No one is going to want to play this since alot of the PC players access their internet through those "dongles" that you have to "top up/pay as you go". People don't want to be dictated they have to burn away their money online by playing a game they already paid for. I'm sorry, UBISOFT, but how DARE YOU dictate that people who buy your games also have to PLAY them a certain way. Updating and registering for something online is ONE thing (so they can verify you bought your copy), but being online permanently? Good job paying your staff to piss away their hard work with a game no one is going to buy :)
It's just as bad as feared; from Rock Paper Shotgun @ http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/02/17/you-maniacs/
We barely need to say anything here (but we will), as where we're going we don't need words. We only need righteous fury. PC Gamer have experienced the controversial new Ubisoft DRM first-hand, in the PC build of Assassin's Creed 2. We already thought the paranoid new copy protection was pretty bad, requiring as it did an online check everytime you played and giving you a hard time if you tried to launch it offline.
What we didn't think - what we didn't believe they'd be mad enough to do - was that it'd kick you out of the game if your net connection dropped for any reason.
Or, as PCG's Tom Francis rightly observes, even if Ubi's servers happen to have a funny turn. (A troubling precedent for which has already been set by EA - Alec experienced something similar yesterday, when Bioware/EA's servers suffering extended maintenance meant all his Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 DLC was deemed unauthorised, which in turn prevented him from loading savegames. The point being: don't punish your customers because you've screwed up).
Incredibly, the worst is true in Assassin's Creed 2 - and, it appears, will be for Settlers 7 too. No matter what you're doing, no matter what the reason, the game will refuse to let you continue playing if it decides you're not online. You're dumped right back to a menu, losing any progress made since the last checkpoint. If you don't have a constant, uninterrupted internet connection, you can't play. Let's list some of the reasons you might drop your net connection, shall we? Router crash, ISP problems, cat playing with the cable, microwave muddling your wi-fi connection, train going into a tunnel when you're on 3G, Windows having a networking befuddlement, someone else in the house torrenting the bandwidth dry...
Incredible. In-cred-i-ble. It's like someone taking away your food mid-meal because your napkin's fallen on the floor. It makes us want to pull an expression we're not physically capable of, like this.
While we've not always gone full-pelt protest against excessive DRM, this is open contempt for paying customers, and, quite frankly, it's the most valid reason yet for PC gamers to call a massed boycott. We'll certainly be ignoring it with all the passion we can muster.
I certainly won't be ordering this game, and I was considering placing a preorder. Very glad I didn't waste my time, unless Ubisoft scrap this ridiculous DRM scheme the only people enjoying ACII on the PC will be the pirates - I know which version I'd rather play and I always buy legit copies!
Wow, how retarded can they get. I don't understand how they can be so worried about piracy and know so little about it. This will be cracked, probably before release and the pirates will be getting a superior game.
I always buy my games, unless they impose some draconian DRM. In this case I was not going to play the game anyway as it does not appeal. But on general principal I'm going to download it and then seed like mad for several months, F@@@ em, its going to get Spored big style!
I am yet another customer who was just about to pre-order then I saw this... NO WAY will I be buying this on release. I've also signed the online petition to UbiSoft: Let's hope that people power will get them to change their minds:
Gaming companies always seem to probe how much abuse their customers are willing to tolerate, but this really sets new standards. I really hope nobody will buy any of their products anymore until they either give in or go bankrupt. Either suits me fine. A company which is waging war against their own customers does not deserve doing business with.
Been waiting for it to come out on pc had it pre-ordered at christmas and resisted buying it for xbox however I've now cancled my pre-order and will buy the game after they take away this absolutly stupid drm or someone comes up with a crack for retail copys
@ E. van Duyn Regardless, at the end of the day there are still those who live in rural areas without access to the stable connections that Ubisoft have effectively announced aren't worthy of playing their games.
Unbelievable...was about to pre order but after reading these comments have changed my mind and signed the petition.....would advise all others to do the same and hope that we can make a difference :o)