Ubisoft Has Already Ditched Always-On DRM For PC Games

Ubisoft is to scrap its hugely controversial (and somewhat flawed) always-on DRM (digital rights management), according to interviews surfacing this morning. In fact, it’s apparently already been scrapped, but the change hasn’t yet been made public.

“We have listened to feedback,” said the publisher’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perlotti, “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.”

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“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,” Perlotti added.

“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.”

“If you look back to early 2011 and before,” added Ubisoft’s VP of digital publishing Chris Early, “we did at one point in time go with an always-on activation, for any game.”

“We realised that while it was probably one of the strictest forms of DRM, it wasn’t the most convenient for our customers. We listened to the feedback, and have removed that requirement from those games, and stopped doing that going forward.”

Sources: Gamasutra, RPS.

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10 Comments

  1. Ive always liked Ubisoft, this is a good move. Smiles all round then:-)

  2. i guess they realised where much of that 95% piracy rate came from.

    i’m kinda loath to praise them for this decision though.
    they never should have used DRM like that in the first place, it’s just now they’re back at a somewhat acceptable level.
    i still won’t buy a physical copy of a game that locks the title to a single user, but i know many people are ok with that, and they deserve to be able to play the games they paid for even if the Ubi servers go down or their internet gets cut off, or any other problem keeping the game from connecting to the servers that is not their fault.

  3. Wow, Ubisoft are awesome! Definitely one of my favourite developers/publishers right now. It’s nice to hear someone actually taking note of what their customers say. :)

  4. I hate running Heroes 6 through Steam, and having it start up Uplay where I must launch it again.

  5. Good on them. It was a horrid system and listening to mounting consumer pressure shows that they really do have to look after the punters. They’ve produced some genuinely lovely games over the years so it’s great news to be reading this.

    Well done, Ubisoft.

  6. Good move, well done Ubisoft.

  7. Now will you please remove it from Settlers 7? It’s pretty much the only Ubisoft game where this DRM hasn’t been patched out, and one of the few Ubisoft (PC) games that I really want. Owned pretty much every Settlers game since the original on the Amiga, but I refuse to buy anything with DRM that restrictive.

  8. About.Time.

  9. “Somewhat flawed” is putting it lightly…

    • I think the truth was actually somewhere between “Somewhat flawed” and “Completely Broken”. I may check out AC3 on PC now.

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