DRM Change for AC Brotherhood

VG247 reports on changes in the Ubisoft DRM for the upcoming Windows version of their stealth/action sequel, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. Though the game will still require an internet authentication on startup to play, it will not require a constant internet connection while playing the single-player campaign, which will prevent some of the save game issues caused by previous versions of the DRM. A Ubisoft representative told them this: "The PC version of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode." Thanks Joao.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 20:11
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 20:11
Feb 23, 2011, 20:11
 
killer_roach wrote on Feb 23, 2011, 18:18:
wtf_man wrote on Feb 23, 2011, 09:32:
If you are right... great.

But that's not the way the article reads. It reads that you have to authenticate EVERY time you launch... and someone else in this thread said a rep from Ubi confirmed that.

We really need clarification.
But I'm pretty sure it's "Authenticate each time you launch".

A couple of other sources I've read online have said that it's only for the first time the game is launched. Wish I had the links offhand, but I don't...

I'd bet the wording is intentionally vague.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 18:18
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 18:18
Feb 23, 2011, 18:18
 
wtf_man wrote on Feb 23, 2011, 09:32:
If you are right... great.

But that's not the way the article reads. It reads that you have to authenticate EVERY time you launch... and someone else in this thread said a rep from Ubi confirmed that.

We really need clarification.
But I'm pretty sure it's "Authenticate each time you launch".

A couple of other sources I've read online have said that it's only for the first time the game is launched. Wish I had the links offhand, but I don't...
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 09:32
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 09:32
Feb 23, 2011, 09:32
 
JoeNapalm wrote on Feb 23, 2011, 09:22:
While I'm all for decrying Ubi's boneheaded DRM policies - I think the exact statement as quoted indicates an initial online check (ie, on first launch) after which you can play offline single-player from then on.

This is not terribly intrusive. Annoying and insulting, yes, but a one-time check isn't really that far beyond the pale.

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If you are right... great.

But that's not the way the article reads. It reads that you have to authenticate EVERY time you launch... and someone else in this thread said a rep from Ubi confirmed that.

We really need clarification.
But I'm pretty sure it's "Authenticate each time you launch".
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 09:22
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 09:22
Feb 23, 2011, 09:22
 

While I'm all for decrying Ubi's boneheaded DRM policies - I think the exact statement as quoted indicates an initial online check (ie, on first launch) after which you can play offline single-player from then on.

This is not terribly intrusive. Annoying and insulting, yes, but a one-time check isn't really that far beyond the pale.

-Jn-
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 09:14
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 09:14
Feb 23, 2011, 09:14
 
Are you kidding me? FUCK YOU Ubisoft. I am tired of these companies trying to dictate how and when I play the games that I pay way too much money for to begin with.

Yes, I have broadband. But I also live in a rural area and the internet sometimes craps out. It's that one time when I would want to play and the internet is down that would make me feel like a total chump for buying the game. So I won't. I don't understand how supposedly educated people in positions of power at these companies make such terrible decisions and keep their jobs. It's CLEAR what PC gamers think of DRM.

What would have satisfied me is a ONE-TIME check to allow the install of the game and that's it. It never contacts Ubisoft again and I can play whenever I want.
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Feb 23, 2011, 08:42
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 08:42
Feb 23, 2011, 08:42
 
Hmm it requires an one time internet login to play..

I suppose that means I can walk in the store on release day, pick up the box one time, look at the preety boxart and then put it away and wait until its in the bargain bin.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 03:56
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 03:56
Feb 23, 2011, 03:56
 
spindoctor wrote on Feb 23, 2011, 00:51:
necrosis wrote on Feb 22, 2011, 21:09:
Thank you for making our uphill battle against this sort of DRM even harder.

So my 50$ not only gets me what is hopefully an excellent and extremely fun to play game, it also fucks over the whiners? God damn that sounds too good to be true

reisub wrote on Feb 22, 2011, 21:20:
Hmm, no buy then, even in a Steam sale. Don't know why I thought it was a one time thing. Wishful thinking I suppose.

Do you know that whenever you launch a game from Steam while it's online, it actually does authenticate the game from the Steam servers? Every single time. Yes, I know Steam has this fantastic offline mode that you will use to argue my point, but tell me this... what is the split between the time you spend on Steam online and offline? Because when you are online, you are actually submitting to the exact thing that you now find so unpalatable. You should stop using Steam in online mode and stick only to offline mode forever. That's the only way to avoid initial authentication.

The difference is pretty simple. My internet connection is fine. But the day after I bought Arse Creed2, UBISOFT.com was dead - all day. So I couldn't play the game I have bought and paid for. No options, no redress and I can't take it back to the shop.
If Steam is down, TF2 and L4D2 run just dandy. THAT'S the difference.
UbiSoft are simple-minded and incompetant. I have to resort to game hacks to make the game I bought work. Where's the piracy prevention in that? I won't buy another Ubisoft game again. Where's the "positive" effect of DRM now?

I sincerely hope Ubisoft go out of business.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 03:41
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 03:41
Feb 23, 2011, 03:41
 
Do you know that whenever you launch a game from Steam while it's online, it actually does authenticate the game from the Steam servers? Every single time. Yes, I know Steam has this fantastic offline mode that you will use to argue my point, but tell me this... what is the split between the time you spend on Steam online and offline? Because when you are online, you are actually submitting to the exact thing that you now find so unpalatable. You should stop using Steam in online mode and stick only to offline mode forever. That's the only way to avoid initial authentication.

You just mentioned it, offline mode. Just having that option means I'm able to play my game if my internet goes down(which has happened just recently actually). Although I'm not a fan of steam either, it is the lesser evil.
Anyways, why would anyone be pro drm? IT DOESN'T WORK, period. There's no reason for it. So why would you argue with people that don't like it? If you like it, good for you. But to argue with people that refuse to buy it is stupid when there's no good pro drm argument.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 01:18
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 01:18
Feb 23, 2011, 01:18
 
spindoctor wrote on Feb 23, 2011, 00:51:
So my 50$ not only gets me what is hopefully an excellent and extremely fun to play game, it also fucks over the whiners? God damn that sounds too good to be true

awesome
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 01:03
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 01:03
Feb 23, 2011, 01:03
 
Do you know that whenever you launch a game from Steam while it's online, it actually does authenticate the game from the Steam servers? Every single time. Yes, I know Steam has this fantastic offline mode that you will use to argue my point, but tell me this... what is the split between the time you spend on Steam online and offline? Because when you are online, you are actually submitting to the exact thing that you now find so unpalatable. You should stop using Steam in online mode and stick only to offline mode forever. That's the only way to avoid initial authentication.

I think you're missing the point. Nobody has an issue with optional authentication, like Steam's (well, except when you first install). However, UbiDRM is not optional. If you're not online, you can't launch the game. That's what people have an issue with.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 23, 2011, 00:51
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 23, 2011, 00:51
Feb 23, 2011, 00:51
 
necrosis wrote on Feb 22, 2011, 21:09:
Thank you for making our uphill battle against this sort of DRM even harder.

So my 50$ not only gets me what is hopefully an excellent and extremely fun to play game, it also fucks over the whiners? God damn that sounds too good to be true

reisub wrote on Feb 22, 2011, 21:20:
Hmm, no buy then, even in a Steam sale. Don't know why I thought it was a one time thing. Wishful thinking I suppose.

Do you know that whenever you launch a game from Steam while it's online, it actually does authenticate the game from the Steam servers? Every single time. Yes, I know Steam has this fantastic offline mode that you will use to argue my point, but tell me this... what is the split between the time you spend on Steam online and offline? Because when you are online, you are actually submitting to the exact thing that you now find so unpalatable. You should stop using Steam in online mode and stick only to offline mode forever. That's the only way to avoid initial authentication.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 23:03
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 23:03
Feb 22, 2011, 23:03
 
Though this is an improvement, it's not by much. As mentioned in earlier posts, what exactly is the point of requiring an authentication check every time you play the game? I'm guessing Ubisoft will eventually reduce this to a one-time online activation, which is more acceptable to most people. It may take a while, though.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 22:44
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 22:44
Feb 22, 2011, 22:44
 
How is this different from Starcraft 2? If it's good enough for Blizzard ...
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 22:37
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 22:37
Feb 22, 2011, 22:37
 
It's not as completely retarded as the shit they pulled for AC2 (Hey, Ubi, how'd those sales work out for ya?) but it's still fucking over the top.

So, Ubi, once I've verified that I have an original copy ONCE, I have to re-verify it every single time, because my original copy might have turned into a pirated one in the meantime?

Makes perfect sense.

/scratch one sale. I was pretty interested in getting the game plus the DLC for 50 bucks, but eh. Not with this shit still on it. Enjoy teaching those pirates a lesson, Ubi. Especially with all the non-sales you'll get again.

Creston
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 22:04
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 22:04
Feb 22, 2011, 22:04
 
necrosis wrote on Feb 22, 2011, 19:55:
Better? How the hell is this better?

You should look up the definition of better in the dictionary.
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Feb 22, 2011, 21:20
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 21:20
Feb 22, 2011, 21:20
 
Hmm, no buy then, even in a Steam sale. Don't know why I thought it was a one time thing. Wishful thinking I suppose.

This comment was edited on Feb 22, 2011, 22:12.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 21:20
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 21:20
Feb 22, 2011, 21:20
 
So, to put it plainly, before the DRM required me I had net all the time to play the game, now it requires me to have net all the time to start the game. See no difference between them, anyone without internet access still can't play the game at all.

Fuck them high. The sooner these fuckers get out of the PC market the better.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 21:18
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 21:18
Feb 22, 2011, 21:18
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Basically the internet is still required for the single player game every time you play, simply not all the time. Not good enough Ubisoft - still moronic.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 21:09
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 21:09
Feb 22, 2011, 21:09
 
durandal wrote on Feb 22, 2011, 20:55:
Thank you Blue. I just read this news here and decided to buy this game. It's already in my steam library.
The always-on DRM was the only thing kept me from going for previous Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell:Conviction, even when they were on sale for $15.
I never used steam on offline mode so essentially it's the same for me.
Thank you for making our uphill battle against this sort of DRM even harder.
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood
Feb 22, 2011, 20:57
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Re: DRM Change for AC Brotherhood Feb 22, 2011, 20:57
Feb 22, 2011, 20:57
 
Go read the article folks.
“The PC version of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode,” confirmed the rep.
EACH TIME YOU START THE GAME.
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