While certainly not the only publisher to impose draconian DRM on their PC titles that only serve to hurt legitimate consumers, Ubisoft has nonetheless built up a bit of a bad reputation among PC gamers for their “always-on” DRM.
If you were considering holding off on buying Assassin’s Creed Revelations for fear of the same DRM, however, here’s some news that should make you happy: Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Revelations will ship on PC sans always-on DRM.
Ubisoft confirmed the news to Rock, Paper, Shotgun earlier this morning, saying that instead of having to worry about your internet connection working every second you play, you’ll only have to worry about it once. Once you’ve completed the one-time activation process, which will require an internet connection, you’re free to play offline to your heart’s content.
Ubisoft may not have an incredible track record with PC gamers, especially after that whole From Dust ordeal, but at least they’ve decided to back down on their aggressive anti-piracy stance for at least one of their games this year.
That isn’t to say that it’s not understandable that Ubisoft wants to protect their IP – that’s entirely understandable, and anyone who says that piracy on the PC platform isn’t a problem would be lying. Still, going about your DRM in a way that severely inconveniences legitimate users is not the way to do it.
It remains to be seen if Ubisoft has finally learned that lesson, but you can at least take comfort in knowing that at least you’ll be able to play Assassin’s Creed Revelations offline as much as you want. Hey, it’s a step in the right direction.
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun