Patch Removes From Dust Always-On DRM from Steam Version

After much needling from the Internet and PC gaming community, Ubisoft has finally removed the always-on DRM it included in the version of From Dust available for download on Steam.

The notes on the patch, available now, are available here. An Ubisoft spokesperson originally confirmed through a forum before the game’s launch that From Dust wouldn’t require an Internet connection to play, but that proved false when the game became available. Many took this as an outright lie on Ubisoft’s part, and it led to a pretty weak reception of the game following the month-long delay from the game’s release on Xbox Live. Steam was even reportedly issuing refunds for From Dust to upset users.

To be fair, the DRM was extremely intrusive. It not only required an Internet connection to play the game (by way of an Ubisoft Uplay account), but it also saved games to Ubisoft’s servers rather than locally, further forcing players to remain online in order to experience Ubisoft’s god sim. That wasn’t a problem for me because I didn’t really like it, but some people were upset.

So hooray! Victory! You can now play From Dust without having to be tethered to a Wi-Fi hotspot, just like Ubisoft said two months ago.

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