Ubisoft weren’t on many PC gamers Christmas card list last year after introducing a DRM system that required a constant net connection to play titles such as Assassin’s Creed II. Some are saying this system has been changed somewhat, with gamers over at Reddit posting screen shots of AC II running offline and claiming the following:
“Recently a patch was released which removes the necessity for some Ubisoft games to have an Internet connection to be played. Here is a screenshot from Assassin’s Creed 2 and another for Splinter Cell: Conviction showing the games being played with no connection.
You still require an Internet connection to authenticate when the game is booted. Just thought I’d share this in case anyone was tossing up buying it. (Just to be clear, previously under these circumstances the game would pause itself immediately).”
Whilst the initial reaction would be to claim Ubisoft are backing down, if memory serves me correctly the plan was always to remove, or at least limit the DRM once games pass a certain age. Add this to the fact that Ubisoft still claim that “most of our PC games” will use the DRM system; I think some people may be celebrating too early.