Ubisoft DRM + Server Switch = Unplayable Games Next Week

Brad Chacos

DRM sucks. You know it, we know it, Gabe Newell and CD Projekt know it. Ubisoft apparently never got the memo however, and in the process of switching servers next week, the company will offer up yet another reason for DRM sucktitude. Thanks to that nasty always-on DRM, six games won't be playable whatsoever during the move -- single player included. Plenty of other games will have their multiplayer capabilities "impacted" during the transition, including console versions of the games.

According to a statement by Ubisoft (thanks to the always-useful Slashdot for sending us its way), the transition should start on Tuesday, February 7th; there's no word how long it will take. Single player and multiplayer will both be disabled for the following games:

  • Assassin's Creed - MAC
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 - PC
  • Might & Magic : Heroes VI - PC
  • Splinter Cell Conviction - MAC
  • The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom - PC
  • The Settlers - MAC

Rather than try and list out all the games that will have their multiplayer nerfed, Ubisoft took the easy route and instead decided to list the small handful of games that won't be affected at all. The following will be fully playable at all times; any you don't see here (or above) will have their multiplayer "impacted."

  • Anno 2070 - PC
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations - OnLive, PC, PS3, X360
  • Driver® San Francisco - PC, OnLive, PS3, X360
  • Just Dance 3 - X360
  • The Settlers Online - PC web-based

Isn't DRM grand? I think you may be driving gamers into Pirate Bay's arms, Ubisoft.

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