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Ubi DRM only limits consumers "that actually PAY for their games"
Posted: 25.05.2010 13:16 by Simon Priest Comments: 5
Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche Studios is no friend to "ridiculous DRM" affirms studio boss Christofer Sundberg. Customers suffer, not pirates.

Piracy has "scared the market" into DRM like Ubisoft's 'always-on' system. PC titles should be "treated as separate projects" to deliver equal quality.

"Games have become a luxurious form of entertainment and piracy has scared the market to start implementing ridiculous DRM solutions that only limits the consumers that actually PAY for their games, not stopping the pirates," Sundberg told CVG.

There has been an outpour of outrage over Ubisoft's decision to force gamers to have an always-on Internet connection in order to play their latest PC releases, despite some games like Assassin's Creed II only supporting singleplayer anyway.

"As PC sales constantly dropping, they are a small group of very dedicated PC players who deserves a game designed for them and I strongly believe that PC games and console games are two completely different games."

Keep those camps separate argues the Avalanche boss, to make sure both are getting the quality they each deserve to play.

"If we constantly keep on delivering console ports and not games design for the PC player, the PC market will suffer from bad sales, piracy and bad DRM solutions."

"I strongly believe that most PC players are online players and online games are so much easier to design that we both protect the developer against piracy - and the consumer against a limited game experience," he continued on.

"I wish that future PC projects are treated just the same way as we would treat Wii, PSP or DS - they are treated as separate projects in order to deliver a different but equally entertaining experience to all players."

Just Cause 2 used no such DRM method for its PC release and still managed to sky rocket to the UK number one spot in March. Find out why in our chaos loving review.

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Comments

By endwar1234567890 (SI Veteran Newbie) on May 25, 2010
endwar1234567890
Thank you Avalanche, Ubisofts DRM sucked you could barly play the games you buy but the pirates cracked the DRM of Conviction right away. Anything can be hacked all the hackers would say.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 25, 2010
herodotus
"Keep those camps separate argues the Avalanche boss, to make sure both are getting the quality they each deserve to play." Just say 'NO' to multi-platform.

"most PC players are online players...". No they're not. If you polled PC gamers, as you should you would find that SP is the predominant game choice, which does not require online connection. Otherwise, I fully support the rest of the statement from Sunberg.

@endwar
Ubisoft's DRM might "suck" for 90% of gamers, but I don't think it does (and nor do any with broadband connections). It is only the first step that we will see many Publishers and Devs taking to secure PC games, if they indeed keep supporting them.
The hackers have proved their point, whatever stupid and childish reasoning they may have, but they are not clever nor creative. Hackers are a serious problem in the Internet age, and Pirates are a blight on the face of gaming.
As one leading Hacker-turned-hacker-catcher says:
"The only solution to Hackers is to shut down the Internet completely".
By Orv (SI Core) on May 25, 2010
Orv
The "most PC players are online players..." claim has me a bit baffled too.

Speaking for myself, it's not that I don't like playing online... it's that the vast majority of multi-platform releases offer a poor online experience.

I definitely agree with the bulk of the article.
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on May 26, 2010
BoneArc
Hero , That is true . Hackers can Hack about Absolutly Anything .... even Phones .the only Solution is to Stop the Internet . But thats impossible !
hackers are Not Just "Parasites" like alot of people say , They are The most talented Programmers and Coders of our Day . They hack because either The Game sux , They dont have money , or they see a challenge .

Hackers are not to blame .
By noobst3R (SI Core) on May 26, 2010
noobst3R
+1 to Avalanche Studios!