Ubisoft removes constant connection requirement from controversial DRM

Tuesday, 4th January 2011 08:23 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Alternate title: “Ubisoft removes ‘controversy’ from controversial DRM.’

2010 – for those who were alive way back then – was a dark time. Among other things, Justin Bieber hadn’t died in that tragic though unproven assassination where everyone coincidentally wasn’t looking. Also, Ubisoft’s DRM was a pretty big deal. In a nutshell, it forced players to be connected to the Internet at all times if they wished to keep their favorite games up and running. And if your connection dropped? So much for your relaxation hour. Instead, a stress headache! Yay!

Fortunately, Ubisoft seems to have finally heard the disenfranchised cries of PC gamers the world over. PC Gamer‘s discovered that the constant connection requirement has joined the Virtual Boy, Zelda CDi games, and about three-fourths of the Sonic franchise in bad game idea hell. However, you’ll still need an initial connection to validate your install, but after that, it’s smooth sailing even if your connection drops.

So far, Assassin’s Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction have been confirmed to loosen up Ubisoft’s iron grip. We’re waiting on a response from Ubisoft concerning other DRM-ed titles, though.

Back in August, Ubisoft announced that obnoxiously acronymed RTS RUSE wouldn’t trouble players with the infamous DRM, but then told us that future Ubisoft PC games would still be locked up all-too-tight. Now, however, that might not be the torturous life sentence that many gamers figured it would be.



  1. mojo


    #1 4 years ago
  2. SwiftRanger

    The controversy isn’t gone, this limited change only affects Convinction and AssCreed 2 on PC, not every other Ubisoft title with this DRM.

    Also, having to authenticate online every time you start the game is still loathsome, EA even wanted to do something similar with ME1 on PC but backtracked to just an authentication on install (with install limits though) because of the numerous complaints of PC gamers.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    It’s not gone.

    Until semi DRM will disappear they will never get my money.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Old MacDonald

    Hoping they patch The Settlers 7 too. Not so interested in those other games.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. NeoSquall

    Seems like the “protected lifetime” of new Ubisoft product is around 10 months, so we can expect Settlers 7 to receive a similar treatment by the end of the month.

    Now it looks like first times Steam, we can hope they “evolve” soon.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    @6 look i never heard of your website but the fact you keep spamming this damn website results in the fact theres even less chsnce of me using it than before when i didn’t know of it.

    not that you sell anything i give a damn abouut anyway

    argh, deleted now my post looks stupid >.>

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Stardog

    This can’t be helping their sales, so they might as well remove it already.

    Assassin’s Creed – Cracked
    Assassin’s Creed II – Cracked
    Splinter Cell: Conviction – Cracked

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    @6 yes it does, lol

    @7 Assassin’s Creed 1 didn’t use that DRM

    #8 4 years ago
  9. AHA-Lambda

    not perfect but its a BIG improvement. Now just roll that out across the range of their pc games with this shitty drm

    #9 4 years ago

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