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Ubisoft drops DRM for RUSE - but hasn't abandoned it

Controversial always online tech will be retained for "most PC games"

Ubisoft has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that it will continue to employ its controversial always-on copy protection system for future games, despite removing it from upcoming strategy title R.U.S.E.

Following last night's announcement that the World War II game would not use the DRM, speculation mounted that Ubisoft had backed down entirely on the anti-piracy tech.

This would appear to not be the case. "We will continue to use the Ubisoft protection system for most PC games, said a spokesperson.

In the event that it cannot perceive an active internet connection, Ubisoft's DRM forcibly pauses and eventually quits the game.

Despite online uproar, a number of server attacks and claims by some players that the system would sometimes kick in even while they were online, Ubisoft has been resolute about its effectiveness as a anti-piracy measure.

However, R.U.S.E. at least will not ship with the DRM, instead using Valve's SteamWorks multiplayer, achievement and cloud-saving framework.

In an official confirmation, the company explained that "When R.U.S.E. is released in September, it will benefit from Valve's Steamworks API to offer the best community experience to players.

"Consequently, a Steam account and Internet connection will be required to activate the game, as per Steam policy. For this reason, R.U.S.E. will not use the Ubisoft protection. Single player can be played offline."

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Latest comments (1)

Jeff Wayne Technical Architect 6 years ago
Even though I dislike DRM, there is no doubt that piracy is rampant and a solution is definately needed. Steam is the most palatable current DRM implementation to me at least.

I had a 'no-Ubisoft' purchase rule since the implementation of their own woeful DRM but I probably will actually buy this now when it's released since it does look like a very solid title indeed.

I do wonder though what made them see the light on this title yet state they will be reverting to their own DRM for future releases. Maybe there is someone in there that is listening to what some eyes-wide-shut people in the industry amusingly refer to as "the vocal minority"!
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