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Ubisoft DRM Relaxed?

A story on Reddit offers screenshots demonstrating Assassin's Creed 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction being played in offline mode, leading to the conclusion that Ubisoft has made changes to their draconian DRM scheme, which previously required a constant internet connection to play Ubi's games. They say players still must be online in order to begin games, but apparently are no longer required to stay online after launch and authentication. Thanks Joao via PC Gamer.

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39. Re: Ubisoft DRM Relaxed? Dec 31, 2010, 23:55 HugeJerk
 
This is more likely to eliminate the extra customer service workload caused by gamers getting a momentary drop in their connection who don't realize why their game suddenly stopped working.

I don't see their system as having any positive effect for sales.

Pirates will still wait for a crack. A portion of potential customers will avoid the purchase (or wait for a heavy discount) because of the DRM scheme. And finally, there is the extra cost of maintaining all the DRM servers and bandwidth for players connecting.

Is there really a large enough amount of "potential-pirates" that would just buy the game instead of waiting for a crack... because that's all that DRM can have a positive sales effect on.
 
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