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Ubisoft 'always-on' DRM for Driver: San Francisco altered a bit
Posted: 18.08.2011 11:55 by Simon Priest Comments: 10
In a further development for PC Driver: San Francisco on the DRM front, Ubisoft has "heard your feedback" that it's not liked and so will "no longer include it."

Hooray! Ah, wait a minute. No - that's a big steaming pile of non-truth (a lie). It will still require you to "sign in at game launch", but then your Internet can die.


Basically you still need an Internet connection to play Driver: San Francisco on PC - that's the bottom line, but at least if you do lose your connection it won't boot you out. It's hardly listening to the 'feedback' of the community though and still punishes consumers.

“We’ve heard your feedback regarding the permanent internet connection requirement for Driver and have made the decision to no longer include it," said a Ubisoft representative. Notice that after this statement your PC gamer heart fluttered a little?

Here's where the shoe drops so-to-speak: "So this means that Driver PC gamers will only need to sign in at game launch but can subsequently choose to play the game offline.”

People who want to play on their fancy gaming laptop are still out of luck if you happen to be outside of the Internet's reach. Pirate copies of the game are of course devoid of this horrendous DRM as only paying consumers must put up with it.

Remind us how the pirates are the ones getting the short straw Ubisoft? Driver: San Francisco releases on Xbox 360 and PS3 September 6th, on PC the 27th.

Source: RPS

Comments

By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Aug 18, 2011
FoolWolf
"Remind us how the pirates are the ones getting the short straw Ubisoft? "
They can't - they make shit up and then try to sell it to us by the latest hype hoping we are too much of sheeples to argue.

No way ubi - you have zero credibility with me!
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 18, 2011
unsilviu
DRM is useless, only hurting the paying customer. A pirate gets the game easily off the internet, and just boots it up, there are people that crack these fancy DRM's like kids in a candy store.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 18, 2011
nocutius
Well at least they listened, better late than never.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Aug 18, 2011
FoolWolf
...too bad they didn't act upon their words. Slight change - steal a dealbreaker. They listen - they just do't care. Try to do as little changes as possible to get away with the main feature anyway...
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 18, 2011
nocutius
well the change really is not very big but it is something. Obviously i'd prefer if you didn't need to login at all just to play single player.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 18, 2011
unsilviu
Well, this isn't all that bad, considering there are many games out there that require first-launch authentication. What made Ubisoft stink for me was the fact that if your internet gave up, the game booted you out. It's still DRM, and therefore bad, but not bad-bad.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 18, 2011
nocutius
It's not just the first launch, but every launch. At least that's how i read it. Still very intrusive, but like you said it doesn't kick you out anymore.
By neilmike (SI Core) on Aug 19, 2011
neilmike
oh just f*** off ubi and i can't be bother with this shit..
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Aug 19, 2011
FoolWolf
With this other crap going on: http://goo.gl/aXB3b

UbiSoft is bloody well pissing me off. I broke my Boycott with Assassins Creed - Brotherhood - wanted to give that the benefit of a doubt. But now - no thank you and goodbye Ubisoft - you are not getting any less piracy because the ones complaining are the ones buying and trying to run your games - the pirates and console guys just laughs and continues.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 21, 2011
herodotus
Still a sore point with everyone Ubisoft, and no matter how you spin it, it's DRM and not a pretty one (folks do play SP away from the internet, Ubergreed).