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Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication

Ubisoft is going to require an internet connection to Ubi.com to play its PC games as it looks to protect games from piracy, reports GameSpy, where they offer details on the plan, which they liken to Valve's online authentication through Steam. This will also involve online saved games handled through the cloud and unlimited activations: "If you own a hundred PCs, you can install your games on a hundred PCs," explains Brent Wilkinson, Director, Customer Service and Production Planning at Ubisoft. They asked if Ubisoft was concerned with potential backlash from gamers concerned over being required to be online to play, but Wilkenson seems unconcerned: "We think most people are going to be fine with it. Most people are always connected to an Internet connection."

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11. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:51 Wildone
 
They dont exactly make good games anyway. I hope UBI people are reading this.  
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10. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:48 Darks
 
Overon wrote on Jan 26, 2010, 10:27:
Imagine this, a ubisoft game that requires login into their drm online system, and a login to games for windows live, playing over a steam login. Like a rotten oninon, you peal back the layers and it keeps stinking.

could'nt have said it better, Ubisoft can suck a big one. I for one wont be purchasing any game that requires this.

Another lose for Ubisoft!
 
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9. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:43 Lokust
 
Like the pirates won't figure it out and have a ripped version in less than a week anyway. What a waste of resources.  
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8. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:27 Overon
 
Imagine this, a ubisoft game that requires login into their drm online system, and a login to games for windows live, playing over a steam login. Like a rotten oninon, you peal back the layers and it keeps stinking.  
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7. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:23 spindoctor
 
Verno wrote on Jan 26, 2010, 10:15:
Depends on if there is any method of local saving or not. If not then it would to be emulated and that would be very difficult.

Not having local saves would be suicidal for them. Yes, it's true that most people are connected to the internet 24/7, but they wouldn't be stupid enough to deny access to the game if a user's net went down or they had server issues/maintenance etc. I think the cloud saves are more of a additional, convenience feature (and a welcome one at that) rather than a necessity.

As long as their implementation is rock solid, I don't think I'd mind it much. The thing is, services like this usually have intial teething problems that can last for months. Steam had a lot of issues back in 2004... GFWL has been plagued with problems all of last year. When these types of things just work as they should, the overhead is negligible and overall it's fairly unobtrusive. The shit really hits the fan when something goes wrong and the user is left trying to figure out how to get the game they paid for to work. So, like I said, I hope they test the hell out of the service before rolling it out.

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6. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:22 Veinman
 
Seems much like Steam, but if there is no offline mode than to hell with that. Internet connections are not always on. The concept of paying for property and then not actually getting to use it (something DRM and digital distribution promote all the time) is really astounding.  
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5. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:21 Omni
 
nin wrote on Jan 26, 2010, 10:15:
I'm trying to think of the last UBI game I bought, and I'm drawing a blank. Maybe R6Vegas? And that was like 2006?

So I'm not exactly worried...

Yea with that shit they are pumping out I really dont care much for there so called "authentication" since I never play any of there games.
 
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4. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:15 nin
 

I'm trying to think of the last UBI game I bought, and I'm drawing a blank. Maybe R6Vegas? And that was like 2006?

So I'm not exactly worried...
 
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3. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:15 Verno
 
Depends on if there is any method of local saving or not. If not then it would to be emulated and that would be very difficult.  
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2. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:10 Paketep
 
Oh, and this will do shit to combat piracy. If anything, it will create more piracy. But they now it and they're doing it anyway, so fuck them.  
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1. Re: Ubisoft Plans Mandatory Online Authentication Jan 26, 2010, 10:09 Paketep
 
So they went from no protection (PoP, HAWX) to this BS?. Was it really so bad for them?. Doubt it.

I will certainly not buy from them like this. I tolerate Steam (badly), and that's it.
 
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