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Ubisoft officially drops always-on DRM. Won't strictly admit it was a mistake, but drops it anyway

In a turn of events akin to the Munchkins' realisation that the Wicked Witch of the East had taken up a new career as a building foundation, long-protesting PC Gamers can today celebrate the official death of Ubisoft's never-popular always-on DRM policy.

A new interview over at the ever-lovely Rock, Paper, Shotgun with Ubi's worldwide director for online games Stephanie Perotti (in conjunction with the company's corporate communications manager Michael Burk) reveals that no longer will PC players of Ubisoft's games be required to maintain a constant internet connection to the company's servers in order to play, nor will they suffer the kind of limits previously seen on the number of possible installations of any given game.

"We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline."

Perotti stops short of admitting any regret or mistake, however, stating instead when questioned, 

"We’ve listened to feedback, we will continue to listen to feedback, we will continue to make sure that we deliver great games and great services, and are now operating under this policy."

Head over to RPS for the rest of the interview, which also discusses Ubisoft's often staggered console and PC game release schedule, as well as the mysterious never-revealed numbers which backed its previous anti-piracy policy. And don't forget to drop a line in the comments on whether this admission will change your attitude towards Ubisoft's PC games in the future.

16 comments

  • Molrokenlov - September 5, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    Hooray! Now I can buy Far Cry 3!
  • Malakie - September 5, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    Well I will be damned! I was one of those original people that bitched about this publicly and stated emphatically I would NOT buy another UBISoft product if or until they changed this policy. Looks like I can now look at future UBISoft products if this is indeed true.
  • mbavalo - September 5, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    Now isn't that just nice... when I start venturing into PC gaming this happens :)
  • jackthemenace - September 5, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Well, it's nice to see something like this- Not just always-on DRM, which- since I don't play PC games- doesn't bother me, but that companies DO actually take feedback on board and give fans what they want, even if it is a little late. And they won't admit they've actually done anything wrong. Still, it'd be nicer if Bethesda, instead of releasing continually buggy games and then apologising profusely without fixing the problems, released PERFECT games, but every time Oblivion/Skyrim/Fallout 3/New Vegas came up in an interview, they just started humming over the top of it and stuck their fingers in their ears, denying the games existences.
  • FoxdenRacing - September 5, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    I think I've seen entire buckets of worms squirm less than the interviewees. They got caught lying on so many things...including the '95% piracy rate' that didn't pass the sniff test the other week. It's 95% 'in specific high-piracy markets' [likely Russia and China], not overall. Call me cynical, but I doubt this has anything to do with listening to customer feedback...and everything to do with being in so much financial pain that they could no longer ignore the possibility.
  • pawn - September 5, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    Ding dong! The DRM is dead! The DRM is dead!
  • demigod2195 - September 5, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    do you accept ritualistic human sacrifice
  • BladedFalcon - September 5, 2012 5:52 a.m.

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  • BladedFalcon - September 5, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    Oh you asshole :P
  • Redeater - September 5, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    Finally! If they actually believe that bullshit fact about piracy being 95% then they should have fucking clued in long ago that their DRM isn't doing shit.
  • Shinn - September 5, 2012 5:37 a.m.

    The trouble with strict drm is that it doesn't even slow pirates down, it just pisses off legitimate customers. Now I just need valve to implement a way to access my content when my internet goes down (from NZ)
  • system1988 - September 5, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    JOY TO THE WORLD THE DRM BITES THE DRM BITES THE DUST TONIGHT!
  • FreezeRay - September 5, 2012 5:21 a.m.

    Some faith in humanity has been restored. ATTENTION ALL OTHER COMPANIES: see what they are doing here? more of this please.
  • Reubenguy - September 5, 2012 5:10 a.m.

    Good

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