Ubi decides: No More Always-On DRM
In a new interview with RockPaperShotgun, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perotti, has come forward to say that the publisher will no longer be using their annoying DRM that needed a permanent internet connection to play, even in singleplayer. According to Perotti, this has been on their minds for quite some time already and they actually haven’t been using it for some time any more:
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.”
Only thing you’ll need is a single activation after install, and you’ll also be able to install games on as many machines as you want:
“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.”
You can check out the entire interview here.
Although it’s a good thing Ubisoft has backed down from their original stance regarding the need for a permanent internet connection, you can wonder how much difference it will make in reality. The publisher is clearly focusing more and more towards free2play when it comes to PC games, so the entire point regarding requiring only one-time activation may quickly be a thing of the past anyway…