Game News: Ubisoft Have Abandoned Always-Online DRM

In a move that will be music to the ears of gamers everywhere, Ubisoft’s head of online services has revealed that the company has radically reversed its policy in the last year with regard to PC gaming – and that always-online DRM for Ubisoft games is no more.

Speaking to Rock Paper Shotgun, Stephanie Perotti explained: “We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline.”

And in another interview over at PCGamesN, Perotti confirms that the company’s policy is “currently that we only require one-time online activation upon installation of a new PC game, to validate the purchase of the game. It’s a pretty standard, industry-standard way of protecting your IP, but all games released since that date…follow that new policy, and do not require an always-on connection to play the offline part of the game. Obviously if you want to access multiplayer, of if you want to access online services, you have to be connected. There’s always the option to play offline.”

Ubisoft’s demands that PC gamers maintain a constant internet connection while playing their titles – even in single-player mode – have long been a source of immense frustration among consumers, with widespread complaints surrounding the anti-piracy tactic. Only last year the company maintained that its DRM measures were proving incredibly effective in combating piracy, but this U-Turn implies that customer feedback has led them to abandon their controversial policy.

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