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

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

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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.

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