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Ubisoft Stomps Its Own Always-on DRM
Filed under: UBISOFT, DRM, PC GAMING, PC GAMES

Took them long enough, but publisher Ubisoft finally decided to scrap its much criticized always-on DRM scheme, which frequently caused massive complaints from PC users. Basically, users couldn't log into their PC games without a constant Internet connection and if the connection got lost during the game, players would often be left without saved progress.

Today, Stephanie Perlotti, Ubisoft's worldwide director for online games stated that the company is going to require one-off online activation for their PC games (in addition to no limits on installation and on how many PCs the game can be launched).

"We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline," said Perlotti the Italian football manager (sorry, I just had to write that, even though it sounds ridiculous).

They've already dropped the 'Constant Internet Connection' system a while back, but they've just officially confirmed that they won't be returning to that particular scheme (never say, never, eh?).



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Ftmch Sep 05 2012, 05:38 am EDT
Nice. Might just buy the next Assassins Creed then.
  Vader: See, it's working already :)
Avus Sep 05 2012, 06:10 am EDT
It is a first step for Ubisuck to make better PC game. There are still many steps for them. The next is invest heavy on their "console port" technology.
  Vader: Ubisuck. HA!
barasawa Sep 05 2012, 08:15 am EDT
There goes a huge waste of resources out of their budget. Maybe I'll start buying their games again.
LostPcGamer Sep 05 2012, 08:24 am EDT
That's because most of there pc games are going F2P. It was announced weeks ago.
Breedy_Mcfluff Sep 05 2012, 10:33 am EDT
Looks like Far Cry 3 actually might be worth something on the PC now.
KraGeRzR Sep 05 2012, 02:46 pm EDT
Looks like Ubi's paying customers are going to finally enjoy the same DRM-free experience I've been having with Ubi games for years already...

There was never enough facepalm to palm this face.
Terminator Sep 05 2012, 05:46 pm EDT
I'm glad Ubisoft came to their senses. I might buy Assassin's Creed 2 now!
Dean_Demon Sep 05 2012, 07:44 pm EDT
Yeah until next time or some other way they can screw our gaming experiences up.
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