Assassins Creed PC DRM a “One Time Only” Affair
Publisher Ubisoft has indicated in a recent statement to Rock Paper Shotgun that an initial DRM check will run the first time AC: Revelations boots up, but only that one time. After that check is cleared, players are free to play online or offline as they please.
This feels like a good step on Ubisoft’s part, as the company hasn’t had the best reputation with its PC crowd regarding DRM implementation. Take a look to From Dust and Driver: San Francisco for examples, as both of those titles suffered from an “always on” check for their PC versions.
In some regards, PC players get the good end of the stick. You can crank up the graphics, customize keyboard macros, and pick your own multiplayer servers. However, the glaring and growing problem with PC gaming is the inclusion of DRM on many games, and while Assassins Creed: Revelations is no exception, it’s not nearly as bad as past frustrations.
But honestly Ubisoft, I just want to play the game. It would be a shame to see them go the route of EA’s Origin, where games like Battlefield 3 require an always online connection to Origin. If this “one time only” DRM is the route they continue to pursue however, that’s perfectly fine by me.
Assassins Creed: Revelations is set to arrive on PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 19th, while the PC version is pushed back until December…which adds to the frustration factor.