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Ubi Gets Rid of Terrible DRM

By Leigh Cobb05-09-2012

Two things come to mind when you think of Ubisoft: bad ports and frustrating DRM. Well, some recent Ubi ports were pretty decent, and it seems now, you can take the latter off that list too.

In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubisoft's Worldwide Director for online games, Stephanie Perotti, explained the situation:

“We have listened to feedback, 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.”

This news go a little way to repairing their damaged reputation, but as far as their track record goes, Ubisoft aren't going to be winning any prizes for fair play and consumer friendliness. Their previous DRM made mandatory and always online internet connection, which caused games to stop should the connection drop for any reason.

This system soon became one of the most hated things in the gaming industry. Recent figures put Ubisoft's approval rating at 'somewhere near Hitler'.

At least Ubisoft are trying to change their ways, but don't change your opinion of them just yet. We still have the PC game delays and shoddy port work to deal with. It seems Assassin's Creed III is trying to be a good PC port with DX11 support and some other good stuff, but we'll see.


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Posts: 596

I hope this is permanent and not a Deja-vu... Considering they removed the DRMs from Brotherhood only to have it on Revelations and all other new Ubi titles.

I really don't get what Ubisoft is up to. The DRM was bad from day 1 and gave pirates a superior version, thus promoting piracy themselves!!! Total madness! As it is paying customers like me have to put up with over 9000 different DRMs when starting up a Ubi game now (before the removal of the always on DRM). The following DRMs when starting a Ubi game (Anno 2070/Driver) currently on my Steam: Steam (it's a DRM itself), Tages, Uplay, the game itself (it asks for your key again! even after having entered it in both the first time activation AND in Uplay!!!)

Posts: 1548

We can only hope

Posts: 40

does this mean anno 2070 wont have it anymore?