Ubisoft Unveils New PC DRM Requiring Online Connection To Play (Updated)

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 26, 2010 10:00am PST Update: Ubisoft has sent over an FAQ with more details (below) including a promise that should the service be stopped, games would be patched to remain playable.

Original: Developer and publisher Ubisoft's new PC DRM solution will feature no CD checks or installation limits and pack support for 'cloud' online saved game storage but will require players be online to authenticate before playing, GameSpy reveals.

Players will be required to login to their Ubi.com account to authenticate each and every time they wish to play--and there will be no support at all for offline play.

"We think most people are going to be fine with it. Most people are always connected to an Internet connection," said Ubisoft director of customer support Brent Wilkinson.

The DRM platform will debut with the closed beta test of Blue Byte city-building strategy The Settlers 7. "Most upcoming Ubisoft PC games" will make use of the platform, though GameSpy says not all will support cloud saves.

What are the key elements of this platform for PC gamers?
Although a permanent online connection is required, this means that a CD/DVD is not required to play the game after installation. The protected game can be installed as many times and on as many computers as you like. Saved games are also synchronized online so the user can continue playing from any location with the game installed.

How many players can the server system support?
There is no limit to how many players can play at the same time. For each title, we carefully study the demand and allocate servers accordingly. We will also of course allocate back-up servers in order to be able to respond to fluctuations in demand. Ubisoft provides 24/7 monitoring of its servers.

How many computers can I install the game on?
There is no limit to the number of computers on which you can install the game. However you can only play with your individual Ubisoft account on one computer at a time.

Can I play my game from another computer?
Yes. As long as the game is installed on the PC, you can play from any computer and your Ubisoft account will recognise your last saved position as well as automatically save any updates.

I am in a strict environment with lots of firewall rules etc. Can I still play the game?
If you can access the Internet from the computer, you can play the game.

What if Ubisoft decides not run these online services in the future? Will my game stop working?
If any service is stopped, we will create a patch for the game so that the core game play will not be affected.

What will happen if I lose my Internet connection when I play the game?
If you lose your Internet connection the game will pause while it tries to reconnect. If the Internet Connection is unable to resume you can continue the game from where you left off or from the last saved game.

Will I need to be online the whole time when I play the game? Including for single player?
Yes. You will need to have an active Internet connection to play the game, for all game modes.

Will this platform use unique keys?
Yes. Unique keys are verified throughout this system.

Will this affect the performance of my PC?
No. The services that we offer run only when you start the game and there are no background services.

Do you have to be a member of Uplay to use this service platform?
This system requires you to have a Ubi.com account. A Uplay and a Ubi.com account are the same. You don't need to use Uplay to use this service platform, but if you wish to do so, it's very simple.

Do you plan to implement this system on home consoles?
This system is for PCs only.

Will this system be available for every Ubisoft game?
Most upcoming Ubisoft PC games will make use of this system.

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  • When people are going to start thinking about themselves? They treat customers like shit and they blame piracy.Piracy has nothing to do with anything.I have hundreds of games i have bought,some even 2 or even 3 times(to give as presents or to buy the special edition) that i had played before.Why ? Because i thought the game was good and i wanted to have it in my library and i wanted to help the people that made the game.IF I did NOT HAVE THE MONEY I WOULD NOT BUY THOSE GAMES NO MATTER THE DRM METHOD BECAUSE FOR GOD'S FUCKING SHAKE I WOULD NOT HAVE THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BUT I REFUSE TO BUY SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE NOT PLAYABLE AFTER 1-2-3,5 OR 10 OR MORE YEARS. THERE ARE PROGRAMS LIKE DOSBOX ,VIRTUAL PC OR HACKS LIKE IMAGECFG ETC...THAT MAKES OLD GAMES PLAYABLE ON NEW SYSTEMS...BUT WITH THOSE FUCKING SCHEMES SOME ASSHOLES DO GAMES WOULD BE UNPLAYABLE AFTER A FEW YEARS...

  • WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THE GAMING INDUSTRY ????
    They talk all the time about piracy but treat the people that actually buy their games like SHIT

    WHEN I buy a game i want to be treated like a respectable customer.I want to have the game on my library proud of it on DISPLAY AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PLAY IT EVERYWHERE -because its crazy thinking that people everywhere have broadband connection.ALSO WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 2-3-5 OR 10 YEARS LATER WHEN I WANT TO REPLAY THAT GAME ?
    I THROUGH IT LIKE USED MILK ??
    I HAVE GAMES IN MY LIBRARY that are over 15 years old and can still be played either with a patch or an emulator like dosbox or virtual pc.
    How the FUCK are those going to work when after 5 years the company that made the game will be no more and the game would be a worthless coffee MAT ?
    BIG FUCK YOU ASSHOLES FOR KILLING THE PC GAMING AND BLAMING IT ON PIRACY




























  • Yeah. Add another to the list of people who would never buy a single-player/offline-game that requires a permanent internet connection.

    My router goes down occasionally. I travel. I move fairly frequently, sometimes my new home has a connection set up and sometimes it doesn't. These are all the times I'm more than happy to load up titles like Portal, Torchlight, Burnout Paradise, and Morrowind - All bought on Steam, actually.

    I suppose I'll just have to consider this any time I think of buying something with Ubisoft's logo. No thank you.


  • Oh FFS... When are PC users going to stop crying about being legitimate and developers having it in for them? They are at least trying something to justify the effort of making PC versions of their games, I don't completely agree with the approach as it seems a bit over the top to be always online, a connection is not 100% guaranteed for a home user and we're not all American. Secondly all this shit for PC users adds to the cost of supporting it, yet PC games are cheaper then consoles, that pisses me off more then anything.

    Having an account and requiring me to validate when I start playing is a given for an online system and making sure I'm up to date would be a simple and useful solution for the bullshit of patching on a PC. Hackers will crack that but fuck the hackers, they'll have to patch the game themselves and hack the patch and waste time being wankers instead of playing the game. Good DRM makes sure an avg PC user is kept honest without raping the people who pay for stuff.

    If you have purchased the game then you have nothing to worry about, its yours, you may have a disc or the DLC, you'll have an account so the things that would be painful have been addressed, if the service is to go offline they'll patch the game. I'd be more concerned about people hacking my account so I have no access to my game then anything else.