Ubisoft’s DRM schemes are some of the most restrictive in the business, often requiring that PC gamers remain connected to the Internet the whole time they’re playing, or risk getting kicked back to the desktop. Live in a rural area? Too bad. On a train or any other place with an unstable connection? Sorry, not good enough. And it’s not just online multiplayer that’s gone – you can’t even look at the menu without having a solid internet connection.
Now, Ubisoft is migrating some of its DRM servers, and of course everything’s gone terribly wrong. While they at least had the decency to let owners of some of its games know that they wouldn’t be able to play again until the servers were running once more (such a kind thing to do…), they also mistakenly took several other games offline as well, which they previously had claimed would be unaffected.
That means players of Anno 2070 and Driver: San Francisco will join those of Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2, Might and Magic Heroes VI, The Settlers, and The Settlers 7 in not being able to play until the servers are re-migrated. When will that be? No one knows, as Ubisoft haven’t announced that particular detail.
Until then, gamers for those titles will have to exist in an uneasy limbo – and hopefully enjoying their chance to play other games that don’t have such a stupidly restrictive DRM ‘solution’.
This article was written by William Judd, a freelance copywriter and tech journalist. William writes for MobileFun.co.uk, the UK’s leading online retailer of Skylanders merchandise, including the Skylanders Triple Pack G and the Skylanders Triple Pack H.