Ubisoft’s DRM system hacked?

Ubisoft’s recently announced Digital Rights Management system was hacked, says renowned games site Destructiod.

According to the article, the successful “murder” of the system was done by none other than the famed group ‘Skidrow’. The game that was submitted under their scalpel was “Silent Hunter 5”. The correct instructions posted in the .nfo file are:

Don’t use/install Ubisoft launcher, or block any connection to the internet.

Install game and copy crack, it’s that simple!”

Ubisoft’s DRM system is based on the concept that each user must have a constant contact with Internet in order to play the company’s products. Quite simply put, in order to even save your progress in the game, the user’s platform must be connected to Ubisoft’s servers at all times. If by any chance the Internet connection is lost, the game shuts down automatically.

In light of the announcement of the system, Ubisoft came under heavy fire from fans and critics alike. “The main reason for this righteous anguish”, says Peter Blackley, a 19-year old teenager from Ohio, “is the occasional inability for some of us to play on a computer with access to Internet. I like to play my games on my laptop, out in the open, where there is rarely a solid wireless network. And I won’t be able to do that if the system gets implemented in every damn game Ubisoft releases”.

But despite reports that Ubisoft’s PC DRM has been cracked, the European publisher has maintained that its unwarranted and unfair punishment of paying customers is still currently foolproof. Ubisoft has updated the DRM so that if the Internet connection drops and the game shuts down, it will always start at the point of kickery once it goes back online.

Only time will tell if this system gets accepted by the players or it will remain in history as one of Ubisoft’s most irrational decisions.

Source: http://www.destructoid.com/ubisoft-updates-pc-drm-claims-it-wasn-t-cracked-165793.phtml

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