Why Ubisoft's 'Always On' DRM is a Bad Idea

February 3, 2012 -

Destructoid points out in this story that Ubisoft's plan to take down servers next week shows why "always on" DRM is a bad idea. During the maintenance the publisher has planned next week, any game that has "always online" DRM will not be playable. That means that legitimate copies of games won't work. Which games will be broken next week? Owners of PC games such as HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6, and The Settlers 7; owners of Mac titles including The Settlers, Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell: Conviction; and any other games that require a login to a DRM server.

Also affected will be all online modes for various games.

Ubisoft will start transitioning its online services from on February 7 but did not say when the process would be complete.

Source: Eurogamer by way of Destructoid


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They don't have a backup server to run while they're doing maintenance?  Or, since I'm sure they are running on more than one server, they can't do maintenance on just one/a few at a time and leave the rest running?  They have to take the entire system down and leave their paying customers unable to play those games for a whole week?

And they wonder why people pirate.

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I'll still pirate it if its a good game or get it on the cheap a few months after launch when new prices are even under 30$. I find the prices falling so low I can't reist but to buy it.

But hell its hard to buy a PC game these days as with all the bugs its less frustrating to just get the console version as it tends to run better than a PC game on medium settings on a good rig least thats what I am finding out with AAA games..... ><

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.




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This really shouldn't be surprising anybody, since exactly this was repeatedly predicted as soon as the "always on" thing was announced.

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Thanks to DRM, legitimate customers cannot play their games but pirates can.

Smooth, Ubisoft.  Real smooth.


Andrew Eisen

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The worst part about this is that this maintenance will only serve to accelerate piracy of Ubisoft games.  So much for protecting company interests...

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I leave it there...

I was deadly serious when I posted that. I haven't bought a Ubisoft game since (as much as I liked Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed 2); and have no plans to do so in the future. I wouldn't even pirate or accept a free copy from Ubisoft themselves. It's not worth it.

Papa Midnight

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This is why I didn't buy The Settlers....I really wanted to buy the game but like most PC Gamers I don't want to buy a game loaded with DRM I cannot work. PC Game Makers wonder why they are losing sales it's because of this. Honestly, screw pirating now. I am older if I don't like a game I'll speak with my pocketbook...

But it's funny a pirated game now runs better then the legit copy. In the 90s and early 00s any pirated game or warez game was loaded with viruses. You knew what you were getting into but with the advent of DRM and gaming developers who work with Graphics card companies to make it to where you can't play a PC game unless you have the current approved sets of a graphics card even if you're is a newer model (Think Empire Earth II) they wonder why people gave up on PC Gaming.

Diablo 3 is going to consoles, why? Because people are not interesting in an only online mode!

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