Piracy is the source damage faced by games publishers, and recently news sources revealed Denuvo DRM is compromised in less than 5 days. What would be next now, this was the most challenging DRM protection that now seems to plunge against piracy.
Ubisoft has just announced that Driver San Francisco PC gamers will no longer need a persistent internet connection. The publisher however confirmed that the game will still require a single online activation.
In an interview to Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubisoft said, "We've heard your feedback regarding the permanent internet connection requirement for Driver and have made the decision to no longer include it,"
"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."
Driver San Francisco will launch on September 2 for Xbox 360, PS3. The PC version of the game will launch on September 27.
Ubisoft has just a while ago confirmed that Driver: San Francisco PC version requires constant Internet connection to play.
The news was confirmed on game's official Twitter account. A fan asked questioned Ubisoft on this matter, to this community developer Mathieu Willem said, "PC version requires permanent internet connection."
Well this is really shocking decision from Ubisoft to bring back the controversial DRM system in Driver: San Francisco.
Crytek, developer of upcoming Sci-Fi shooter Crysis 2 has defended their decision to make use of DRM in its game by claiming that most fail to notice it.
In an interview to GameShark, executive producer Natham Camarillo said, "I know there's a lot of negative feelings toward DRM, but, I mean, what are we supposed to do? The actions of a few are causing maybe a mild inconvenience for others.
"If I'm playing a game and it has DRM on it, do I notice? Not really. I just know that there's something going on, but doesn't really enhance my play experience. So, it's something that we'll have to look at in the future."
Just a month before Crysis 2 launch PC build of the game got leaked online. Crytek and EA in a joint statement said, "Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community."
No DRM for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood?, yes that's what you figure out by looking at the Steam page for the game, it doesn't mention the developer's always on PC DRM. This leads to speculation that the most controversial system might have been completey dropped for the game.
However as said above, its just a speculation because on the Assassin’s Creed II page the requirement of having a permanent connection is mention in bold letters.
Ubisoft is not yet commented on this. So stay tunned for more updates on it.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for PC will release on March 17 in United States, and on March 18 in United Kingdom.
UPDATE: In an interview to VG247, a Ubisoft Representative has officially confirmed that Brotherhood PC version, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode.
The controversial anti piracy "DRM" from Ubisoft which was released last year for gamers PC gaming, was constant in the titles of the French company, accompanying the launch of games like Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell: Conviction, The Settlers 7, Silent Hunter 5 and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
The most critical point of this DRM by users was the obligation to be permanently connected to the Internet to play, otherwise the game would be blocked until connection again.
Now according to the reports coming out, it seems that this restriction has been removed by Ubisoft for PC games, as the aforementioned titles are able to be executed by users without the need to be permanently connected to the Internet. The protection system now seems to be limited to an initial validation to start the game.
Ubisoft declined to comment anything about it for now, and it is unclear whether this "change" is only temporary and if re-apply in future PC games.