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

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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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    January 4, 2011 4:04 PM

    Of course, the much hated, draconian DRM. Only a watered down version now? Please.

    Ubisoft are dead to me until they repeal this nonsense. Completely.

    It says enough that in the article Brian Leahy uses the word "infected" to describe a game with the DRM.

    Although inarticulate, I've said it before and I'll say it again :-
    Fuck Ubisoft. Fuck them right in the ear.
    Greedy Corporate Swine.

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      January 4, 2011 4:05 PM

      Does it still require setting up a UPlay account? I'm guessing that it does.

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        January 4, 2011 6:38 PM

        Yes :( and you have to have a internet connection to play at all initially, basically login sorta speak then you can un plug you internet(this is what has changed just for AC2 and SCC only).

        Sigh not quiet there yet, they really need an offline mode like Steam, its something.