Ubisoft is officially announcing today that they've dropped always-on DRM. Granted, they actually stopped using the controversial protection system last year, but it's official as of today.
The French publisher swore off always-on DRM once and for all and promised that all future PC games will require only a single online activation after installing, without any activision limits or restrictions on how many computers it can be activated on.
Ubisoft's worldwide director for online games Stephanie Perlotti says this policy was actually enacted back in June of 2011, though the publisher has mostly kept quiet on the matter until now:
“We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline.”
For clarification, Perlotti cited Assassin's Creed III as a prime example. If you're hoping to partake in some multiplayer or use any of the game's online services, then an internet connection is clearly required. However, if all you're looking for is some time alone with single-player, you're free to enjoy the game offline.
“Whenever you want to reach any online service, multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play. But if you want to enjoy Assassin’s Creed III single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want.”
In addition to dropping the controversial DRM system, Ubisoft is also aiming to decrease those infamous delays for their PC releases.
For those unaware, always-on DRM requires a constant internet connection in order to play a game, even if your game doesn't have any online components like multiplayer or you're sticking with single-player content. This means that if your connection were to drop for whatever reason, you'd no longer be able to play the game. Incredibly inconvenient and most definitely intrusive.