Ubisoft, faced with a groundswell of opposition to the copy protection in the PC version of Driver: San Francisco, has announced that the game will not require a constant connection to a server in order to play. Players will no longer be required to have a constant internet connection in order to play the game, but they will still need to sign in online at the game’s launch.
"We’ve heard your feedback regarding the permanent internet connection requirement for Driver and have made the decision to no longer include it," said a statement from Ubisoft on the matter. "So this means that Driver PC gamers will only need to sign in at game launch but can subsequently choose to play the game offline."
Hopefully this will be a lesson learned by Ubisoft about "always on" DRM schemes. Consumers do not like them and don't want them in their PC games. Driver San Francisco for Windows will be released September 30. The game will hit Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii on September 2.