Ubisoft Slightly Relaxes DRM on Driver: San Francisco

Ever since Ubisoft announced that the PC version of Driver: San Francisco would use their oft-maligned always-on DRM, PC gamers have been railing against the decision. Today, Ubisoft says that they have “listened,” but have they really?

In a statement to RPS, Ubisoft had this to say about the game’s DRM scheme:

We’ve heard your feedback regarding the permanent internet connection requirement for Driver and have made the decision to no longer include it. So this means that Driver PC gamers will only need to sign in at game launch but can subsequently choose to play the game offline.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t address the big concern most PC gamers have, which is being unable to play the game from a place without an internet connection. Instead, this is a move by Ubisoft that seems to be strictly PR-related; something so they can say, “We relaxed the DRM just like you asked us to,” without actually relaxing the DRM. Sure, you don’t have to worry about a brief internet interruption causing you to lose progress now, but you still can’t play the game at your grandmother’s house while you’re visiting for Christmas.

Someday, in a not-too-distant future, games will all be DRM-free. Until then we’ll have to put up with more of this sort of thing. Sigh.

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