Oh Ubisoft! Have we not learnt of the nerdrage that results from draconian DRM? Apparently not, as CVG has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed 2 for the PC – and in fact all future games from the French publisher will feature what must be one of the worst ideas in Digital Right Management ever conceived.
The game will require PC gamers to be connected to the internet, and logged in to Ubisoft’s verification servers – at all times.
If your connection happens to drop or any reason – Lightning, your router rebooting, cat chewing your cable, Telkom - you’ll be booted from the game, losing whatever progress you’d made since your last save. You’re given the option of uploading your save to Ubisoft’s â€œMaster Server,â€ so you can resume your game from just about any capable, internet connected PC – but regardless of where your save is stored, you won’t be able to play without an always on, trouble-free internet connection.
If you’re still stuck on dial-up (Ag, shame!) you quite frankly may as well not bother. The bigger problem though is that should Ubisoft’s servers go down for any reason, you won’t be able to play the game. That you paid good money for.
So who does this help? Certainly not paying customers. Pirates have demonstrated an unfailing ability to bypass DRM restrictions, meaning they’ll probably be able to play the game without any on-line checks. The only people this will affect will be people who actually buy the gameâ€¦and it will likely annoy the hell out of them.
This is likely to deter PC gamers from buying and playing Ubisoft games, which is a pity. Assassin’s Creed 2 is pretty damned good, and Splinter Cell Conviction is on its way soon too.
Source : CVG[Thanks to Goose for the tip]
Last Updated: February 19, 2010