Ubisoft has battled piracy tooth and nail by using always-on DRM methods on its PC releases, sparking controversy among paying customers. However, the publisher has now backed down on its stance, and has abandoned the method. Ubisoft issued a statement on the matter this morning.
The publishers new policy is that all Ubisoft PC games will only require a single online activation after install, and can be played on any number of PCs.
In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perlotti explained, “We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline.”
Perlotti continued, “Whenever you want to reach any online service, multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play. But if you want to enjoy Assassin’s Creed III single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want.”
More as we get it.