Some Ubisoft PC Games Won’t Work This Week Thanks to DRM
Hey, guess what: Ubisoft’s draconian DRM is going to prevent you from playing some of the PC games you purchased from the publisher this week. Even the single player. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
The trouble is that Ubisoft is migrating some servers around, and in doing so, it’s taking servers offline. Of course, the company uses those servers with its always-on digital rights management software that’s installed in many of its PC and Mac titles to verify that you’re not some filthy pirate bastard whenever you want to play one of their titles. Since you need to actively connect to those servers in order for Ubisoft to check you out, you can’t play the games you bought this week with the servers offline. It’s as if the TSA had a holiday — it shuts down the entire airport terminal.
Expect Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7 to be among the PC titles that won’t work this week. For Mac users, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell Conviction and The Settlers will be on the list of things you can’t play that you paid for.
Multiplayer is also going to be widely affected no matter what platform you use. Expect issues across lots of different games, and even better, Ubisoft hasn’t given any information as to how long the migration could take. We’ll post updates on the situation as they become available.