RUSE drop-kicks publisher Ubisoft's game-strangling anti-piracy software

Publisher Ubisoft’s ridiculous proprietary anti-piracy software, which requires a constant connection between your PC and Ubisoft’s servers, will not be applied to the company’s upcoming real-time strategy game, RUSE. The game will instead use the Steamworks API created by distributor/developer Valve. You will still have to activate RUSE online, but a constant connection to Steam’s servers isn’t required, which is a big improvement over the Ubisoft system.

The reasons for Ubisoft’s decision to let RUSE stray outside the steely gaze of the company’s proprietary DRM appear to be pragmatic. Steamworks provides community management and matchmaking features that the developers of RUSE won’t have to spend as much time designing and testing now, which frees them up to finish the core game.

This isn’t a sign that Ubisoft’s executives have found their hearts, however. The company, anticipating that someone could mistake this announcement for intelligent thought or a permanent move to discard its draconian anti-piracy system, has already stated that other future PC games will continue to use the hated constant-connection DRM system.

Aug 12, 2010

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  • theemporer - August 13, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    @LIKEYOUCARE I don't care.
  • LIKEUCARE - August 13, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    To put it midly... as a PC gamer, I boycott Ubisoft... as a PS3 gamer, I rent or buy their games used or wait some time till they get in bargain bins!
  • LIKEUCARE - August 13, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    So, this game get's loosed on the draconian DRM but other Ubi titles won't? WTF is going on there?!? Ubi should just shaft this shitty DRM that's truly a disgrace on their part. Heck, they should just stop developing for PC all together...
  • FriendlyFire - August 12, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    It's a shame that such great devs get hampered by such horrible execs.
  • robovski - August 12, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    I might actually buy a PC version of the game now. Shame some of my money would still go to Ubisoft though.

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