Ubisoft Offers Free Goodies as Compensation for PC DRM Downtime

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 26, 2010 6:32am PDT Ubisoft is offering goodies including free games and downloadable content to gamers affected by the denial of service attack against its DRM authentication servers which left many unable to play Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin's Creed 2 on PC, Kotaku reports.

Some gamers are being offered a choice of Prince of Persia, Tom Clancy's HAWX, Tom Clancy's EndWar or Heroes Over Europe for free, while others are receiving the three Assassin's Creed 2 bonus quests previously exclusive to its Special Edition. Kotaku speculates that the peace offering is different for those who already own the SE.

Ubisoft's controversial new DRM solution requires players to authenticate with Ubisoft's DRM servers and be online at all times, pausing their game should they go offline. The DoS attacks overwhelmed the authentication servers, leaving many unable to play.

The DRM is now used in Silent Hunter 5, Assassin's Creed 2 and The Settlers 7. According to Ubisoft, it has yet to be properly cracked.

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  • PARIS - At a press conference held this afternoon, Ubisoft Entertainment SA (NASDAQ: UBI) announced that all new copies of their popular Digital Rights Management (DRM) brand, Ubisoft Online Services Platform, will ship with a free PC game.

    "We are thrilled to be providing this exclusive service to our loyal DRM customers," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said. "After all, who doesn't love a free game?"

    Guillemot explained that beginning this week, customers taking home a copy of Online Services Platform can find a copy of Settlers VII with their purchase. "It's right there on the disc," he added. "No need to download anything."

    He continued to state that Ubisoft has actually been quietly bundling other games with Online Services Platform for some time. "Silent Hunter V, Assassin's Creed II -- all the latest in PC entertainment, have been going out free to our fans for the last month. Soon they might even find Splinter Cell: Conviction inside a copy of Online Services Platform."

    "It's just our way of saying 'thank you' for making us the most trusted name in DRM on the market today." When asked whether Ubisoft's efforts had in fact saved PC gaming, Guillemot responded simply, "Yes."

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