From Dust PC DRM to be removed by patch

Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 01:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In response to ongoing complaints, Ubisoft will release a patch to rectify the PC port of From Dust’s DRM issues.

“Our tech teams are working on a patch that should release in approximately two weeks that will eliminate the need for any online authentication,” a post on the Ubisoft forums revealed.

The patch is taking some time to produce as Ubisoft are working to ensure those whose progress is stored on the publisher’s servers will not be lost once the always-on requirement is removed.

“Once the patch is ready, players who already have the game will automatically receive the update on their next login and subsequent game sessions will be 100 percent offline,” it promised.

The PC version From Dust has been the centre of much anger after an incorrect and since deleted comment on the game’s forums suggested it would not make use of Ubisoft’s always-on DRM. At launch, this was found to not be the case – among other issues.

Ubisoft issued an apology for the mix up in the same post:

“We recognize that one of our posts in the From Dust forum regarding the need for authentication in the game was not clear. We sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding.”

Thanks, RPS.



  1. deadstoned

    Good, now they just need to fix the menu bugs and the mouse. Ohh and the 30fps and quite a few other things, but otherwise not a bad start :) . Hopefully they wont use their crappy DRM in future games.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. The_Red

    What’s wrong with Ubi. They do this every time and later remove the DLC with path but THEN add the same DRM to their next game thus starting the Ubi-cycle all over again.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    Clearly it was a bug. People need to take off their goddamn tinfoil hats.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. jiujinwoshizml

    Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look


    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    Who gives a toss? Its a shoddy port of a shoddy game.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OwnedWhenStoned

    @ #3

    Leaving aside the tinfoil hat for a second, I don’t think it was a bug.

    I think that upstairs in Ubisoft, someone has made a decision that all PC games will have DRM by default. They will leave the DRM on and see how much of a PR nightmare they get, and then react accordingly. It smacks of a management decision, made by someone who doesn’t really understand.

    Not PC paranoia, just years of working with similar companies and similar MBA types.. it was decisions like this that made me change industries.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Fin

    There are two primary reasons for DRM – one is to stop the game being pirated and released before its street date, the second is to stop little Jimmy giving the DVD to his friends.
    The DRM in From Dust presumably accomplished the first one (though with it being on Steam, I’m not sure how necessary it was), so it makes sense to patch it out a few weeks after release.

    This won’t be the case with Diablo III, which has got game design issues around the always-on connection.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheBlackHole

    Jesus people, they removed it. Chillax.

    Yeah, I said it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    It’s incredible that Ubisoft are still spending money putting barriers between paying customers and the games they pay for. Especially when they seem to be coming around to the fact that they’ve made a humongous mistake.

    @7 False. It was released by pirates without DRM on release day. They’ve had access to a product of the above quality, while the paying customers have been stuck with a lesser one. As usual.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Fin


    Yeah see I said “before street date” – DRM succeeded there (and often does).

    #10 3 years ago
  11. viralshag

    I actually don’t know what the fuss was as it played fine on the PC for me anyway.

    However, I would say avoid this game if you were expecting a better controlled version with a mouse. The game is ok at best, but even with the mouse your screen pointer is pretty much locked and you don’t get the same freedom as with a regular RTS. It’s very annoying.

    Plus other minor things outside the actual levels are repetitive such as cut scenes and certain animations. I would say this is a 6 or low 7 at best. Wait for a sale would be my advice.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @10 That still doesn’t make any sense.

    The fact that publishers have gotten a lot better at protecting their games on their way to the factory has nothing to do with DRM, at all. It takes less than a day to crack a game like that for an experienced team. Once they “learn” the system, they’ll bypass it at will, which happened before Ubisoft managed to launch a second title carrying it.

    That would seem to suggest that they simply aren’t getting the games as soon as they hit the plant. More likely, they have to settle for their guys in retail passing them a copy when they reach the store.

    I strongly doubt that pirates demand a release before the streetdate for their free, DRM-free products.

    Spending money on measures that only punish paying customers is just absurd, and seemingly Ubisoft are doing everything they can to avoid facing that reality.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. GrimRita

    @11 the moment Eurogamer gave it a high score, I knew it would be crap – giving it a 9. Dont make me laugh!

    #13 3 years ago
  14. endgame

    my god u ppl r such a bunch of idiots. why? because:
    1. they didn’t it remove yet. they will remove it in 2 weeks.
    2. the fact that they need 2 weeks to create that patch is a lie. this is all a PR marketing stunt to fool idiots like u into believing that they actually care about u. and the fact that they succeeded shows just how incredibly foolish u ppl r. they don’t care about u. they care only about their money.
    and 3. if u haven’t realized it yet and obviously u haven’t, this is their strategy regarding PC games. they will always do this with every PC game that they will make.

    P.S. saying that that was a bug was hilarious! :)) just how dumb can u be!?

    P.P.S. having said these idk wth r u ppl doing on this site. in this (PC) section at least. I though this was only reserved for knowledgeable hardcore PC users which obviously u r not.

    #14 3 years ago

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