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Prince of Persia Retail Copies DRM-free, Says Ubisoft

The retail PC version of Ubisoft's Prince of Persia, released to stores this week, is entirely devoid of any DRM or copy-protection code according to Ubisoft community manager Chris "UbiRazz" Easton.

"A lot of people complain that DRM is what forces people to pirate games but as PoP PC has no DRM we'll see how truthful people actually are," said Easton in a post on the Ubisoft forums. "Not very, I imagine."

Easton later clarified that only the retail copies will be devoid of DRM: "I was purely talking about store-bought copies of PoP which have no copy protection."

Ubisoft faced two significant DRM-related backlashes this year. The PC port of Assassin's Creed was widely criticized for its DRM that apparently "phoned home," with some claiming that the copy-protection software was behind performance issues. In July, a patch that rendered the PC version of Rainbow Six Vegas 2 unusable saw Ubisoft releasing a no-CD crack, produced by a warez group, as an official fix.

Thanks to Shacker Spartan for the tip.

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    December 11, 2008 2:00 PM

    That's a smart move.

    You can blame the pirates like this even more. If your game doesn't sell well, you can say: "See, that's why we need DRM".

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      December 11, 2008 2:01 PM

      Although I feel the urge to buy it just to show them that it was a good decision. But I'm out of money.

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        December 11, 2008 3:45 PM

        So first you wryly mock the motives behind them doing this, those devilishly smart greedy corporations them. Always trying to outdo those happy-go-lucky pirates, as if they were stealing or something.

        But then you can neither fault their logic, nor put your money where your mouth is...

        Because you have no money.

        TL;DR... You're going to pirate this aren't you.

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      December 11, 2008 2:30 PM

      Didn't Sins of a Solar Empire sell very well even though it was DRM-free? Also, the main argument against DRM seems to be that the game is normally cracked before the its even released so it seems that Ubisoft is just getting ahead of everyone else in the anti-DRM movement by realziing this(wishful thinking but I'm being positive today)
      Anyway, I'll be buying this. My mild interest in it peaked when they said it would be released free of the DRM chains.

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        December 11, 2008 2:57 PM

        It sold well compared to it's small budget and niche appeal.

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        December 11, 2008 2:59 PM

        Yes, Sins sold well and had no DRM. But that doesn't mean it sold well because it had no DRM and nobody knows if it would have sold more or less if it would have had DRM. :)

        I do think their strong stand on the "no DRM" got them a lot of extra publicity and good will though which may have helped them, but it's impossible to tell for sure.

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          December 11, 2008 3:18 PM

          Sins was a really great game and ure right about people jumping on the bandwagon becuase of the "no DRM" stance but it seems to me that if the game had had DRM, it wouldnt have stopped the pirates in the least, so in effect, DRM would be useless and resource consuming for any company at this time. To me it seems like the war on drugs, the people that do the drugs will always do them no matter what just as the thieves will always steal games, so what is a point of having a war you cannot win? Once the game is cracked its cracked forever and the money and time a company may have spent punishing their paying customers with DRM was all for not. I'm excited about this release becuase besides Sins, though im not sure, I believe that this is the first major release without DRM, which gives me hope that the tides are turning in favor of the paying customer.

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      December 13, 2008 11:45 PM

      Its a smart move in their war against gamers to vilainize pirates and make themselves look better. Yes I undertand the irony of that as they are thieves. But seriously this game had no chance of selling well on PC and like everything else in the world it will be pirated. It really doesn't prove anything.

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