We interrupt your regular evening programming to bring you breaking news out of the good folks at Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Ubisoft are publicly scrapping their always-on DRM that has been so upsettingly crowbarred into their PC titles of recent years.
Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perotti, explains that “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.”
While Perotti refused to admit that always-online DRM was a mistake and described previous comments by the company that it had been effective in reducing piracy as “unfortunate”, she remained adamant that Ubisoft had quietly axed the policy in June last year.
“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.”
It’s been a long time coming, but this is a great win for gamers, and Ubisoft should be applauded for recognising the error of this practice.
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun (Thanks Jamie)