February 18, 2010
In an effort to combat rampant PC software piracy, majority of Ubisoft's upcoming PC titles will now require players to have a constant internet connection. The first title to utilize this new DRM method will be Assassin's Creed II which ships next month.
As detailed in Ubisoft's FAQ on the subject, if a player loses internet connection while playing, the game "will pause while it tries to reconnect." If a connection cannot be found after some time, the server stores your last saved game, which can only be resumed once there is a reconnection. Ubisoft says this will apply to all game modes.
Players will also be required to register a Ubisoft account in order to login and play.
There are some benefits to this type of service, Ubisoft says. For one, there is no limit to how many times a game can be installed on one or more machines. Once installed, the game disc will not be require to play, either. Also, saved games are synchronized to your account online, meaning players can continue from any machine that has the game installed.
Is Ubisoft's new anti-piracy method too extreme?
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