RUSE dumps Ubisoft DRM

RTS adopts Steam, can be played offline

Ubisoft has officially dumped its controversial DRM for upcoming real time strategy game, RUSE.

Instead the game will use Steam, which means that players won't have to be logged on to the internet to get going with the single player campaign.

"When R.U.S.E. is released in September, it will benefit from Valve's Steamworks API to offer the best community experience to players," Ubisoft told CVG.

"Consequently, a Steam account and Internet connection will be required to activate the game, as per Steam policy.

"For this reason, R.U.S.E. will not use the Ubisoft protection. Single player can be played offline," the publisher added.

Ubisoft's DRM came under fire some months ago from players and certain sections of the industry. In May Just Cause 2 dev Avalnche said that the approach 'punishes legal gamers'.

Namco VP Oliver Comte on the other hand said that Ubisoft were making the best of a bad situation and that its DRM was a good approach because there was no better alternative at the moment.