading a new client, which isn't the ONLY way to get a client. Just the most obvious one.
And Cryptic was doing that under Atari too, working with partner companies who bundled their software with the game client.
If you install off a disc or the right third party site, I don't think there's anything that's indicating that you'll NEED ARC.
And even then if it were required, why panic about ARC? It's a small extra bit of hard disk space. Is PWE less trustworthy than Steam? Why would you think that? If you don't trust PWE with your credit card and analytics data, I'd think you'd be best off not playing STO even without ARC.
Also... I'll give you one reason why I'd doubt they'd go ARC mandatory. They JUST worked out a deal with Steam in the last year or so and I can't see launching ARC from Steam.
I could absolutely see them requiring ARC for new installations of the game downloaded from PWE but that's not the same as it being mandatory for all users since you could always get a disc or use another frontend like Amazon or Steam.