As some are saying, it’s a start. Apparently, there’s a patch that will now stop games like Assassin’s Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction needing a constant internet connection, a legal patch which still requires you to be connected for authentication purposes.
It was a controversial move to begin with that caused a tsunami of complaints from PC gamers on a global scale, now it seems maybe Ubisoft have looked at the PC sales of ACII and SCC and realised they’re not as impressive as they could have been.
Strangely enough, this comes at a time when VAT in the UK is about to go up to 20%, so my advice is, it’s probably best to order Assassin’s Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction now to beat the VAT increase and save a few pennies, although, buying online means games usually come from a place that doesn’t adhere to UK tax duties and therefore, won’t be affected.
So, there you go. At least this will improve Ubisofts image a little and not make them out as the nasty monsters people saw them as when the over-the-top DRM was first introduced and caused quite a few to boycott the company and their games, let’s hope that this is the last we’ll see of unnecessary measures to stop pirates circumventing software… like it stopped them anyway.
- Ubisoft Relaxes DRM Restrictions on Certain PC Titles (escapistmagazine.com)
- Ubisoft updates PC game DRM to be less draconian (geek.com)