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Assassin's Creed II for PC Locked Down by DRM

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 145 comments

Some of you are going to hate this.

While some game publishers are getting a little more customer-friendly with its DRM efforts, Ubisoft has fused some pretty strict protection-schemes into its upcoming games that could cause some big headaches for PC gamers.

Last month Ubisoft revealed a new service that requires gamers to be signed in to a custom account and connected to the internet in order to play games.

PC Gamer UK received its review copies of Assassin's Creed II and Settlers VII and reported that the games aren't at all friendly towards gamers with shoddy internet connections. "If you get disconnected while playing, you're booted out of the game. All your progress since the last checkpoint or savegame is lost, and your only options are to quit to Windows or wait until you're reconnected," the site reported.

This means that any gaming session of Assassin's Creed II you may have running can be taken down by your ISP failing, your wireless signal being weak, your router on the blink, or simply just someone pulling any number of plugs. Even worse, what happens when Ubisoft's Master servers are down?

Ubisoft's seemingly restrictive service does have a few benefits: it can sync your save games with the Ubisoft cloud so you can retrieve them from anywhere; and you're allowed to install the game as many times on as many PCs as you want (but you can only sign in at one machine at a time).

Ubisoft offered comment in an earlier story regarding its online-always service:

The platform requires a permanent Internet connection. We know this choice is controversial but we feel is justified by the gameplay advantages offered by the system and because most PCs are already connected to the Internet. This platform also offers protection against piracy, an important business element for Ubisoft and for the PC market in general as piracy has an important impact on this market. Any initiative that allows us to lower the impact of piracy on our PC games will also allow us to concentrate further effort to the creation and expansion of IPs for the PC - our goal is to deliver the best gaming experience to our customers, anywhere, anytime."

What's your take on this new DRM scheme?

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    kingnoobe , February 18, 2010 11:13 PM
    It's simply drm, and will be cracked. DRM for single player games are simply stupid. Simply another game hurting legit users, while making pirates laugh.

    DRM's don't keep honest people honest. They have a tendency to turn honest people into pirates cause they don't want to have to deal with the crap. Seriously most pirates couldn't crack anything, but we can hit download, extract, install, profit.
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    ahnilated , February 18, 2010 11:17 PM
    Yet another game I won't purchase with these kinds of restrictions.
  • 30 Hide
    gnookergi , February 18, 2010 11:30 PM
    People don't buy games that are a restrictive.
    DRM makes games restrictive.
    Therefore, people don't buy games with DRM.
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  • 28 Hide
    logitic , February 18, 2010 11:08 PM
    To bad the game will only be in DX9 for PC's. Way to drop the ball...
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    4745454b , February 18, 2010 11:11 PM
    Why did they build this instead of just using Steam? Sounds almost the same as steam. Not sure if I can play my single players games without a steam connection though. I haven't tried loading a game then pulling my NIC cable.
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    kingnoobe , February 18, 2010 11:13 PM
    It's simply drm, and will be cracked. DRM for single player games are simply stupid. Simply another game hurting legit users, while making pirates laugh.

    DRM's don't keep honest people honest. They have a tendency to turn honest people into pirates cause they don't want to have to deal with the crap. Seriously most pirates couldn't crack anything, but we can hit download, extract, install, profit.
  • 31 Hide
    ahnilated , February 18, 2010 11:17 PM
    Yet another game I won't purchase with these kinds of restrictions.
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    curnel_D , February 18, 2010 11:22 PM
    Two guesses to pick who's not buying this!
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    curnel_D , February 18, 2010 11:24 PM
    4745454bWhy did they build this instead of just using Steam? Sounds almost the same as steam. Not sure if I can play my single players games without a steam connection though. I haven't tried loading a game then pulling my NIC cable.

    Steam isn't anywhere near this bad, and I don't buy steam games as a matter of principal either.
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    cielmerlion , February 18, 2010 11:24 PM
    I think the only ones who benefit from this are pirates. I am always surpriz.ed at how little these companies learn
  • 19 Hide
    STravis , February 18, 2010 11:26 PM
    I might be upset if I was interested in playing this game - however all my hardware would go to waste on this nonsense.

    Am I just old? I haven't found a really good games lately...I find myself much more interested in pounding away code on the keyboard....
  • 17 Hide
    festerovic , February 18, 2010 11:27 PM
    LOL@ nightskeeter, you got me worked up, I checked, it's the game guide thats 14.99! The game is 36.99.
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    Shadow703793 , February 18, 2010 11:28 PM
    4745454bWhy did they build this instead of just using Steam? Sounds almost the same as steam. Not sure if I can play my single players games without a steam connection though. I haven't tried loading a game then pulling my NIC cable.

    Single player works fine with or Internet connection on Steam.

    At any rate, 01100110011101010110001101101011 (
  • 25 Hide
    Shadow703793 , February 18, 2010 11:29 PM
    Quote:
    Our goal is to deliver the best gaming experience to our customers, anywhere, anytime."

    Complete BS!
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    gnookergi , February 18, 2010 11:30 PM
    People don't buy games that are a restrictive.
    DRM makes games restrictive.
    Therefore, people don't buy games with DRM.
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    Shadow703793 , February 18, 2010 11:31 PM
    stravisI might be upset if I was interested in playing this game - however all my hardware would go to waste on this nonsense.Am I just old? I haven't found a really good games lately...I find myself much more interested in pounding away code on the keyboard....

    Agreed, all the new PC games now are just cr@p. And most of the games over all, are just cr@p. There haven't been any good (esp. multi player) fps games like HL2, Quake, etc for a long while now.
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    obiown77 , February 18, 2010 11:31 PM
    What a dumb move, they just caused an increase of piracy of this game by 22.45%, before it was even released!
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    dupaman , February 18, 2010 11:33 PM
    NightskeeterThere's literally no point in this game going to PC if it's just DX9.

    How bout to run at a res higher than 720p?

    More on topic, this is a brutal DRM system. What if you want to play some single-player games (s/a this one) on a laptop while traveling without internet access?
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    cheepstuff , February 18, 2010 11:33 PM
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    and you're allowed to install the game as many times on as many PCs as you want (but you can only sign in at one machine at a time).


    SUCK THAT CONSOLES!!! oh wait
    /sarcasm

    this restrictiveness is starting to get obnoxious though. PC gaming would probably be better of right now if it wasn't for all of the pirates who sit in a corner and blame random garbage to justify stealing. and look at who is suffering for their unwillingness pay for stuff.
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    STravis , February 18, 2010 11:33 PM
    obiown77What a dumb move, they just caused an increase of piracy of this game by 22.45%, before it was even released!


    lol... can you show the math that resulted in the 0.45%? :) 

    (FYI love the post)
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    jfem , February 18, 2010 11:37 PM
    This is not good, I usually play games offline.
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