Ubisoft On The Campaign Trail Over New PC DRM Measures

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Ubisoft's new digital rights management setup on the PC sounded bad, then in practice, sounded even worse. That can mean only one thing: damage control!

Seeking to clarify comments made by PC Gamer magazine, suggesting that users would need a constant internet connection to keep playing singleplayer games, Ubisoft told Ars Technica "As long as you do not quit the game, the game will continue to try to reconnect for an unlimited time. Once the game is able to reconnect, you will immediately be returned to your game".

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"Where exactly you are reconnected in the game may differ from title to title. Settlers 7 reconnects at the exact point where the connection was lost, AC2 reconnects you at the last checkpoint (and not the last auto save, as indicated in the CVG article). There are many checkpoints so you're back to the point where you got disconnected in no time."

Ubisoft also explained that if you experience a temporary drop-out (say, a couple of seconds), the game won't be affected, and that the DRM connection only needs 50kps to function, so even if you're on dial-up, you should be OK.

Does that clarify things? Yes. But just because it's clear, doesn't mean it's OK...

Official explanation of controversial Assassin's Creed 2 DRM [Ars Technica]

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Again Ubisoft clearly missing the point.

The argument about dropped connections was only a small offset of the real issue here. People are not always in a situation where they can be constantly connected to the internet or have access to a connection at all.

When i go to my parents house in the countryside they switch their router off at night times. When i travel with work i am often in hotel rooms that i don't want to pay for internet access just so i can play some ubisoft game.

Stop blaming piracy for loss of sales. Start blaming your terrible games and bad pricing strategies and shabby story writing.

I am a customer who purchased Avatar. YES THATS RIGHT ubisoft. I purchased Avatar. I honestly feel like i should be getting Assassins Creed II for free, hand delivered by ubisoft's CEO after putting up with that shockingly dull and poorly put together experience.

I have also purchased Far Cry2 on PS3, Xbox 360 and finally on Steam when the stupid DRM was removed from it.

I am also a customer who has lots of other choice of better games from better companies who don't treat me like a criminal when i am the one purchasing these game.