In an interview with RPS, due to go live in a few hours, Ubisoft’ worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perlotti, has said the Ubisoft has officially stopped using ‘always-on’ DRM and will not implement it in future games.
“We have listened to feedback,” he said, “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.”
Previously Ubisoft titles required players to be online at all times whilst playing — if your online connection dropped out the game would stop. It’s long been thought of as one of the most counter-intuitive, punishing forms of DRM conceived. Now it looks as though all Ubisoft games will require one simple activation, and players will then be allowed to play the game they’ve purchase on or offline.
Great news, and the right decision all round.
The full interview is set to up on RPS in a couple of hours.
Ubisoft Scrapping Always-On DRM For PC Games [RPS]
My opinion of ubisoft just nudged a little closer to the positive side of the spectrum.