Ubisoft Confirms Controversial New DRM System Being Used for Splinter Cell: Conviction on PC

Softpedia reports that the upcoming Splinter Cell: Conviction was on a list of titles planned to use Ubisoft's controversial new PC DRM system given to PC Gamer by a company representative. Also appearing there are Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and the all new Ghost Recon game in development.


With Assassin's Creed 2 and Settler 7 already known to be using the system as well, Ubisoft appears resolute in its adoption of the new DRM for all PC projects going forward. As part of the comment, the Ubisoft representative said, "it's hard for us to say, yes, from now until the day that we all die all of our games are going to include this but most will."

At the heart of the matter is the requirement of an active connection to the internet, without which the game will not work at all. Serious as the threat piracy poses is, the deluge of responses indicate that such draconian measures miss the mark on two counts. Potential customers put off by the restriction may choose not to buy a game they might otherwise have and hackers inevitably find ways around the protections to steal the game anyway -- a point even the Ubisoft representative was resigned to. [thanks Shacker retarded talking dinosaur for the tip]