Since its launch, Assassin’s Creed 2 for the PC has been beset by server issues and outages so severe that Ubisoft is trying to make it up to their "patient" fans.
According to a story on Gameindustry.biz, users have gotten emails from Ubisoft offering free DLC for the game. If players bought the collector’s edition, which already had the DLC, they are being offered a free downloadable game from the list of Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X, Heroes over Europe, Tom Clancy’s EndWar and Prince of Persia.
The server problems apparently have been caused by hackers upset with Ubisoft’s new DRM policy. According to the story:
During the attacks legitimate owners of new PC titles such as Assassin’s Creed II were no longer able to play their games. However, Ubisoft claim that 95 per cent of players remained unaffected in the most recent attacks and that games using the DRM technology have not yet been cracked by pirates.
EA has instituted a similar DRM scheme with Command & Conquer 4. We’ll have to see if hackers have been just as upset with them.