Ubisoft not done with “always-on” DRM just yet

Wednesday, 5th January 2011 09:50 GMT By Nathan Grayson


After what seemed like an eternity in Stubbornness Years, Ubisoft finally patched the restrictive constant connection requirement out of some of its biggest games. So then, that’s it, right? We can kiss this whole brouhaha goodbye, can’t we? Please?

Well, yes and no. Mostly no.

Speaking with Shacknews, a Ubisoft rep explained that potential patch-based removal has been in the cards since day one, and that everything’s being done on a case-by-case basis.

So, if Ubisoft sees fit to free one game from its chafe-prone DRM shackles, so be it. On the flipside, however, a brand new big-name game that’s got pirates licking their greedy chops may, from the publisher’s point of view, need an extra line of defense. That, unfortunately, is where the “always on” requirement comes in.

Granted, RUSE kicked Ubisoft’s DRM to the curb altogether, so who really knows what to expect at this point? Fingers crossed that it involves slowly disarming this total bomb of a plan with more patches and pretending it never happened.



  1. freedoms_stain


    There has yet to be a method of drm that has worked.

    Stop shafting your paying customers you dumb shits.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. back_up

    PC gamers should have think before pirating a game

    #2 4 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    @2, fuck off you fool. “PC Gamer” and “pirate” are not synonymous.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    @2, Watch next-gen consoles, this will be the exact same DRM.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. back_up

    Somebody got butthurt.
    Why would a developer without any reason impose such a painful DRM a game would have suffered from piracy or sales expections were on meet on PC

    #5 4 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    @5, care to try again? The latter half of that was literally unintelligible.

    No matter really, your insinuation that pc gamers and pirates are synonymous is a fallacy. There is no more to be said.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. SwiftRanger

    Ubisoft has never known what to do with PC, they were also one of the few big publishers to put StarForce on their biggest titles, I think that says enough about how much they respect their paying customers.

    Boycot still on.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Who cares… Last year was fucking fantastic for PC without them. It was the year that outshined PS3 or 360.

    Civilization 5, Starcraft II, WOW:Cataclysm, Minecraft, Amnesia:The dark descent, Hearts Of Iron 3, Mount and Blade series

    and all multiplatform titles that run with 60 fps, true 1080p, 16x AA and 3D

    2011 is looking good without them, i care less about shitty platformer like ASS:brotherhood.

    2011 is Witcher 2, Guild Wars 2, RIFT, TERA, Firefall, DIABLO 3, maybe SC expansion, Mount and blade next game, SIMS: Medieval and much, much more to be announced.

    Crysis 2 or Rage you can obviously call a PC exclusives, because these games are going to look and play better on the PC not just by resolution or AA, but with freakin everything.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. back_up

    My point was if a game doesn’t sale or publishers think piracy has affected the game then only they do such things.
    Eg: Online was locked for used game for console by Thq and EA
    because it was killing their profits
    Same thing would have happen to ubisoft and other developers who implements DRM
    As a heard their was no DRM for ME2 and Witcher 2 will also not have DRM so developers are happy with sales they got from previous sales which was not the case for some developers

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Crysis

    Calling Crysis 2/Rage a pc exclusive because the ps360 version has lower quality visuals, it’s still the exact same game.
    Unlike Wii ports which are almost always cut down versions of the game(not just in graphics but features), mainly to compensate with the motion controller, half the time it’s an entirely different game with the same name, which in all honesty has killed any chance of me getting a Wii, i could only imagine puzzle games that actually work better with the wiimote than a traditional controller, but i’m not a fan of puzzle games, although i do like games like the classic Dino Crisis that uses puzzles to keep it fresh.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. mojo

    lol 8 following u, Rage is exclusive on my pc, coz it can squeez out just one more level of aa than may neighbours pc?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. TraceableX

    People will buy the game and crack it, or they will downloaded it for FREE cracked.

    The online part looks meh.

    #12 4 years ago

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