to join the CVG community. Not a member yet? Join now!

Ubisoft abandons always-on DRM for PC games

Publisher won't return to controversial system, exec confirms

Ubisoft has scrapped the controversial always-on DRM system often used for PC versions of its hit franchises, the publisher has confirmed.


Ubisoft's worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perlotti told RPS that from now on the Assassin's Creed 3 publisher will only require a one-off online activation for its PC titles, with no limits on installation or how many PCs can be activated.

Previously Ubisoft's DRM meant that games couldn't be launched without an internet connection, and if players happened to lose connection mid-game they'd suffer a termination of gameplay with unsaved progress often lost.

Perlotti explained that Ubisoft's new stance on DRM has actually been in affect for some time, as seen in Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

"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."

Summarising the new position, Perlotti used Assassin's Creed 3 as an example:

"Whenever you want to reach any online service, multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play," she explained.

"But if you want to enjoy Assassin's Creed III single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want."