Assassin's Creed 2 DRM Tweaked in First PC Patch, While Crackers Reportedly Break DRM Outright

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While Ubisoft Montreal's open-world murder simulator Assassin's Creed 2 won't hit North American PCs until March 16, a patch has already been issued with changes including a tweaking of the controversial DRM scheme that requires players be online.

Rather than being kicked back to the last checkpoint should their connection drop out--as was originally the case--players will be able to resume the game "from the exact same point" when they reconnect. The 19MB patch is over on FileShack now.

Meanwhile, a cracking group claims to have successfully circumvented the DRM solution's implementation in Silent Hunter 5, enabling Ubisoft Romania's submarine sim to run irrespective of the player's online status--or the legitimacy of their copy.

Ubisoft has responded on Twitter saying "any gamer who downloads and plays a cracked version of [AC2] and [SH5] will find that their version is not complete"--a statement that seemingly confirms the crack is functional in some manner.

While Ubisoft does not specify in which way cracked copies are "not complete," it's a safe bet that online saved game storage is one such unavailable feature.

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    March 4, 2010 6:42 AM

    the european version is out.

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      March 4, 2010 6:44 AM

      also the games, both of them assassin's creed 2 and silent hunter 5, won't drop out on just a 'flaky connection'. the connection has to be broken for quite a while. I get hickups on my line a few times a day where the modem thing has to reconnect and that didn't bother sh5.

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        March 4, 2010 6:51 AM

        Aye aye, that was me being snarky. Which is bad. It's gone!

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          March 4, 2010 7:29 AM

          It's not bad, it's the truth. Tests out there have said that 5 seconds max is what it takes for the game to stop once your connection is out.

          5 seconds is not much for many countries in the world, or many areas still in the US.

          As for Ubi: hahahaha + fuck you.