Assassin's Creed 2
has yet to even arrive on PC, but ever since PC Gamer got an early hands-on
with the final retail version, Ubisoft's ... somewhat cumbersome (to be very
polite) internet-based DRM has caused a bit of a worry for some gamers. As it would seem, regardless of consumer complaint, the publisher is allegedly moving ahead with plans to implement the anti-piracy software in many of its upcoming titles.
reports that an Ubi rep (speaking with PC Gamer) has confirmed Splinter Cell: Conviction
, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
, Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic
, and the recently announced Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
to employ the DRM tools. The publisher also specifically pointed out that different titles handle the loss of data differently -- for instance, AC2
depends on checkpoints and The Settlers 7
saves wherever you last were -- though PC Gamer supposedly pressed for an answer to the question on all our minds: Will every PC game from Ubisoft in the future have this DRM?
Cryptically, the publisher replied, "It's hard for us to say, yes, from now until the day that we all die all of our games are going to include this but most will." While we can appreciate the efforts of publishers to diminish piracy of their games, we can't help but wonder what the logic is in seemingly frustrating your already dwindling legitimate
consumer base with measures targeting the folks who probably wouldn't purchase games anyway.