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Monday, 03 January 2011 11:23

Ubisoft retreats on annoying DRM

Written by Nick Farell


It looks like it cost it
Ubisoft have finally listened to gamers and pulled the most stupid form of DRM we have seen short of locking the game away and never allowing the player to put it into their computer.

A while back Ubisoft hit on this wizard wheeze of insisting that the game phone its server every time it played. While this sounds like a good idea, the problem was that it stopped those who didn't have an internet connection playing it, even on single player games.  If Ubisoft's servers, or there internet went down, then players couldn't play, and they couldn't continue to play in the future if the DRM servers were not maintained.

If you looked on Amazon, you would see reviews which would complain that Ubisoft had created a great unplayable game, with the DRM being the reason it was pants.

Ubisoft Games had introduced this silly DRM system earlier last year with Settlers 7. The bad effects of these periodic online DRM checks is that the game pauses as soon as the internet connection is lost and requires an internet connection to validate the install, each time the game is launched.

Legal owners of the games can download a patch to update the game to this non-DRM version. Ubisoft had earlier announced that they would not be using DRM with their new real time strategy game, RUSE.

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+35 #1 Jigar 2011-01-03 11:45
Atlast, Good news...
+11 #2 azrael 2011-01-03 15:28
Just Settlers 7 or also other games like Assassin's Creed 2?

The article is a bit unclear about how farreaching this retreat is.
+11 #3 B0GiE-uk- 2011-01-03 16:32
I dont think I will ever buy a UBI game again thanks to their DRM. I bet they still come up with some other sort of obtrusive DRM anyways.
+16 #4 Super XP 2011-01-03 16:44
I stopped buying Ubisoft games ever since they came out with this DRM junk.

Finally they've removed a form of this DRM garbage. Now let's hope they completely remove this useless junk. It's stupid and unfair to penalize us gamers for wanting to play games off line and on line. Why hammer us with this DRM crap that targets the honest game buying consumer. If you have issues with Piracy, then deal with it by lowering game prices but don’t involve the honest game buying consumer with this DRM crap.
+14 #5 gsacks 2011-01-03 18:24
score 1 for consumer backlash.
-45 #6 Warrior24_7 2011-01-03 19:25
They need to retreat from PC gaming! Why put up with theft? Why? Piracy is a scourge that needs to be delt with, not ran from. When their next game get stolen by the millions maybe they'll wise up and stick to the console.
+5 #7 MrBungle 2011-01-03 21:09
I blacklisted them back when it took me 3 days to get FarCry 2 working because of DRM issues.
+4 #8 azrael 2011-01-03 22:14
Well, I've just had a look at Ubisoft's download site and I can't find *any* patch for *any* game which removes this assinine DRM. Either I'm too stupid or it's just not there.

I noticed however that there's a very disparate number of patches depending on your location. E.g. for Denmark you get 3 (yes, three!) patches listed. Two for Dark Messiah and one for Call of Juarez. Switching to UK lists 1.5 pages of patches, while switching to US lists a whopping 8 pages of patches. WTF?!?!
+3 #9 unknown555525 2011-01-04 02:00
Back when AC2 was announced, I was actually looking forward to purchasing it, but the one thing that stopped me was the DRM.

I refuse to purchase a product with such harsh and intrusive DRM methods while people who pirate the game completely bypass it.

If you want to market a game, then why the hell would you ever make the game FAR inferior to that of a pirated version?

Go with a method that works, use steam, NOTHING ELSE, just steam as the DRM method. This way your giving people simplicity, automatic updates, automatic and simplified installs, ability to play offline, etc. Regardless of anyone's opinions, steam has taken over and revolutionized PC gaming, and so far they haven't screwed anything up.
0 #10 BorgOvermind 2011-01-04 07:06
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