Ubisoft vows to change PC DRM policy
Publisher responds to user feedback, DRM on future titles will no longer require always online
Posted by Alex 'SpectralShock' V on Sep 5, 2012 - 1:24pm EST (Sep 5, 2012 13:24)
During a rather critical interview on RPS, Ubisoft has revealed it will be changing its DRM policies on PC games - for good.
The publisher, known for its strict copyright protection on PC, was made to explain some of the details and statements that were made over the past few years. Ubisoft's DRM often involved always-online authentication, letting you play even single player games only when connected to the internet. There was also a very limited number of installs allowed per game.
“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," said Stephanie Perotti, the company's worldwide director for online games.
She 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.”
The publisher was also directly quizzed on some of the wild statements made over the last few years related to DRM, conceding that many of those were "unfortunate comments", and that they were "also made by someone who was more on the technical development side."