Elemental is DRM free. The beta patches require internet so they can make minor changes without staging a new download. If you don't like that aspect then don't participate in the beta patches.
Release versions have never and never will require internet connection.
There is no added DRM.. not sure why your freaking out so much. But take a breather.. get informed, and maybe then you wouldn't make misinformed rants with vulgarities.
To repeat Elemental is DRM free.. and will be. Beta patches are simply tethered for ease of changes(this isn't new either.. last round of beta patches had the same thing.. which you participated in and didn't say shit about it then)... and that aspect will be removed on the release version of the patch. (1.2)
oh and btw.. fuck you too, ignorant piss ant who won't even take the time to find out what your issue is before you jump to the assumption that its evil stardock adding DRM and post a misinformed inflammatory rant. They could add DRM.. but they haven't and won't.. and yet you still freak out when you don't even know wtf your talking about.
Every time i see a post like this it makes me wish they would have an IQ test in order to download the GD beta patches. There are plenty of legit gripes to have with the game... but bitching about non existent DRM is beyond retarded.