Ubisoft explains DRM for ACII on PC and loss of internet connection

By Stephany Nunneley
19 February 2010 15:05 GMT


Yesterday, a report from PC Gamer surfaced stating that since an internet connection’s required to play Assassin’s Creed II on PC, should you lose your internet connection while playing, all progress would be lost and you would be taken back to the menu screen.

Ubisoft says that’s not the case.

Speaking with ArsTechnica, a Ubisoft representative explained to the site what would happen to players should they get dropped from their connection, and this applies to all PC games from Ubisoft – not just Assassin’s Creed II.

“As long as you do not quit the game, the game will continue to try to reconnect for an unlimited time,” said the rep. “Once the game is able to reconnect, you will immediately be returned to your game.

“Where exactly you are reconnected in the game may differ from title to title. Settlers 7 reconnects at the exact point where the connection was lost, AC2 reconnects you at the last checkpoint – not the last auto save, as indicated yesterday.

“There are many checkpoints, so you’re back to the point where you got disconnected in no time.”

The only time you will lose progress is when you are disconnected for a lengthy amount of time, and once back up, you start back at the last checkpoint.

If you are only cutoff for a few seconds, the game pauses itself and then resumes once you are reconnected. Nothing at all happens if your connection slows.

“Our online services platform will require a maximum of 50kbps of available bandwidth,” said the rep, “so even with the slowest connection, gameplay won’t be affected.”

Ars goes on to explain that members the armed forces may have a hard time playing on their laptops, those flying will have to pay for on-flight Internet, and if your internet goes out completely while playing – you can’t play and will lose progress.

Assassin’s Creed II lands on PC March 5 and 16 in the UK and US, respectively.

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