Anno 2070 DRM changed to allow hardware changes

Saturday, 21st January 2012 17:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

BlueByte has removed the component in its Tages DRM, which logged hardware changes on a user’s PC, thus using up one of the limited activations allowed for Anno 2070. According to a developer statement provided to Guru3D, “the graphics hardware from the hash used to identify the PC” was removed, which means you can now “switch the GFX as many times” as you want in your PC. At first, Anno players thought there was an error in the DRM causing the issue, but Ubisoft said the inclusion was “intentional” and that many users hadn’t experienced a problem with it. Thanks, RPS.



  1. GrimRita

    Do Ubi just deliberately put their DRM in to piss people off, only to always remove it shortly after just to make headlines?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Talkar

    ^I’m starting to think the exact same thing. No one should be so stupid to actually think the DRM they’re using is any good. If anything it encourages piracy..

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    To me it always looked like a pretty damaging bit of posturing aimed at investors.

    Any gamer can tell you that Ubisofts DRM doesn’t do anything to keep their games away from pirates, and a quick look at Ubisofts financials quickly establishes it as a near-fatal investment, ridding them of most of their marketshare.

    Making uPlay costs money for Ubisoft, and when it leads to them losing more than half of their PC revenue in just two years, that’s a fuck-up of pretty cosmic proportions.

    I think it’s about trying to spin things for the company at this point. They’ve always been hostile to gamers. Before uPlay it was Starforce which was arguably just as broken, and I think they’re attempting a narrative that says “PC gamers are all filthy criminals, but no matter how hard we try, they just steal more and more of our business”.

    You’d have to be a pretty stupid investor to believe that, considering that the far more competent publishers are making more than twice the money, with half the DRM.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. deathgaze

    Does Ubi put the same DRM restrictions in it’s Steam releases?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 Of course. If they used Steamworks a lot more people would be buying their games.

    I think they’re too busy defending their broken malware to consider that though. It’s obviously about foolish pride at this point.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. HauntaVirus

    Good to hear they removed it though, still pathetic it was there in the first place.

    #6 3 years ago

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