For its last few big PC releases, publisher Ubisoft thought it was a good idea to force users to stay connected to the internet at all times. It wasn't, people got upset, and the company's next big release won't do it.
The upcoming PC release of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (which was released on console last year) will only ask that users be connected to the internet once, when first installing the game. After that, the singleplayer portions will be entirely playable in offline mode.
It's a little sad that in 2011 we have to trumpet a return to normalcy as something to be cheered, but this is the video games industry, and sometimes the video games industry is just messed up.
Brotherhood will see its belated PC release on March 17 (March 18 in Europe). If you'd like to check out its specs, you can see them on the game's Steam site.