Ubisoft Scraps Its ‘Always-On’ DRM on PC Titles

Ubisoft has confirmed that it is no longer employing its much-hated “always-ondigital rights management software for its PC titles, and in fact discontinued using it some time ago.

In an interview with RPS, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perotti, said that PC games only require a one-time online activation in order for them to work, not a persistent Internet connection as some previously did.

“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,” she said.

The always-on requirement allowed Ubisoft to verify that titles aren’t pirated copies, but of course the requirement to always be connected to the Internet can be irritating for paying customers. Perotti said that, of course, online games and online multiplayer will still require a persistent connection, but in the case of Assassin’s Creed III, for example, players should be able to access single-player modes without an Internet connection. You’ll still need to connect to the Internet the first time you boot up the game for a one-time activation, though.

It’s nice that Ubisoft is listening to players who feel like they’re the ones being punished in Ubisoft’s battle against piracy. Now if they’ll just do something about those month-long PC release delays….

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3 Comments on Ubisoft Scraps Its ‘Always-On’ DRM on PC Titles


On September 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

Definitely a sign of the Apocalypse, it is 2012 after all.


On September 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

Sounds good. Hopefully they’ll be able to spend more time on the game and less time on its DRM. I never had any technical issues with Assassin’s Creed, but it seems a lot of people did.


On September 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Yes, but you see now they will tie all of their games to UPlay so we will have yet another Distribution platform we have to install.