Ubisoft DRM is 'a good strategy' - Namco

It's better to do something than nothing at all, says VP

Ubisoft's controversial DRM system is "a good strategy" - but only because there is not better alternative, says Namco Bandai Partners VP, Olivier Comte.

Speaking to CVG in Barcelona this month, the Namco man argued that until something better is invented, the Ubisoft system - which requires a constant internet connection - is what the industry has to run with.

"I will be very honest. I think it's a good [approach] for one reason: I have no alternative today," he said. "Is the best one? Certainly not but as of today if I can make something else I'll do it, but it's better to do something than not do something.

"At the moment they are doing a good strategy," he said.

However, Comte - who's company is set to release Test Drive Unlimited 2 and The Witcher 2 on PC - digressed to add that the industry has "to put another system in place".

"We are analysing all of the situations. We have seen what Ubi and EA are doing, we've seen what Sony have announced for PS3 and it's clear that we need to make some choices," he said.

"I'm convinced that whatever system you put in place you can be sure that two hours before putting it out it'll be cracked in Russia. I think that the combat against piracy is very complicated because it's very complicated to explain to a 12-year-old that drag and dropping a file on a PC is piracy - he was born with this."

Comte's comments are in stark contrast to those of Christofer Sundberg, head of Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche. He
told CVG this week of his belief that Ubisoft-style DRM "punishes legal gamers".

Look out for the full interviews with both Comte and Sundberg on CVG soon.