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Ubisoft 'always on' DRM is here to stay

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Apr 2010 14:48 User comments (27)

Ubisoft 'always on' DRM is here to stay According to an interview with Eurogamer, Ubisoft has said today that their "always on" DRM is here to stay and the developer will continue to "evolve and improve" it as gaming evolves.
"Most forthcoming Ubisoft PC titles will use our online services platform," said a spokesperson speaking about the DRM. "As with any online technology, we are constantly working to evolve and improve it."

The controversial DRM makes it so gamers must stay online at all times or not be able to play their games. If the Internet ever cuts out, or the Ubi servers go down, gamers are returned to the main menu, unable to play.

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27 user comments

19.4.2010 15:37

I bet within a day Ubisoft will go bankrupt cuz of this and more games will be pirated just so even legit players on the PC can play the games.

29.4.2010 16:36

THIS is the kind of DRM that deserves to be cracked.

39.4.2010 17:09

and when the games don't sell , who will be blamed? the pirates or the idiots that came up with this idea

49.4.2010 17:37

bye bye ubisoft

59.4.2010 17:46

I have a feeling they're not gonna go bankrupt anytime soon...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Apr 2010 @ 17:46

69.4.2010 18:14
ukhn99
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Azuran:
I have a feeling they're not gonna go bankrupt anytime soon...
But if they do go bankrupt, i will feel sorry for all those b*stard who bought their game legally and will not be able to play. Well at least they have some new paper weight. lol.

79.4.2010 19:53

Ok I am all for trying to prevent piracy but this DRM is ridiculous. If a game does not require play over the internet then you should not have the internet to play. If it is not an MMO or something similar then why is this required.

89.4.2010 20:49

Originally posted by bobiroc:
Ok I am all for trying to prevent piracy but this DRM is ridiculous. If a game does not require play over the internet then you should not have the internet to play. If it is not an MMO or something similar then why is this required.
Exactly! Copy protection is one thing and validating for online play is understandable, but to require this sort of DRM for a locally-played game is just stupid. What if you want to play it on a laptop that has no WiFi available?

99.4.2010 21:20
WierdName
Inactive

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by bobiroc:
Ok I am all for trying to prevent piracy but this DRM is ridiculous. If a game does not require play over the internet then you should not have the internet to play. If it is not an MMO or something similar then why is this required.
Exactly! Copy protection is one thing and validating for online play is understandable, but to require this sort of DRM for a locally-played game is just stupid. What if you want to play it on a laptop that has no WiFi available?
What if you're at a crappy motel that charges $1 per MB?

109.4.2010 22:20

Originally posted by ukhn99:
Originally posted by Azuran:
I have a feeling they're not gonna go bankrupt anytime soon...
But if they do go bankrupt, i will feel sorry for all those b*stard who bought their game legally and will not be able to play. Well at least they have some new paper weight. lol.

119.4.2010 22:25

Originally posted by turtlekha:
Originally posted by ukhn99:
Originally posted by Azuran:
I have a feeling they're not gonna go bankrupt anytime soon...
But if they do go bankrupt, i will feel sorry for all those b*stard who bought their game legally and will not be able to play. Well at least they have some new paper weight. lol.

i gotta agree cuz a month ago i bought like 40 bucks in games from the PSN on my sign in, on my PSP, 2 weeks later i bought some more games, on my sign in, for my PSP, but this time using the media go program offered by Sony, and VIOLA i can no longer play those games. so the DRM stuff has either gotta get a huge overhaul or im gonna brick there front window like that old lady in the tire ads

129.4.2010 22:43

I do not understand the point of aggressive DRM, its one thing to check stuff in the back ground when online then stop the game if the key is bad,turn the online stuff off if not activated or offline, its another to say you must jump through these arbitrary hurdles continuously....


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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139.4.2010 23:54

Originally posted by WierdName:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by bobiroc:
Ok I am all for trying to prevent piracy but this DRM is ridiculous. If a game does not require play over the internet then you should not have the internet to play. If it is not an MMO or something similar then why is this required.
Exactly! Copy protection is one thing and validating for online play is understandable, but to require this sort of DRM for a locally-played game is just stupid. What if you want to play it on a laptop that has no WiFi available?
What if you're at a crappy motel that charges $1 per MB?
I consider UNREASONABLE WiFi the same as "no WiFi available." ;-)

1410.4.2010 2:34

I guess I won't be getting assassins creed 3...or at least I won't be paying for it :)

1510.4.2010 4:23

Wait until the first users bring a lawsuit on the doors of ubisoft because of their own rights infringment. I mean...if I buy a game to play and I do not want to use the internet or I do not have internet at home I should be able to play it however and whenever I like without such hussle. I would not be so confident that Ubisoft will sell its games with this kind of DRM well. Look what happened to other games using draconian DRM in the past. The backlash on AMAZON and other sites was amazing...the least people can do is complain and give poor reviews of the games on Amazon and the likes...

1610.4.2010 8:52

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I do not understand the point of aggressive DRM, its one thing to check stuff in the back ground when online then stop the game if the key is bad,turn the online stuff off if not activated or offline, its another to say you must jump through these arbitrary hurdles continuously....
It's all the alaborate scheming plan of UbiSoft to keep their sheep coming in. Yes, this is good for your PC, always on at your convinence so we can monitor what you do/say at all times! (sarcasm)

1710.4.2010 9:06

Originally posted by blueboy09:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I do not understand the point of aggressive DRM, its one thing to check stuff in the back ground when online then stop the game if the key is bad,turn the online stuff off if not activated or offline, its another to say you must jump through these arbitrary hurdles continuously....
It's all the alaborate scheming plan of UbiSoft to keep their sheep coming in. Yes, this is good for your PC, always on at your convinence so we can monitor what you do/say at all times! (sarcasm)
Well I wont have to worry about it since its hacked. :P

1810.4.2010 12:44

Not purchasing Ubisoft games ... here to stay.
I'm sorry, but due to an unexpected mental error in judgement by Ubisoft the public is forced to dis-able the purchase of Ubisoft titles until logic and common sense is restored.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
Sincerely,
Intelligent Buyers

1910.4.2010 13:12

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by blueboy09:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I do not understand the point of aggressive DRM, its one thing to check stuff in the back ground when online then stop the game if the key is bad,turn the online stuff off if not activated or offline, its another to say you must jump through these arbitrary hurdles continuously....
It's all the alaborate scheming plan of UbiSoft to keep their sheep coming in. Yes, this is good for your PC, always on at your convinence so we can monitor what you do/say at all times! (sarcasm)
Well I wont have to worry about it since its hacked. :P
ROFLMAO

2011.4.2010 5:43
Sparq
Unverified new user

Originally posted by aralerm:
Wait until the first users bring a lawsuit on the doors of ubisoft because of their own rights infringment. I mean...if I buy a game to play and I do not want to use the internet or I do not have internet at home I should be able to play it however and whenever I like without such hussle. I would not be so confident that Ubisoft will sell its games with this kind of DRM well. Look what happened to other games using draconian DRM in the past. The backlash on AMAZON and other sites was amazing...the least people can do is complain and give poor reviews of the games on Amazon and the likes...
There is no infringement of rights going on here, there will be no lawsuit. However this sort of DRM is FAR too aggressive. I could understand checking the CD every startup when an internet connection is available, but requiring a constant connection is somewhat pathetic. The reason I play single player games is because I don't always have a connection to the net; this sort of DRM is a tad too far-fetched and will more than likely get a major overhaul by Ubisoft once they start losing sales.

2111.4.2010 23:04
God 2.0
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Sparq:
Originally posted by aralerm:
Wait until the first users bring a lawsuit on the doors of ubisoft because of their own rights infringment. I mean...if I buy a game to play and I do not want to use the internet or I do not have internet at home I should be able to play it however and whenever I like without such hussle. I would not be so confident that Ubisoft will sell its games with this kind of DRM well. Look what happened to other games using draconian DRM in the past. The backlash on AMAZON and other sites was amazing...the least people can do is complain and give poor reviews of the games on Amazon and the likes...
There is no infringement of rights going on here, there will be no lawsuit. However this sort of DRM is FAR too aggressive. I could understand checking the CD every startup when an internet connection is available, but requiring a constant connection is somewhat pathetic. The reason I play single player games is because I don't always have a connection to the net; this sort of DRM is a tad too far-fetched and will more than likely get a major overhaul by Ubisoft once they start losing sales.
Depends on your location. I'm fairly certain they would lose a suit regarding this in Australia

2211.4.2010 23:56

Originally posted by WierdName:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by bobiroc:
Ok I am all for trying to prevent piracy but this DRM is ridiculous. If a game does not require play over the internet then you should not have the internet to play. If it is not an MMO or something similar then why is this required.
Exactly! Copy protection is one thing and validating for online play is understandable, but to require this sort of DRM for a locally-played game is just stupid. What if you want to play it on a laptop that has no WiFi available?
What if you're at a crappy motel that charges $1 per MB?
What if you've got an unreliable internet connection? How many people can say their home connection never drops out suddenly?

2312.4.2010 0:29
WierdName
Inactive

Originally posted by nevdka:
Originally posted by WierdName:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by bobiroc:
Ok I am all for trying to prevent piracy but this DRM is ridiculous. If a game does not require play over the internet then you should not have the internet to play. If it is not an MMO or something similar then why is this required.
Exactly! Copy protection is one thing and validating for online play is understandable, but to require this sort of DRM for a locally-played game is just stupid. What if you want to play it on a laptop that has no WiFi available?
What if you're at a crappy motel that charges $1 per MB?
What if you've got an unreliable internet connection? How many people can say their home connection never drops out suddenly?
How many people can say their hardware/power is completely reliable aside from the internet connection, especially those who live in areas with bad weather?

2412.4.2010 2:37

DRM is here to stay ..............

Here I am NOT BUYING any ubisoft games ....... LMAO

2512.4.2010 7:25

I like how Ubisoft keeps trying to justify by saying that DRM is here to stay. They can say that all they want, they are just hurting themselves.

2613.4.2010 0:45

Most people just don't care, and they won't care until all of their games are always-on DRM, and the companies that sold the titles start charging to access the DRM servers. Even then, no one will do anything about it. Our only hope is that an army of hackers repeatedly attacks the ubisoft servers to the point that they are forced to issue no-drm patches...and I doubt that is going to happen.

2721.4.2010 1:56

Sigh... Ubi has some nice new games I'd like to buy but this DRM makes me not. Well time to support the cracker scene once again, or rather keep supporting it since I use cracks on most legally aquired games aswell since CD/DVD swapping is a pain in the ass...

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