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Ubisoft scraps "always-on" DRM

Ubisoft is to scrap its "always-on" DRM, pledging that from now on they will only require a single online activation after installing, with no activation limits.

"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," Ubisoft's worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perlotti, told RPS.

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Previously you could not launch games without an internet connection, and if your connection dropped then your game would be lost, along with any progress you had made since your last save.

"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."

In addition to the above, Ubisoft says it is also planning to cut the delays between console and PC games as it gives more focus to desktop gaming.

Edited On 05 Sep, 2012

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DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
A win for the internet. It's good to see Ubisoft actually listening to its consumers here. Good to see PC gamers also won't be missing out on long delays after the console counterparts.
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anaardvark 4 years ago
About damn time. Although I'm not a fan of DRM, especially draconian ones, it's never really affected me until I moved house recently because I suddenly found the majority of my gaming collection unavailable due to lack of an internet connection. So I understand why it upsets so many people now. It's not until you experience it yourself that you realise the full repercussions.
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Whitey 4 years ago
About time, i was starting to lose respect for ubisoft since they kinda didn't care about the PC gamers. You can't just judge everyone and punish every PC gamer because some people pirate the game, there are still a lot of us who actually buy games.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
Thank the gaming gods they finally listened to the fans.When we buy a game we should be able to play it anywhere & at any time we want
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no47 4 years ago
That's great to hear, i hate DRM with a passion. Let's hope more game companies follow suit, the main one being EA.
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visa 4 years ago
Finally! Their DRM just alienated their consumerbase.

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