If they continue down the road of DRM forcing always on Internet to play then I will NOT support them. I buy a game to play on my computer when & where I want. I like to vacation at places where there is no Internet but I still want to be able to play my games. Since they show no consideration for the paying customer, I will not support their efforts.
If they come up with some less draconian version of DRM (yes, DRM can be annoying, but sadly a hardcore group of thieves make it necessary) that allows me to play when & where I want, I will gladly support them.
Someone will eventually hack the DRM like they did last year with the sequel game. It happened about a month after the release. Of course you still had to register your game but people were able to play offline with no problems, which is great. But really, it shouldn't have to COME to this. The way it SHOULD be is that If you can PROVE your copy is genuine from your computer by providing the correct code that has only ever been used during your registeration, then you should be able to download a unique application that will allow you to play offline. There is NO NEED for a NON-ONLINE GAME to EVER be permanently connected to the net. It's the same with the other games like Civilisation 5 and the total war franchise. If you're playing campaign, then you shouldn't need it. How dare they try to tell people how to play.
I agree, if your paying your hard earned cash for a game you will spend night and day playing.....you should pick when and were you want to play the game!! i like steam and the off line mode but ive had problems with that tho at times and so have afew of my friends that pay stupid amounts for pc/ps3/xbox games. It should be left to paying gamer to have the last word but wile we bend over with our trousers down then we will get shaffted every time!! Lee
I thought brotherhood would be going without the 'permanent server connection' DRM after the obvious and resounding backlash to it from the entire gaming community (not to mention the fact it was as much an issue for pirates to hack as anything else). I have been wanting to play Assassin's Creed 2 and now this 3rd installment in the series but are completely unwilling to encourage this attitude to rights management. It's a real pity, ubisoft shooting themselves in the foot while symultaneously making a massive and expensive sub-game for the hacking community. The only logical conclusion I can draw from the scenario is that they want people to go out and buy a console to play their games.
Perhaps they should try and add positive reasons to having the online prescence much like Blizzard have done with starcraft 2 and WoW updates. Even steam offers these kind of community features. People don't seem to mind so much when the purpose of the connection is not purely for oppressive and maladjusted spying.
Here's hoping, against my naturally cynical state of mind, that the DRM won't make the cut when this is released. Some maths they can count on: I'll be buying game if the DRM is fixed.
Ubisoft has recently announced that Brotherhood will NOT have the 'Always-on' DRM. There is an initial log in when you first play the game, but afterwards, it will be playable offline in singleplayer. http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/22/ac-brotherhood-murders-always-on-drm-stalks-pc-on-march-22/