Ubisoft's DRM No Longer Requires Constant Internet Access on Some Titles

By Brian Leahy, Jan 04, 2011 4:00pm PST Ubisoft has confirmed to Shacknews that the always-on DRM in a few of its PC titles has been patched out, including Assassin's Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction. The Ubisoft representative reminded us that this was done on a case-by-case basis and that from the beginning the company had said it might patch the DRM out at some point.

New games, however, may still ship with the always-on DRM, Ubisoft confirmed to Shacknews.

Users on Reddit are reporting that the PC versions of Assassin's Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction, previously infected with Ubisoft's always-on DRM, no longer require a constant connection to the Internet to be played (via PC Gamer)

Now, the games will supposedly only check legitimacy over the Internet every time the game is launched, but can then be played offline. It's not quite hassle free, but it's certainly better than having to maintain a constant connection or suffer an interruption in gameplay, especially in singleplayer campaigns.

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  • Too little, too late.

    Sorry Ubi, insisting on online verification from your servers every time I want to play a game just isn't on.

    Just because this is 'less bad', it doesn't mean it's OK.

    It's the principle. I've paid for a product, I expect to be able to use it without asking your permission first. Here are five

    1 - Can I resell the game?

    2 - Can I lend it to a friend?

    3 - Can I install it on whatever machine I own? As many times as I like? Without calling your support guys to get extra activations?

    4 - Will I still be able to play the game ten years from now on an old rig, the same way I do Thief and Morrowind?

    5 - Can I install on my laptop and play on a train?

    If you cannot answer 'yes' to all of these, then frankly I'm not interested. A product where a legal, paying customer has to jump through hoops after paying for the privilege is an inferior one to the free variety that pirates enjoy, and I don't see why I should be made to jump through said hoops for doing the right thing.

    You know what the best DRM is? Add value to the legal versions. Printed maps, glossy manuals, art books, 'Making of' DVDs, soundtracks...

    Make games a real 'product', the way they used to be, instead of cutting things down to the bone, selling us cheap ephemeral digital crud with pdf manuals, ripping us off and generally treating us like criminals doesn't endear you to us, the guys who pay your salaries.



  • I think for many people, the problem with DRM is that they feel like they are renting a game instead of buying it (for the price of buying). When a remote server decides if you are allowed to play your game or not, who can blame them? There is no guaranty you'll be able to play the game, even if you have a working internet connection, as long as Ubisoft maintains control via DRM. They could turn off their server at any time. Ubisoft is basically asking customers to trust them with access to games that were paid for, while saying we don't trust you to the customer.