From Dust DRM to Change

There's a From Dust PC Official Statement on the Ubisoft Forums announcing a change to the god game's DRM after the recent dust up over it requiring online authentication every time it is launched. Here's word saying this requirement will be removed within a couple of weeks:
We recognize that one of our posts in the From Dust forum regarding the need for authentication in the game was not clear. We sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding. Our tech teams are working on a patch that should release in approximately two weeks that will eliminate the need for any online authentication. This development time is required as we are working to ensure that those who have already started the game, and who’s progress is currently saved on our servers, will receive and save their game information locally. Once the patch is ready, players who already have the game will automatically receive the update on their next login and subsequent game sessions will be 100% offline.
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Aug 23, 2011, 00:30
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 23, 2011, 00:30
Aug 23, 2011, 00:30
 
They do love them some anti-consumer DRM. It took a class action lawsuit to force them to stop using Starforce.

http://kotaku.com/164303/5m-class-action-lawsuit-against-ubisoft-for-starforce

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Aug 23, 2011, 00:19
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 23, 2011, 00:19
Aug 23, 2011, 00:19
 
The continued use of uber-draconian DRM that is only pulled after sufficient public outcry has just plain got to stop. It has absolutely no effect on piracy and a chilling effect on sales of not only the gane currently released, but every game that follows coming from the same publisher. If Ubi isn't careful, they may find themselves as just another Interplay...
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Aug 22, 2011, 23:35
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 23:35
Aug 22, 2011, 23:35
 
Dades wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 23:25:
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 23:22:
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Often, DRM like this is just to prevent zero-day or pre-launch pirated releases.

This game's protection was circumvented pre-release.

Doesn't stop them from trying...
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 23:25
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 23:25
Aug 22, 2011, 23:25
 
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 23:22:
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Often, DRM like this is just to prevent zero-day or pre-launch pirated releases.

This game's protection was circumvented pre-release.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 23:22
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 23:22
Aug 22, 2011, 23:22
 
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Often, DRM like this is just to prevent zero-day or pre-launch pirated releases.
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Aug 22, 2011, 23:05
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 23:05
Aug 22, 2011, 23:05
 
nin wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 22:52:

"COME BACK BABY! I WON'T EVEN HIT YOU THIS TIME! I'VE CHANGED."


This
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 22:55
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 22:55
Aug 22, 2011, 22:55
 
Honestly, even if I had any interest in this game (which I don't), just the fact that it's published by UBI gave me reason to ignore it. I don't buy anything from that company any more because supporting their DRM gives it legitimacy leading other publishers to think it's OK to use something similar.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 22:52
nin
 
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 22:52
Aug 22, 2011, 22:52
 nin
 


"COME BACK BABY! I WON'T EVEN HIT YOU THIS TIME! I'VE CHANGED."

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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 22:44
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 22:44
Aug 22, 2011, 22:44
 
*shrug*

Give credit where it's due. If they actually remove the DRM, then kudos to them for stepping back from stupidity. Not sure it'll be enough to get me to buy the game, but I'm glad to see them taking a positive step. Hopefully they also take one on the controls issue.
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Aug 22, 2011, 22:20
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 22:20
Aug 22, 2011, 22:20
 
Dev wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 21:38:
Yakubs wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 21:33:
Isn't this the same old story with Ubisoft? They put in draconian DRM then a couple weeks later they say "OOOPS! Sorry folks! It'll be removed with a patch soon enough." as if that will pacify the sheeple.

At this point I'm convinced they actually plan this "apology" out in advance as damage control for the launch day DRM bullshit.

No. They still haven't removed that crap from Settlers 7. As as the post below indicates, Silent Hunter either. Guess the outcry wasn't big enough for those games.

I mean come on, most of the sales are made after the first month or 2. Ubi obviously thinks most are made even after 2 weeks with From Dust, either that or they just want to delay a couple days before the crack hits so people desperate for the game on release will buy it.

The game was already cracked before it came out. I'm sure using the DRM in an attempt to delay that happening and preserve the release day sales is part of their strategy, but it obviously doesn't work.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 22:20
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 22:20
Aug 22, 2011, 22:20
 
From what I've read so far, it sounds like it's a really lousy port anyway, so I don't really have any desire to play it, even without the DRM.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 22:07
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 22:07
Aug 22, 2011, 22:07
 
While this may just be Ubisoft playing more games, I could live with horseshit DRM if it got patched out after two weeks. If all they're concerned about is day zero piracy, and they stop being cunts after a few weeks, this DRM shite wouldn't bother me so much.

It's definitely a sight better than EA's fucking bullshit always-on DRM on 18 months old DLC.

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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 21:38
Prez
 
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 21:38
Aug 22, 2011, 21:38
 Prez
 
Yakubs wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 21:33:
Isn't this the same old story with Ubisoft? They put in draconian DRM then a couple weeks later they say "OOOPS! Sorry folks! It'll be removed with a patch soon enough." as if that will pacify the sheeple.

At this point I'm convinced they actually plan this "apology" out in advance as damage control for the launch day DRM bullshit.

Ubisoft has pulled this nonsense a bit too many times for me to continue to take it at face value. The way I see it is that either the studio is in such bungling disarray that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing, leading to goofball crap like this, or they are doing it purposely to garner extra publicity by making much ado about removing idiotic DRM that never should have been there in the first place.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 21:38
Dev
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 21:38
Aug 22, 2011, 21:38
Dev
 
Yakubs wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 21:33:
Isn't this the same old story with Ubisoft? They put in draconian DRM then a couple weeks later they say "OOOPS! Sorry folks! It'll be removed with a patch soon enough." as if that will pacify the sheeple.

At this point I'm convinced they actually plan this "apology" out in advance as damage control for the launch day DRM bullshit.

No. They still haven't removed that crap from Settlers 7. As as the post below indicates, Silent Hunter either. Guess the outcry wasn't big enough for those games.

I mean come on, most of the sales are made after the first month or 2. Ubi obviously thinks most are made even after 2 weeks with From Dust, either that or they just want to delay a couple days before the crack hits so people desperate for the game on release will buy it.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 21:33
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 21:33
Aug 22, 2011, 21:33
 
Isn't this the same old story with Ubisoft? They put in draconian DRM then a couple weeks later they say "OOOPS! Sorry folks! It'll be removed with a patch soon enough." as if that will pacify the sheeple.

At this point I'm convinced they actually plan this "apology" out in advance as damage control for the launch day DRM bullshit.
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Aug 22, 2011, 21:30
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Aug 22, 2011, 21:30
 
Wish they'd do that for Silent Hunter V...
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Aug 22, 2011, 21:29
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 21:29
Aug 22, 2011, 21:29
 
In other words, they are saying, yes we fucked up and have lost more sales then we thought we would on a cheap 15 dollar game.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 21:27
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 21:27
Aug 22, 2011, 21:27
 
I want to purchase this; this game looks rad.

That being said: Ubisoft drop your DRM. Or you wont see another dime from me on PC or console. In fact any game you publish at all will never be purchased by me. I wont even give you the time of day to pirate it.

Ubisoft: The kiss of death.
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change
Aug 22, 2011, 21:26
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 21:26
Aug 22, 2011, 21:26
 
Valve should use their clout and deny games that don't work in offline mode from being on Steam. (except games that are only online multi-player)

Then later take that further and not allow activation limits.
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Aug 22, 2011, 21:12
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Re: From Dust DRM to Change Aug 22, 2011, 21:12
Aug 22, 2011, 21:12
 
Let me try and put this as succint as possible:

Fuck off ubisoft.
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