You may recall Ubisoft's recent decision to axe StarForce DRM in favor of a new online platform
. The company's online services platform sounded similar to Steam, letting users play from multiple machines without discs -- but it wasn't perfect. The platform required a permanent Internet connection. Needless to say, gamers weren't happy.
Despite disapproval, Ubisoft is pressing on with the technology. CVG has received Assassin's Creed II and Settlers VII for review, and both are laced with the new mechanism
. Granted, being forced to have your machine online is annoying, but the flaws run a bit deeper.
CVG says that if you're disconnected while playing, you're kicked from the game and all progress from the last checkpoint or save is lost. Naturally, this occurs whether your cat unplugs your router, your ISP has issues, or if Ubisoft's servers crash.
Piracy may not be the driving force behind Ubisoft's new platform, but the company has said any initiative that decreases illegal downloads will allow it to pour more cash into the creation and expansion of intellectual properties.
What about the resources wasted in an attempt to prevent the inevitable? We all know that Assassin's Creed II
and other popular titles will hit torrent sites around the same time as retail shelves. Resistance is futile.
Shouldn't companies focus more on rewarding paying customers rather than punishing them for the deeds of a few bad apples?