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.”
“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.”