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Ubisoft scraps “always-on” DRM

That’s right! Gamers have spoken and Ubisoft is listening. Earlier this week game publisher Ubisoft announced that they will be dropping DRM for all future PC titles. This is great news for all those Assassin’s Creed III fans out there that want to enjoy playing the campaign without requiring a constant internet connection.

Ubisoft’s “Always-on” DRM required a constant internet connection in order to play their games, even if you’re playing single player. That means if you’re internet connection abruptly dropped for any reason, you could say goodbye to all your unsaved data.

As it turns out, Ubisoft is leading the way by listening to customer feedback and doing what’s best for their fanbase. Stephanie Perotti, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, explained in an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun that they will shift to a one time online activation.

“And then you’ll be able to play offline on PC. 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. 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.”

These changes will take effect for all future PC titles, including Far Cry 3, which is set to be released along with the console version on December 4, as well as Assassin’s Creed III, which will arrive a few weeks after the console release on October 30, 2012




By: Steve Bartels