DRM News


Diablo 3 online requirement to prevent hacks

By Steve Watts, Aug 22, 2011 2:30pm PDT

Diablo 3 game director Jay Wilson talks about the hacks that led to an always-on requirement for Diablo 3, and shrugged off concerns that some players may not have an internet connection.


"This is stupid. What's next? Shacknews will follow suit and require online connection to post on ..."

- dookiebot see all 232 comments

Driver: San Francisco PC DRM toned down

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 18, 2011 7:30am PDT

Ubisoft has scaled back its DRM plans for Driver: The City That Knows How on PC, following fan feedback. Previously it was planned to require a permanent Internet connection, but now you'll only need to be online to launch it.


"Same here too.... It is quite sad that they go to Ubisoft to publish the game... "

- p34nk see all 15 comments

From Dust PC won't use 'always online' DRM

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 28, 2011 12:15pm PDT

While the PC edition of From Dust was delayed by a fortnight, we can at least be thankful that it won't have the terrible 'always online' DRM requirement Ubisoft has resurrected for Driver: Frisco.


"I'll use my Dont Receveive (my) Money agaisn't this. XD Yea i know, worst joke ever xD."

- Longgshot see all 21 comments

Driver: San Francisco PC 'requires permanent internet connection'

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 27, 2011 7:30am PDT

The PC edition of Driver: San Francisco will see Ubisoft's much-disliked DRM return to its original method of requiring players to be online at all times.


"The key to preventing piracy is selling a product for which people want to pay. Current DRM ..."

- badcaps see all 45 comments

Risen 2: Dark Waters sets sail for Steamworks

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 26, 2011 6:45am PDT

The piratical action-RPG sequel will use Steamworks for copy protection on PC, publisher Deep Silver has announced. It's made by the folks who created Gothic.


"I read this as The Pirates of Dark Water and made myself sad. :("

- Home Nugget see all 15 comments

SSF4 Arcade DRM 'we had it wrong,' says Capcom

By Steve Watts, Jun 02, 2011 2:15pm PDT

Capcom has gone back on its unpopular DRM plan for Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, promising a PC patch either at release or shortly afterwards to remove the offline restrictions.


"Wasn't that only with "vanilla" SF4 where you had to unlock every character? Super didn't have ..."

- sukabljat see all 11 comments

The Witcher 2 patch 1.1 removes DRM

By Alice O'Connor, May 27, 2011 6:45am PDT

The splendid RPG's first big patch has launched to strip out its SecuROM DRM, increase performance, enable invert mouse, and more. No progress is without setbacks, though.


"You can always relocate the my documents folder if there is an issue with hdd space."

- Frejik see all 63 comments

The Witcher 2 patch 1.1 removes DRM

By Alice O'Connor, May 27, 2011 6:00am PDT

The splendid RPG's first big patch has launched to strip out its SecuROM DRM, increase performance, enable invert mouse, and more. No progress is without setbacks, though.


Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade PC DRM unveiled

By Alice O'Connor, May 26, 2011 8:15am PDT

Capcom has revealed more on the fighting game's PC edition, including the new lag-busting tech, system requirements and, unfortunately, some absurd DRM which disables features and reduces the character roster if you're not online.


"exactly the same thing you would have done anyway while the pirates continue to pirate and the ..."

- kiddygrinder see all 32 comments

Dragon Age 2 PC DRM Detailed

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 01, 2011 8:00am PST

BioWare has once again broached the eternally contentious issue of DRM with a forum post by community coordinator Chris Priestly revealing the...


"Its amazing how no one points out that Steam requires you to be online from time to time as well ..."

- jazz_uc see all 48 comments

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...


"What, you want to see the receipt for my copy of Assassin's Creed 2? "

- kwperley see all 81 comments

R.U.S.E. Not Using Ubisoft's DRM, Only Steamworks

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 12, 2010 10:00am PDT

R.U.S.E. publisher Ubisoft has confirmed that Eugen's strategy game will rely upon Steam alone for copy protection on PC, rather than using Ubi's...


"Exactly Levi. I WILL NOT buy a game that requires a constant internet connection. I play games ..."

- BluKnite65 see all 40 comments

The Witcher Developer Explains DRM Policy

By Chris Faylor, Jun 11, 2010 9:00am PDT

Further elaborating upon its declaration that "nothing is decided yet" regarding The Witcher 2 and DRM, developer CD Projekt RED has issued...


"I neither bought nor played the first Witcher due to a lack of money (I could only afford to buy ..."

- Khalaq see all 22 comments

Fallout: New Vegas PC Using Steamworks DRM

By Chris Faylor, Jun 08, 2010 3:11pm PDT

The PC edition of Fallout: New Vegas will use Steamworks for its digital rights management, publisher Bethesda has confirmed, meaning that the RPG...


"I cant use my fallout new vegas and i paid for it. im so upset. too many processes to go through ..."

- zero_crash see all 114 comments

The Witcher 2 DRM 'Nothing to Worry About'

By Chris Faylor, Jun 01, 2010 8:20am PDT

Though Namco Bandai supports the idea of DRM that requires an active internet connection and will be distributing The Witcher 2 (PC) throughout...


"They have my euros if they stick to their word. You get more of what you sponsor, so make sure ..."

- Marrbe see all 33 comments