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Driver: San Francisco DRM Relaxed

The Ubisoft Forums have word that Ubisoft has reconsidered the plan to use their unpopular always-on DRM in Driver: San Francisco, and players will not be required to be connected to the internet to play the upcoming open-world driving action game (thanks Shacknews). Here's the announcement:

We've heard your feedback regarding the permanent internet connection requirement for Driver and have made the decision to no longer include it. 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.

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6. Re: Driver: San Francisco DRM Relaxed Aug 18, 2011, 12:17 Mastaba
 
Not good enough. You still have to login with their server to when you launch the game. They are just letting you disconnect afterwards to continue playing offline. So you still ain't going to play Driver: San Francisco on a plane unless you start the game before you board, login into ubi auth servers, go into offline mode, hibernate the laptop, board plane, then wake laptop at appropriate time. And that's assuming Driver can even handle a hibernating laptop without requiring reauth at wake-up. Or what if I lose internet connectivity, then I still can't play single player because I can't login at game launch time. That's just dumb.  
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