Ubisoft's New PC DRM Really Requires Net Access, Ends Game If Disconnected

By Chris Faylor, Feb 17, 2010 1:20pm PST Ubisoft wasn't kidding when it said that its new digital rights management technique mandates "an active Internet connection to play the game, for all game modes."

Advance copies of the first two games to embrace the new solution--Assassin's Creed II PC and The Settlers 7 PC--recently arrived at PC Gamer, leading to the discovery that the games automatically shut down if temporarily disconnected from the Internet.

In the case of Assassin's Creed II PC, a single-player game, players will lose any progress since the last checkpoint in the event that they briefly lose their connection to Ubisoft's master servers, be it because of client-side or server-side issues.

Other aspects of the new system include a lack of disc checks and installation limited, along with the ability for saved games to be stored in a server-side cloud. "Most upcoming Ubisoft PC games will make use of this system," according to the company, which has also promised to patch in offline support when or if the system shuts down.

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  • The more cynical part of me says this is a deliberate measure they don’t want to sell PC games as it’s not profitable, they want to screw over the PC user base so they can write it off all together and concentrate on the profitable console market. The excuse of piracy is their justification for this.

    I am not saying that games aren’t pirated but I think there has been a gradual shift over the years with the further implementation of more and more hideous DRM leading to an increase in piracy. The increase of a more tech aware youth has most likely helped facilitate this.

    I truly believe now we are in a situation where we are at the tipping point either Developers/Publishers have the balls to say we not going to use DRM, or they write off PC development anything in between is an exercise in futility. There will always be exceptions to this the MMORPGS, and other PC centric games but the golden age of PC gaming is over, console is now King and that makes me sad. I’ve always believed PC gaming was the way forward if you wanted superior controls and graphics, (again notable exceptions here, street fighter etc was made for console gaming), trying to play an FPS on a console though...

    Finally the way in which consoles are becoming more PC like makes me wonder where this heading, we may just go full circle...

    /Rant