Ubisoft scraps always-on DRM, favors one-time activation

By Rick
Sep 5, 2012
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  1. In an interview with RPS, Ubisoft worldwide games director Stephanie Perotti divulged that the company is dropping its infamous always-on DRM strategy. In fact, Ubisoft already quietly euthanized the program a few months ago -- probably following the From Dust...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,526   +830

    No worries, EA will be stepping "up" to always on DRM soon anyway.
    Alvaro likes this.
  3. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 638   +56

    "While it may curb casual copying, studies have shown inconvenient DRM measures may actually increase piracy." - Nooooo, really?! :rolleyes:
  4. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 159   +26

    Maybe I'll actually buy another Ubisoft game after all... I always wanted to play the AC series, but didn't want to drop the cash on any games infected with their "always on" malware.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    Glad to see it. Ubisoft puts out some of the best games and this has been a major detractor for them for quite a while now.

    Now EA needs to do the same. It is a royal pain in the rear when playing Mass Effect 3 or BF3 to have to log-on to their stupid Orion client, then wait for a connection to the EA servers (which fails about 1/3 of the time and you have to start again). It's literally a several minute start-up time just to get to the damn game.

    I don't begrudge gaming companies from trying to protect their products - and curse the jerks who steal games which forces the companies into doing this kind of stuff hurting us legitimate purchasers. But if you're going to have DRM, then do it smart.
  6. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 156   +17

    Well it's too little to late for me, I doubt very much I will ever buy another Ubisoft title. In fact I bought a Ubi game in the last Steam sale without realising it was from Ubisoft, as soon as I installed it and seen their logo I deleted from my hard drive.
  7. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    AC 1 was a joke and boring. AC 2 was the best. AC brotherhood was alright. and by the time you get to AC Revelation you already lost interest in the series. I am not sure how much positive impact AC 3 will have. the AC series is starting to turn into COD I feel.
  8. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Maybe just maybe, Ubisoft has seen the future and found their game sales dwindling.

    Good on you, Ubi.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +102

    But those other ones probably wouldn't exist without the first one :T
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,248   +220

    How is that a malware, explain to me. Yes I hate DRM, oh well actually It never bothered me but it botheres others so that is respectable but honestly how is it a malware.

  11. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    At long last..
  12. bytehakr

    bytehakr TS Rookie

    Until I can buy Ubisoft games DRM-Free and purchase through Steam... WITHOUT an additional activation (Steam should be enough!!), Ubisoft titles continue to be banned in my household. I personally spend more than a thousand $'s on gaming each year, none of which has gone to Ubisoft since Assassin's Creed 1.
  13. backo

    backo TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +8

    I was going to skip AC3, but now I am definitely going to get it. Step in the right direction for Ubisoft.
  14. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 828   +17

    I don't really see that the always on DRM is curbing piracy. With a quick search on a decent torrent or usenet site you and find all the Assassin's Creed games, Mass Effect games, and Battle Field games. Most of them found there way on there withing a couple days of the game being released.
    Sounds like another approach needs to be taken to curbing piracy.
    And as the article says "studies have shown inconvenient DRM measures may actually increase piracy."
    Spore anyone?

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