news\ Sep 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Ubisoft forgoes always-on DRM for PC games

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Due to complaints, Ubisoft has ditched the always-on digital rights management for its PC games.

Players criticized the anti-piracy effort, which required them to be online for their games to work.

According to an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubisoft did away with the measure months ago — back in June, said the company's worldwide director of online games, Stephanie Perlotti — but hasn't made it official until now.

"We have listened to feedback," said Perlotti, "and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline."

Ubisoft's previous stance meant that if an internet connection dropped, players would be kicked out of the game, losing any unsaved progress they made.

Players can also activate games on as many machines as they want.

In July of last year, Ubisoft told PC Gamer that the DRM had caused "a clear reduction in piracy."

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