Ubisoft games to not work next Tuesday when servers go down

So, wait, why is DRM suppose to be a good thing again?  I don’t think any customer these days agrees with DRM, especially the kind that makes you play single-player games online.  That’s the sort of silliness that you will finally get to see play out the way slippery-slope proponents have said it would.

“When you make all the games require an internet connection, then what happens when Ubisoft’s servers go down?”  People once asked.

Well, turns out they were right to ask it.  Next Tuesday any Ubisoft games that have the sort of DRM that requires you to be online at all times will be affected.  Games like HAWX, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, The Settlers 7, Heroes 6 and any other single-player game will be affected by the downtime.  And to make it just a little worse, there’s no speculation on how long this will actually last.

For those unfamiliar with the situation, Ubisoft had at one time (and to a certain extent still does) installed a certain software DRM client that checks to see if you are online and must contact the Ubisoft server to verify the legitimacy of your game and will keep contacting it every few minutes.  You must be connected to the internet at all times to be able to play your game.  Its like if you went to a bar, they checked your ID to see if you were the legal age and then kept coming back to you every 10 minutes to see if you’re still the same age or not.

And to top it all off, the pirates, you know those guys that Ubisoft is directly targeting with its DRM, will be able to play all of these games just fine.  Oh the sweet sweet irony.


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About Ryan Saul

Hailing from Portland, OR I work by day and blog by night. I like to consider myself a video game connoisseur, playing as many new things as I can get my hands on. Its hard to hold me down to one game for very long before I move on to the next big thing. Luckily, that works pretty well in terms of video game blogging.

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