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Today publisher Ubisoft unveiled its new solution to DRM on the PC. The new DRM will not rely on CD checks or installation limits, but rather a simple online authentication that features a ‘cloud’ service that stores saved game online.

The one draw back to Ubisoft’s new system is that you must authenticate every time you wish to play a game. That means there is no offline support.

Brent Wilkinson, Ubisoft’s director of customer support, stated, “We think most people are going to be fine with it. Most people are always connected to an Internet connection.”

The new DRM system will make its debut during the closed beta test of Blue Btye’s city-builder The Settlers 7.

I don’t know how I feel about this. At first I was thinking that Ubisoft was shooting itself in the foot by eliminating offline play. After thinking about it for a bit, I realized that I never am offline. What do you guys think? Is offline playable a major concern for gamers now a days?


  1. When it comes to PC gaming, I pretty much use Steam exclusively (unless it’s indie and I can’t get it there). So this isn’t anything new to me, since Steam needs internet access for the same reason.

  2. Well Steam has an offline mode (in contrast to Ubisoft’s new DRM), where after you’ve activated a game you are able to play it offline.

  3. Steam all the way.

    Clouds or not, piracy will remain. I give it a week after the first release of a game like this. Good luck Ubi, good luck.

  4. I guess it’s just a matter of how many people are generally not connected to the internet all the time. I guess there’s not a lot, but I’d love to see some statistics.

  5. It was just a matter of time till this happened. I’m never offline though, so this won’t be an issue for me at all.

  6. You know what this means? SETTLERS 7!!!!! WOOHOO!

    Oh, about the DRM… It was bound to happen

  7. I’m sure there will be a lot of griping and moaning about it, however with Steam becoming more and more popular, people are generally accepting the need to be online to play games.

  8. @Alex: isn’t it up to the publishers whether their games work in offline mode? Cause I know some stuff needs an authentication connection every time and other stuff doesn’t. I think it depends on whether they use Steam’s anti-cheat stuff or not.

  9. avatar Marr

    Er… Is no-one else seeing a future here where you fire up an old favourite, and all your saves are gone, or it just plain refuses to run? Companies don’t support their back catalog for very long. Also, they go out of business.

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