Ubisoft announces impending removal of controversial DRM from PC port of From Dust

Ubisoft has announced it will be removing DRM from the PC version of From Dust requiring an Internet connection before the game can be launched, the company told players via the game's forum. The measure, part of Ubi's persistently controversial scheme to have players authenticating games whenever they're played, is being removed after many players reported issues which prevented them from playing the game. However, Ubisoft says the check can't be removed immediately – but this time, the delay is for players' benefit.

While the extremities of Ubisoft's notorious DRM – which would require players to maintain a constant Internet connection, even when playing offline – were said to be LINK scaled back for the upcoming Driver: San Francisco, the measure has plagued the release of From Dust. Meanwhile, word around the internet is that Steam is offering refunds to players unsatisfied by with From Dust’s PC iteration.

The title, an adventurous experiment by Out of This World designer Eric Chahi, first rewarded curious PC players by threatening to demand a constant connection – but even when this was reduced to checking only at the game's launch, the measure proved problematic, and is now being phased out in an upcoming patch. The patch will be released once measures have been put in place to preserve the saved games of existing players, ensuring that the title can hopefully be enjoyed as God – which, in this case, means “you” – intended.

Aug 24, 2011

Source: Gamasutra


  • Redeater - August 24, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Ok what the hell?? Has Ubisoft not learned their lesson yet? It seems I have read this exact same headline with different ubisoft games a few times already.
  • lilspooky - August 24, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    I bought from dust b/c i thought they took out the DRM. I wouldnt have bought it knowing it was still in there. I havent had any problems with it. Im just not a supported of that kind of DRM for a single player game. It is also fishy that UBISoft lied and edited the forums about From Dust's DRM.
  • amesh321 - August 24, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    i'm in the same boat. i only bought the game because i thought there was no drm. i skipped on settlers 7 for the same reason. i'm pissed off it has the drm when they said it had only a 1 time activation. i'm done with ubisoft. Steam isnt helping either. if you look at where they mention the drm its hidden away within the (C) tags at the very bottom almost completely faded into the background.
  • Hydrohs - August 24, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    I didn't have any trouble playing it myself, but I'm glad they're removing it nonetheless. If I ever wanted to play it while I was away from a connection I'll actually have the option to now. DRM never works for what it's intended anyway.
  • rabidpotatochip - August 24, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    Yay, I guess? I mean, I should be happy about this, but the flip-flopping is a little unsettling. I've said it before, I'll say it again: the pirates never have to be online to play. (N.B. I'm not advocating piracy or even trying to rationalize it, my point is that DRM is a headache for those of us who do things by the book.)

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