Ubisoft scales back 'always on' DRM for some titles

By on January 4, 2011, 9:00 AM
Ubisoft caught some serious flak from the gaming community last year over its controversial DRM scheme, which saw some of its titles requiring constant authentication with the company’s servers in order to play them – even in single player mode. Even more so gamers were up in arms when those servers inevitably crashed and kept many customers from playing legally purchased copies of games such as Assassin's Creed 2 and Silent Hunter 5.

Acknowledging these concerns Ubisfot scrapped the system for the release of the PC version of real-time strategy game RUSE, developed by Eugen Systems, and now it seems that they are taking some retroactive steps to scale back their anti-piracy system and make it less annoying. Although Ubisoft has not issued an official announcement, users began noticing that a constant and uninterrupted online connection was no longer necessary in Assassin's Creed 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction after a patch was deployed over the holiday week. We’ll see if other of their PC titles follow suit.


Users are still required to have an Internet connection to authenticate when the game boots, though. Ubisoft had previously stated that its DRM would still be used most of its in-house PC games, so we’re not sure of they’re backing down on their plans or simply lowering restrictions on games that pass a certain age, as TheSixthAxis suggests.




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mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

DRM is still a massive waste of resources. To be truly effective you have to punish your honest customers, and if you are willing to do that then you don't deserve customers.

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

i don't really understand whats the point of this DRM ..

- the games still got cracked

- people still download them and play

- legit players used cracks to get rid of the DRM

.......... stil fails

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

ahmed90 said:

i don't really understand whats the point of this DRM ..

- the games still got cracked

- people still download them and play

- legit players used cracks to get rid of the DRM

.......... stil fails

There's probably a fat-cat in a suit sitting in a plush leather chair in the corner office of some high-rise building mandating the DRM on all the released titles just because his brother-in-law sells the DRM software. It is selling because this is what customers want, so the only logical conclusion is that it must benefit somebody in the business.

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

9Nails said:

There's probably a fat-cat in a suit sitting in a plush leather chair in the corner office of some high-rise building mandating the DRM on all the released titles just because his brother-in-law sells the DRM software. It is selling because this is what customers want, so the only logical conclusion is that it must benefit somebody in the business.

so true i lol'd xD

to be honest if the game makers listened to the gaming communities thy can make wayway better games and wayway more honest players and a real honest fans..

fail.. money money money

princeton princeton said:

I'm leaning towards angry gamers burning the servers. Not them "choosing" to remove it :P.

edison5do said:

princeton said:

I'm leaning towards angry gamers burning the servers. Not them "choosing" to remove it :P.

DRM it's just a piece of junk, They should problably sell the PC version over Steam, maybe that way it could get better for customers, maybe not for the brother in law.... Lol

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Don't know if it had much to do with it but there was a large thread boycotting the game on steam when it was on sale because of the intrusive DRM. Could be coincidence.

hitech0101 said:

All DRM did was delay the game to be in pirate bay for about 2 months before cracked version came up.How do these geniuses come up with brilliant ideas like DRM such waste of money & damage of reputation among gaming community.

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

hitech0101 said:

All DRM did was delay the game to be in pirate bay for about 2 months before cracked version came up.How do these geniuses come up with brilliant ideas like DRM such waste of money & damage of reputation among gaming community.

2 months ? lol not even close

2 months till thy got a proper all in 1 crack

but in less than 2 weeks people used a virtual DRM server with multi value.db and every body was playing and having fun

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