Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ubisoft stepping down from 'always-on DRM' anti-piracy strategy for PC

PC gamers have unfortunately come to know Ubisoft as the company with the overly-stringent copy protection strategy, with a Digital Rights Management (DRM) system that relies on you always being connected to the internet to play their titles - even for singleplayer games.

As opposed to a once-off activation system and the chance to activate your game on as many PCs as you wish, Ubisoft instead introduced heavy restrictions on how and where you played their PC games.

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In an interview with Rock, Paper Shotgun, however, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games Stephanie Perotti has revealed a new approach that PC gamers might find refreshing:

“We have listened to feedback,” said Perotti, “and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline.”

Is that really true? Since June last year?

“Whenever you want to reach any online service, multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play.

“But if you want to enjoy Assassin’s Creed III single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want.”

Have you had bad experiences with Ubisoft’s PC games? Have you found Perotti’s statement about the restrictions lifting in June to be correct?

Congratulations to Ubisoft on this shift in mindset, we hope PC gamers will give the publisher a second chance.


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