Ubisoft axes always-on DRM for PC games

Publisher finally drops controversial and restrictive requirements

French publisher Ubisoft has dropped it's controversial DRM for PC games that required the user to have an always-on internet connection.

According to a report by Rock Paper Shotgun, the service was dropped in June but only officially acknowledged now by Stephanie Perlotti, worldwide director of online games.

"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," she said.

Ubisoft's decision to drop the always-on requirement will please many gamers angered by the service that restricted play in a bid to combat piracy. Games from the publisher can also now be activated on any number of PCs.

Perlotti clarified the decision using the forthcoming Assassin's Creed III as an example, stating: "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."

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Latest comments (13)

Tim Swan Founder, Evryway7 years ago
Hopefully this will lead to more sales for Ubisoft. I haven't purchased any of their titles since they imposed their DRM regime.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 7 years ago
Just when Diablo3 was doing the opposite, being extremely successful doing it. Almost as if the game mattered more than the DRM scheme.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 7 years ago
We have listened to feedback
If you listened to feedback ages ago, the system should have been axed from day one or perhaps even not launched at all.
But hey better late than never right?
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gi biz ;, 7 years ago
@Tom: we were lucky enough to be able to release Ruse without that DRM. Apparently Steam was enough for that so yeah, give it a shot ;)
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Good for them. Not often we see a comapny going back on their bad decisions.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 7 years ago

I was about to say that my steam copy of that game did not seem to have the Ubisoft DRM. Otherwise i would have not bought it along with Wargame (which i prefer over Ruse)
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd7 years ago
And in related news, I'm now willing to buy Ubisoft PC games again. Good for them for changing, even if it took way too long. I do hope it leads to increased success.
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Andrew Animator 7 years ago
I think I'll buy Anno 2077 tonight :)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew on 5th September 2012 1:45pm

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James Prendergast Research Chemist 7 years ago
Headline: Ubisoft axes always-on DRM from games
Subline: Switches to browser-based delivery

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 7 years ago
Thank you god, you have made UBI SOFT see the light... seriously its a step in the right direction, since i wont purchase any game with always on DRM, no matter how good it is.
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Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios7 years ago
One thing that I wonder whether or not it was mentioned... Is the DRM integrated into the game itself, or does the user have to create a Uplay account and activate the game on Uplay? Is this the case, or is it just like another SecuRom where you just put the key in when you launch the game and go?

If it's with Uplay, I wonder if they're doing some sort of auto activate scheme then letting it go offline. Does anybody know where we could find this info? Instead of having to look around for an hour to find it.
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Pier Castonguay Programmer 7 years ago
And the loop turn around. I swear I saw this exact news article when they released Prince of Persia (the cartoon one) with no DRM a few years ago after it had failed for AC.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Pier Castonguay on 5th September 2012 4:40pm

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Private VIdeo Games 7 years ago
What exactly failed for AC PC? The *always on* DRM wasn't around when AC came out on PC.

Let's also remember that OEM leaked AC well in advance of it's shelf

I personally don't see why everyone cried so much about the DRM but it's a personal choice.
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