Ubisoft drops alwaysconnected DRM from its games

first_imgIf you were to list the most hated games publishers right now, Ubisoft would come very near the top. Ever since it introduced always-connected DRM to its new games there has been outrage among gamers and pledges never to buy another Ubisoft-published title again.The use of such DRM causes some major issues due to the fact your have to have a reliable Internet connection at all times in order to play the games you purchased. That’s regardless of whether the game is multiplayer or single-player focused. It also hasn’t been without controversy for other reasons, such as the Ubisoft Uplay system being found to contain a rootkit and downtime for the servers meaning games became unplayable through no fault of the player.The latest head-scratcher in Ubisoft’s use of such DRM was conflicting information coming out of the publisher. In July last year Ubisoft said they were sticking with always-connected DRM because it worked. One year later and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot claims piracy of the publisher’s PC games is as high as 95%. So the DRM works then, Ubisoft?Clearly something wasn’t right, and Michael Burk and Stephanie Perotti, Ubisoft’s corporate communications manager and worldwide director of online games respectively, have admitted as much in an interview with Rock, Paper Shotgun. They state that the comments made about always-connected DRM reducing piracy were “unfortunate.”The good news is, Ubisoft has decided not to use such DRM for future titles. Now when you buy a Ubisoft PC game you will need to connect once to activate the title. After that, you’re free to play the game offline. There’s still going to be some issues with how many activations you get and what classes as an activation: how do you get an activation back when upgrading, for example. But it’s still a lot better than always requiring a connection and Ubisoft has apparently upped the activation limits significantly.Ubisoft don’t believe they made a mistake by choosing to use always-connected DRM, but also admit they have listened to customer feedback and responded by dropping it from their games. However, I’d like to see Ubisoft go a step further. If piracy really is at 95% why not try removing DRM completely and see what happens? By that I mean remove the need to activate and ship titles with no protection. What have they got to lose by trying it?Read more at Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img

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