Please support Game Informer. Print magazine subscriptions are less than $2 per issue


Ubisoft Unconvincingly Responds To DRM Fears

by Adam Biessener on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:57 AM

In a response to website Ars Technica, a Ubisoft spokesperson clarified the situation with the company's upcoming anti-piracy measures. While games protected by Ubi's new digital rights management software will not boot you out at the first stutter as feared, they will pause as they try to reestablish a connection. If that is impossible, whenever you get back into the game with a stable connection to Ubi's servers, you'll restart from your last checkpoint (in the case of Assassin's Creed 2) or save (for Settlers 7).

"Our online services platform will require a maximum of 50kbps of available bandwidth, so even with the slowest connection, gameplay won’t be affected," the publisher told Ars Technica. It's a good thing I never max out my download capability by downloading demos, betas, digitally distributed games, or with someone else in my house streaming video...oh wait.

I remain unconvinced that this DRM solution is going to be anything but a giant pain in paying customers' behinds. As always, Ubisoft has every right to defend its software from piracy however it sees fit. Would you buy games defended with this kind of DRM? Is the draw of Assassin's Creed 2 enough to get you over the hump?