Thursday, February 2nd 2012

Ubisoft Server Maintenance To Render Always-Online DRM Games Unplayable

Next week, Ubisoft will be performing large-scale server maintenance, which could see its DRM-handling go offline. It would directly impact some games that are designed to work with Ubisoft's infamous "Always-Online" DRM, which requires gamers to be connected to the internet when playing games enabled with it. Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7 will be unplayable during the course of maintenance. Bigger titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Driver: San Francisco, however, will stay online for the duration of the switch-over. Ubisoft is loathed for its hyper-strict DRM that requires you to ping their DRM servers every few moments to reassure them you're not a pirate. It is even known to limit activations to your graphics card. This is yet another example where DRM only ends up hurting legitimate users more than piracy.

Source: PC Gamer
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24 Comments on Ubisoft Server Maintenance To Render Always-Online DRM Games Unplayable

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to NinkobEi for the tip.
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#2
magibeg
Damnit, i was planning on playing some heroes 6. Maybe i should hunt down a crack so i can use the game I bought -_-;.
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#3
Shihabyooo
Now that Crack you saw around Google last month is starting to look appealing.
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#4
entropy13
by: magibeg
Damnit, i was planning on playing some heroes 6. Maybe i should hunt down a crack so i can use the game I bought -_-;.
I've been able to play that game even without an internet connection for months now. ;) :cool: :laugh::laugh:
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#5
Bull Dog
I still remember Far Cry 2, I preordered it on Steam. The day it released, I saw it was using some kind of hideous activation DRM so I used a crack instead. Sad days when the pirated versions are superior to the ones we PAY for.
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#6
erocker
How long will the servers be down?
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#7
entropy13
by: erocker
How long will the servers be down?
It will go down in the 7th. And Ubisoft doesn't say when they'll be back.
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#8
magibeg
by: entropy13
I've been able to play that game even without an internet connection for months now. ;) :cool: :laugh::laugh:
Jerk :P
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I support DRM when handled properly. Always on DRM is a bad idea, and Ubisoft has made it even worse by fumbling it several times.
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#11
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
oh noes! time where you may have to venture outside, see the sun and be around other people!!!!
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#12
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
This company just needs to go the way of the dodo already. Their products aren't even all that in the first place.
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#13
Widjaja
What steam does is about my limit for online activation.
Always online is just asking for people to come along and crack the game.
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#14
RejZoR
I won't be affected by this at all. Why you may say? Because i haven't bought a single game with their retarded protection scheme and i never will.
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#15
R_1
Well, legit users are pirates with money, so they should suffer too. Nobody is innocent. Stop complaining. :laugh:
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#16
claylomax
by: Shihabyooo
Now that Crack you saw around Google last month is starting to look appealing.
Don't do it ... It's wrong. :rolleyes:
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#17
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
"Loathed" is the right word.

I just wish I hadn't been half asleep when I bought HAWX2 in a Steam sale. Because of this **** I don't ever intend playing it and haven't even downloaded it. Complete waste of money.

Ubisoft has already removed this DRM from some of its products, so why not all of them, FFS? :rolleyes: Maybe HAWX2 will finally get rid of it and I can play it?

About that three activation limit referred to in the story, I had reported the graphics card thingy here and the update here.

by: claylomax
Don't do it ... It's wrong. :rolleyes:
Treating your paying customers like dirt is even more wrong.
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#18
EnergyFX
by: MikeMurphy
I just read this article today and quite enjoyed it. Its a well-done piece of piracy.

Give it a read.

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22134
Good paste Mike. The comments made some interesting points on where the concept becomes problematic in delivery... but still, I agree, providers need to catch up.
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#19
EnergyFX
by: qubit
... Treating your paying customers like dirt is even more wrong.
Agreed, but it is legal. :banghead:

Honestly though, as much as I argue against piracy... this is a situation where I wouldn't blame anybody for getting a crack. Me thinks a judge would even see it your way on this one. Cracking something you legally purchased because the provider knee-capped it... :rolleyes: hmm, whatever.

Kinda makes me think back to the Soundblaster dibacle where they nerfed their own products via driver... and then did whatever they could to make the older more capable driver inaccessible... and then sued the guy that wrote new driver re-enabling all the stuff they nerfed. WTF!

Edit: I don't buy anything soundblaster anymore... and I think I'll add Ubisoft to my boycott list too now.
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#20
Shihabyooo
by: EnergyFX
Agreed, but it is legal. :banghead:
Cracking is perfectly Legal where I'm currently living :roll: IT'S HEAVEN!... not.
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#21
Grings
by: MikeMurphy
I just read this article today and quite enjoyed it. Its a well-done piece of piracy.

Give it a read.

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22134
I like the points Gabe makes in that article, though if i were him i'd have severed any contracts with Ubi years ago.
Third party DRM, particularly Ubi's, has been by far the largest source of negative press Steam gets, not to mention all the issues Steam support has to deal with from pissed off customers.
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#22
NinkobEi
Wouldn't it be ironic if somehow users could lock the money they spent on the games because UBI Soft is changing hardware. Make Ubisoft call us and ask to reactivate their cash.
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#23
Depth
Pirates will still be able to play. How does that sound, ubisoft?
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#24
EnergyFX
by: Depth
Pirates will still be able to play. How does that sound, ubisoft?
lol
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