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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Ubisoft Introduced a Tool to Drop DRM Requirement

Ubisoft Introduced a Tool to Drop DRM Requirement

Ubisoft Introduced a Tool to Drop DRM Requirement

Added: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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DRM requirement may have been the most ill-advised form of copy protection since the Sony Rootkit scandal. However, currently the Ubisoft is reported to release a patch for different games, including Assassin’s Creed 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction, which are affected by “always on” DRM. The new tool doesn’t require a constant broadband connection any longer, but still needs a connection every time the game is launched.

It was 6 months ago that Ubisoft made headlines over a DRM system, which was ultimately backed off, choosing to use Steam. The controversy over the DRM started when a number of games required a constant broadband connection. Although the DRM was called a breakthrough in stopping piracy, it all went downhill from there for the company. Just 24 hours after the moment of official game release, its copy protection was cracked, enabling the illegal downloading and playing of the game anyway. Meanwhile, lots of users and observers pointed out that the constant connection was really degrading, especially for those with flaky broadband connections. As a result, it turned out that users of the pirated version of the game enjoyed smooth action, while users with legal copies would have the game freeze whenever their Internet connection gave out. Of course, fans of the game were furious to feel themselves less free than pirates.

Meanwhile, it went even worse when the servers responsible for the DRM eventually went down, locking out legal gamers but not affecting pirates. In other words, Assassin’s Creed 2 probably went down in history as a bright example of how copy protection can ruin the gaming experience.

Now, Ubisoft is reported to release a patch for its games having the “always on” DRM. In short words, the patch removes the requirement for a constant broadband connection, only leaving the necessity of having a connection for launching the game. Thus, after users boot the game properly, they can shut off their broadband connection and enjoy the game.

Most industry observers agree that Ubisoft finally took a step in the right direction, but no-one can deny that the damage has already been done for users who keep thinking that the company’s games simply don’t work. In fact, most users are rightly sure that requiring a broadband connection for playing a video game, even in a single player mode(!) is just ridiculous.

January 5th ,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-01-05 11:16:15)
madwiggyNLD avatarlol tnkx for this funny read ubisoft failed with there crazy drm

posted by Blocked (2011-01-05 11:53:42)
menahunie avatarI remember mass-effect doing the same stupid thing; needing a connection just to play the game on your pc. I have friends sitting in Podunk desert areas couldn't play the stupid game because of this connection requirement. I was told many of these game disks were used for target practice..
The real problem as my opinion is the stupid prices they demand 40-70.00 dollars and three months later you find the same game in the ten dollar bin....
The game companies are still trying to do what the MPAA and RIAA are doing; screw the fans with stupid prices and nuke them if they "download" it.
If they sold the game at 10-20.00 they will make much more money this way. This has already been proven by other game companies.

posted by (2011-01-05 19:20:21)
madwiggyNLD avatarlucky i downld 1st play the game and if its worth ill buy at discount some were
only 2 type game ill buy when they hit the store that were codmw2 and codBO. NFS shift is the next on my list

posted by (2011-01-05 19:20:36)
madwiggyNLD avatarshift2 i mean lol!

posted by (2011-01-07 03:59:03)
No avatari bet they're making some super DRM for brotherhood.

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