Ubi drops always-on DRM on AC: Brotherhood PC

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 18:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ubisoft has confirmed to VG247 that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will lack Ubisoft’s always-on DRM on the PC.

Last week, the Steam page for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood made no mention of Ubisoft’s always-on PC DRM, and today it has been confirmed by a Ubisoft representative that the controversial method will not be included in the game.

“The PC version of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode,” confirmed the rep.

Of course, to play the multiplayer portions, one will have to be online obviously, but at least the single-player portion will be playable offline.

Ubisoft’s PC DRM has had its share of controversy in the past, as it forces players to be connected to the Internet at all times if they wish to play. Should a players internet connection drop, progress could be lost.

Last month, it was revealed that the firm was dropping the always-on requirement from a lot of its titles, but an initial connection to validate your install would still be required.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is out March 17 in the US and March 18 in Europe.

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  1. psybass

    what is drm?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Digital right menagment.The most notorious DRM is on Ubisoft games.
    Also mark my word if PC version get same score as console version it would sell very good

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Kalain

    Hurrah!! Common Sense prevails!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    Hopefully things like Games for Windows Live and Ubisoft Online Services Platform will fade into history as one of its more embaressing footnotes.

    You’re never going to make more money by punishing the paying customer and rewarding the thief.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. thesamy

    thay drop it becuse thay know that
    pc gamers will buy it becuse of the mulitplayer and i think this game will sell.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    easily the worst drm i am licky enough not to encounter, however the worst i have encountered it starforce, ugh i could not get any game with that drm to play properly ever

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    The fact that they got that response from using Starforce just makes it even more amazing that they went onto to create a similarly shitty client.

    My brother bought Settlers 7 and could rarely complete a multiplayer game without either massive lag spikes making it hard to play, or just straight out disconnects.

    Sometimes Ubisofts servers would be down, and that equates to “Sorry, you can’t play your game right now – Unless it’s pirated”.

    As an honest PC gamer I don’t get how any publisher can be that stupid. That includes the ones who use Games for Windows Live, which thankfully seems to be losing support as well.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    OMGWTFBBQ Why didn’t I read this while writing about the 4 versions of the game!!!!!!

    Gotta edit FAST

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Hunam

    Yay! I’m glad their senses have returned to them!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The_Red

    It’s good to see this POS (Ubi’s DRM) gone to hell but it won’t take long before Ubisoft comes up with another, dumber and more annoying DRM or lock system. They are always the first when it comes to the worst anti piracy methods.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Nissanthen

    This awesome news! Pre-ordered! I hope that it sells well on the PC.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. badboy_122

    smart move … now I’ll buy it

    #12 4 years ago
  13. badboy_122

    by buy it .. I mean pre-order it of course

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Bond James Bond

    I’ve got no problem with DRM in games. It’s just the developer protecting their IP.

    The only gamers who have a problem with DRM are the pricks that don’t want to pay for the game/s.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DSB

    Troll harder, dicktits.

    Pirates are the only people who benefit from DRM. They have fun matching their abilities against those of DRM designers, usually cracking the game within a week of release, if not sooner, thanks to their contacts at the printing plants, and it gives them the opportunity to label themselves as the liberators of gamers everywhere, since most DRM solutions consistently hassle honest gamers, or break their games.

    So really, pirates and torrent suckers are the only people who don’t have a problem with DRM.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Old MacDonald

    DSB: Dicktits? Inspired by Bulletstorm?

    Anyway, good news. Might be interested in this.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. blackdreamhunk

    wow I’m impressed with ubisoft

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Keivz

    I had zero problems with DRM on AC:2. I can’t remember if SC:C had always on DRM (I think it did) but I had zero problems there to. Hard to imagine anyone who plays multiplayer (i.e. just about everyone) having a problem with always on DRM since we’re all always on anyway. Whatever, so long as they keep making PC games (unlike Capcom) I’m happy.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Robinton

    Hey when you say “initial login”, do you mean “one login after install” or “one login everytime you launch your game”?

    #19 4 years ago

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