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Driver & From Dust To Feature 'Always-On' DRM [UPDATE]

Jonathan Lester
Driver, DRM, From Dust, Ubisoft DRM

Driver & From Dust To Feature 'Always-On' DRM [UPDATE]

Here We Go Again

Ubisoft's controversial DRM that requires gamers to maintain an unbroken internet connection while playing proved to be immensely unpopular following the PC release of Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter V. Not only that, but it was cracked within weeks. You'd think that the rampant public condemnation would have been enough to make Ubi shelve the programme for good... but it looks like the system is set to make a comeback.

From Dust and Driver: San Francisco will be sporting the 'always on' DRM if their Steam listings are anything to go by, even though the former is a fully singleplayer experience. We hope that Ubisoft has found a balance between identifying pirates and suddenly killing games in progress due to unavoidable network lapses... but don't hold your breath.

UPDATE: Ubisoft has officially denied that From Dust will feature the DRM. No news on Driver as yet, though.

UPDATE 2: From Dust released... and it features the DRM.

UPDATE 3: Ubisoft has removed the DRM. Seriously now, make your minds up.

Add a comment5 comments
W00t  Jul. 28, 2011 at 11:55

I do wonder why you report news that is weeks old.

JonLester  Jul. 28, 2011 at 12:03

I think you'll find that this story is doing the rounds at the moment thanks to the confirmation on the recently-updated preorder pages.

Patera  Jul. 28, 2011 at 12:28

This sort of nonsense just makes me say no thanks and look for piracy options. I was looking forward to From Dust, it was a game that I thought might be worth voting for with my wallet. Now if I choose to play this game, it will be voted for still but mainly just as a number on some random bit torrent sites tracker....

woot1  Jul. 28, 2011 at 16:02

I think you'll find, the steam page has always included the info about being perm online as with several other DD sites, just because someone posted this in the steam forums does not make this new.

robovski  Jul. 29, 2011 at 01:26

I was interested in From Dust, nowo far less so. Driver was probably gooing to be a PS3 buy for me anyhow but again I don't feel like reqarding this stupid behaviour.

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