Remember how awful the DRM software for Assassin’s Creed 2 was? How many times people got locked out of a game that they purchased, and how many pirates still got their hands on the game? Well, Ubisoft is calling it a success now, and they’re putting it in Driver: San Francisco for the PC!
In case you don’t remember, Assassin’s Creed 2 required a constant internet connection to Ubisoft’s servers, or else you would be booted back to the start screen and lose any unsaved progress, even in singleplayer. There are several problems with this system, least of which being that pirates can still get past it. Users who have shoddy internet had a bad experience, people who had good internet still had a bad experience because of the multiple errors on Ubisoft’s end which arbitrarily denied users access to the servers randomly, and therefore, the game. Most people rightly complained that it was a terrible DRM system, and Ubisoft eventually changed it.
However, a representative from Ubisoft has stated that the system created a “clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection, and from that point of view the requirement is a success.” So, this same system will be in Driver: San Francisco. It may be improved this time, or it will have all the same shortcomings as before. Personally, I’m putting my money down for the same quality as before, and about 2 months before Ubisoft softens the DRM again.