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To say that Ubisoft’s in the doghouse with every PC gamer on earth right now is a bit of an understatement. “But wait!” says Ubisoft, its Adam’s apple bobbing as a pitchfork hovers just above its throat. “We can explain!”
Ok, we’re listening.
"As long as you do not quit the game, the game will continue to try to reconnect for an unlimited time. Once the game is able to reconnect, you will immediately be returned to your game," Ubisoft told Ars Technica.
"Where exactly you are reconnected in the game may differ from title to title. Settlers 7 reconnects at the exact point where the connection was lost, AC2 reconnects you at the last checkpoint (and not the last auto save, as indicated in the CVG article). There are many checkpoints so you're back to the point where you got disconnected in no time."
Apparently, DRMed games also won’t miss a beat if your connection goes MIA for a couple seconds. Only “lengthy” disconnects send you hurtling back to the starting line.
As you might have surmised from the title, though, we’re still not sold on this. Not by a long shot. The fact that we can be locked out of our game at all is a head-scratcher, and it really doesn’t help anyone. After all, what’ll happen? Will our legal copy suddenly transform into a pirated copy when Ubisoft stops looking?
Piracy needs to stop – no doubt. But publishers don’t need to treat PC gamers like second class citizens to do it. Shocking, we know, since it’s worked so well in the past.