Assassin's Creed II PC's DRM Sounds As Pleasant As A Stab In The Neck

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We've known for sometime that Ubisoft's plans to curb piracy on the PC will include a required internet connection to play the publisher's games, including the upcoming release of Assassin's Creed II. But we didn't know it was this unsavory.


We've known that there is no "off-line" option, as clearly specified in Ubisoft's online services Q&A and that, should your internet connection be interrupted at any time while playing, it's unplayable until that connection is restored. But PC Gamer's hands-on experience with Assassin's Creed II and Settlers VII sounds worse than we'd expected.

"If you get disconnected while playing, you're booted out of the game," PC Gamer's Tom Francis writes. "All your progress since the last checkpoint or savegame is lost, and your only options are to quit to Windows or wait until you're reconnected."

And if you have a rock solid, up 24/7 connection? There's still potential bad news, as "any time Ubisoft's 'Master servers' are down for any reason, everyone playing a current Ubisoft game is kicked out of it and loses their progress."

To be clear, that's PC Gamer's experience with the PC version of Assassin's Creed II, not ours. We've reached out to Ubisoft reps to get comment on the report. They initially directed us to the online services Q&A linked earlier and promised a forthcoming statement. We'll update when that happens.

Constant net connection required to play Assassin's Creed 2 on PC [PC Gamer]



So the thing to do, I think, is not to simply boycott the product or pirate it, certainly not to buy the product and then crack it. No, I think it would be best to send them a message, literally, explaining why you're not buying their game. Without it they're apt to interpret lack of sales being a sign that their title was pirated or that PC gaming is dying to console migration.

There are several e-mails listed on their corporate site here: [] and with some rather simple extrapolation the high profile members of the development and production team and be added following the format [first name].[last name]

Write them a message detailing your position and be respectful. Make it clear you intend not to purchase their product, why, and that you have no intention of escalating the situation by pirating the game. Simply state plainly and calmly that your sale was lost in light of news of the DRM on the product and that you will be spending your dollars on other PC games. Who knows, with enough messages speaking plainly and rationally about real sales being lost and why maybe they'll come around eventually.