Ubisoft Kills Hated Always-On PC DRM
Always-online DRM—it’s the thing that pretty much every PC gamer hates with a passion, despite knowing the justifications that publishers have for using it. In the end, it’s a hassle for everyone involved, and it makes life hell for gamers with less-than-reliable internet connections.
But according to an interview on RockPaperShotgun today, apparently Ubisoft has removed their always-online DRM from their PC games—something they actually did way back in June.
Said the company’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perotti:
“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.
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.”
That’s…that’s fantastic. How great is that?
Ever since they knocked my socks off with their various awesome-looking offerings at this summer’s E3 conference (Assassin’s Creed III, ACIII Liberation, and Watch Dogs, to name only a few), I’ve been pretty impressed with what Ubisoft’s got going on. That they’re making a point of listening to customers and knocking off shit that they hate—it’s great! I’m not even a PC gamer, and I’m pretty thrilled about the move. Nicely done.