Ubisoft Abandons DRM for Steamworks With R.U.S.E.

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Ubisoft Abandons DRM for Steamworks With R.U.S.E.

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Ubisoft seems to finally be clueing in to the fact nobody likes its DRM methods and is launching its next big game with Valve's Steamworks, instead.

It doesn't seem like anyone is actually in love with Ubisoft's DRM system that requires players to always be connected to the internet, including Ubisoft. The publisher has revealed that R.U.S.E., its upcoming strategy game, won't use their controversial DRM and will instead rely on Steamworks to verify a game's authenticity.

If you end up picking up the PC version of the game, you won't need to be connected to the Web whenever you want to play it. Instead, you'll only need to login to Steam once. A member of the Ubisoft team announced this decision via a post to the Ubi forums:

"When R.U.S.E. is released in September, it will benefit from Valve's Steamworks API to offer the best community experience to players. Consequently, a Steam account and internet connection will be required to activate the game, as per Steam policy. For this reason, R.U.S.E. will not use the Ubisoft protection. Single player can be played offline."

This is presumably a test to see how well Steamworks will protect Ubisoft games from piracy. Hopefully, Ubisoft will continue using it, since Steam is a much better system than the one that made games unplayable when DRM servers would crash.

Source: Game Blend via GamePolitics

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Beautiful. I personally wouldn't mind if Steam ate the entire AAA title market.

Obviously people are going to bitch about steam being DRM in its own right... but still I prefer it to "Lose your game if you lose your connection".

tryed the free weekend, it was good but didnt run well on my computer.

Yay Steam

I, for one, look forward to the day Steam explodes without warning

lacktheknack:
Beautiful. I personally wouldn't mind if Steam ate the entire AAA title market.

Monopolies are good things now?

Uh-huh..yeah, i don't care about Ubi anymore since they buttfucked us pc gamers. A nice start for a apology would be calling Splinter Cell: Conviction a failure and promising to return to the stealth gameplay the series made big.

John Funk:

lacktheknack:
Beautiful. I personally wouldn't mind if Steam ate the entire AAA title market.

Monopolies are good things now?

If I'm going to be faced with a monopoly, I could certainly do worse then Steam.

Besides, there will always be smaller or indie titles that go without DRM (see: Sins of a Solar Empire).

Yay! We no longer have absolutely horrific DRM; we simply have ALMOST absolutely horrific DRM!

Finally they're done with that shitty DRM, I wish they pulled it from their older games but bah.

Wait... so they're giving it up? I know they didn't say this, but it implies it. Honestly, while Steam is a bit of a hassle, its far, far better than what Ubisoft does.

I really hope this means they'll give it up. Because I really, really want to start buying their games again. You have no idea how much I want to play Red Steel 2, No More Heroes 2, Splinter Cell Conviction, and get Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

I would still prefer no DRM at all though.

Headline is incorrect: HAWX 2 will ship with UbiDRM, as with the vast majority of Ubi's forthcoming PC games. It appears the developers got used to the Steamworks API during the betas, and decided not to double-dip with DRM. False alarm, but buy this game before you resume the boycott.

Thank God they are getting rid of that horrific DRM, it seems I am one of those people who loves steam and finds nothing wrong with it. It is a much better alternative to Games for Windows or Impulse.

John Funk:

lacktheknack:
Beautiful. I personally wouldn't mind if Steam ate the entire AAA title market.

Monopolies are good things now?

Don't worry, Valve has a good 5-7 years before it starts to turn evil and soulless like Google.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will not have DRM? Please?

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will not have DRM? Please?

It will have UbiDRM, this is a one-game only thing, and the headline is horribly misleading.

The Valve's Steamworks API does exactly the same thing as the Ubisoft DRM, so why is this news?

Baldr:
The Valve's Steamworks API does exactly the same thing as the Ubisoft DRM, so why is this news?

Steamworks doesn't boot you if the connection drops. It's still not news, since it only apply to RUSE: HAWX 2 will have UbiDRM.

Irridium:
Wait... so they're giving it up? I know they didn't say this, but it implies it. Honestly, while Steam is a bit of a hassle, its far, far better than what Ubisoft does.

I really hope this means they'll give it up. Because I really, really want to start buying their games again. You have no idea how much I want to play Red Steel 2, No More Heroes 2, Splinter Cell Conviction, and get Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

I would still prefer no DRM at all though.

Playing Ubi games on PC has never been a good idea. It's just an even worse idea now. Consoles, my man. Consoles.

Alright!!! I hate Ubisoft DRM, its stopped me from even considering purchasing their latest games on PC.

Played the original beta, and it was a broken game, played the second beta and i enjoyed it, missed the free weekend, i will wait for reviews before i buy, im glad about the steam thing though, gotta love steam

Awesome, they are coming around to a decent type of DRM, but at the same time I don't really care much for RUSE. Strategy games aren't really my thing...

holy shit really? yay now I can buy ruse, Ive been pretty interested in it but the drm bs for it kept me away

Ah this pleases me. When playing the RUSE betas and free weekends I completely forgot that a Ubi DRM could be around the corner, now I remember and see they've dropped it i'm just over the moon. When I see games using steamworks it kinda makes me want to purchase it a bit more because I just seem to have a lot of trust in Valve, and I have reason to.

Here's to hoping PC players don't get screwed over by Ubisoft anymore.

Please no one pirate this game... We need to let Ubisoft think this is going to work. We have to send a message.

They shall not be forgiven until they patch their current games to use Steamworks and shut down their UberDAMN system completely.

As welcome as news like this might be, I see others have pointed out that this has nothing to do with a reversal of Ubisoft's policies regarding the rest of their PC releases, as the whole "shipping with just Steamworks instead" deal is just for R.U.S.E. A game I haven't even heard of until this news article and for which I have pretty much zero interest. Oh well!

The boycott remains in effect until this isn't just an isolated example.

Ding-ding-ding, now that's a good idea, Ubisoft!

Sound the choir! And sing to the angels...they have leaarned...now remove the draconic DRM from the exisiting project!

Well, about fucking time.

What, Ubisoft wants congratulations for finally fucking listening? The can still get fucked, but I might buy RUSE once the price drops to a reasonable level.

John Funk:

lacktheknack:
Beautiful. I personally wouldn't mind if Steam ate the entire AAA title market.

Monopolies are good things now?

The board game is. Every version!

OT: Huzzah! No more DRM from Ubisoft! Can we have Conviction on Steam now? That would be awesome...

Calumon: Aww... Now the fighting is Boiling hot.

I wished they announced this before the free-weekend. I was interested in the game but since it was using supposed be using Ubisoft's DRM I didn't even give it a chance. I hope there's another free-weekend or at least a demo.

Just goes to show, all single player games (and elements of games with multi) should be OFFLINE.

Sometimes you find yourself with the phone down, or net access unavailable, and magicly you can't play the game you paid for in single play?

Yeah not a bright business model.

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