Ubisoft Plans to Scrap ‘Always-On’ DRM

Ubisoft has today announced that it plans to remove its ‘Always-On’ DRM (Digital Rights Management) for future Ubisoft PC Releases, starting with Assassin’s Creed III.

In an interview with RPS (Rocks, Paper Shotgun) Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perlotti, revealed its future plans for DRM and confirmed that games will only requrie one activation, with an option for the games to be installed on multiple devices and most importantly the games will not requrie constant internet access.

“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,”

Previous Ubisoft titles had minimal activations, meaning that the game could only be installed a handful of times – additionally once the game was installed you had to have a constant internet connection in order to be allowed to play the game. If the connection was lost the game would close, or in some games crash, stating that you did not have a legitimate copy of the game.

While Ubisoft plans to remove this ‘Always on DRM’ with Assassin’s Creed III, they confirm that in order to access online content a constant internet connection, when playing the game, will be required, but fans can enjoy the single player without an internet connection.

“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. 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.”

DRM has always been an issue with PC Gamers, however Ubisoft’s was one of the worst so its nice to hear that something will be done in order to improve the service PC Gamers receive.