Ubisoft offered the first word on its new PC digital-rights management method in late January, and many gamers were less than enthused about the news. The game piracy prevention method requires all players to maintain a connection to Ubisoft’s Online Services Platform throughout the course of play, irrespective of whether the game in question is being played in single-player or multiplayer modes. Ubisoft’s new DRM measures would hurt those who legally purchased the game have proven well founded.
According to reports on Ubisoft’s forums, the publisher is experiencing technical issues with its Online Services Platform that prevent gamers from playing Assassin’s Creed II. While attempting to play the single-player campaign, many has received error messages stating that Ubi.com’s online servers are down and that an accurately inputted user name and password are invalid. For its part, Ubisoft is aware of the connection issues and claims to be actively working on evening out the performance of its new DRM solution.
“Due to exceptional demand, we are currently experiencing difficulties with the Online Service Platform,” an Ubisoft representative stated on the game’s message boards. “This does not affect customers who are currently playing, but customers attempting to start a game may experience difficulty in accessing our servers. We are currently working to resolve this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.”
Ubisoft’s new DRM system had already been cracked. Ubisoft quickly responded to these reports, stating on its official Twitter feed that any claim that a cracked version of Assassin’s Creed II exists is false and that anyone who acquires a pirated version of the game will find that it is not complete.
Ubisoft initially announced the Online Services Platform, it trumpeted the fact that gamers would be able to resume their game session from any PC, due to the fact that saved games are stored on Ubisoft’s online servers. However, even before the login complications stemming from Ubisoft’s overloaded servers, A lot of gamers also experienced prolonged wait times as well as outright failures while attempting to load player profiles associated with these stored saves. Ubisoft has yet to state when it expects server functionality to even out, and the publisher has not responded to requests for additional comment as of press time.
Silent Hunter V and Assassin’s Creed II users were unable to play due to Ubisoft’s authentication server being down.
Ubisoft’s latest DRM effort will not allow its game to play unless there is a connection between the player and the publisher’s servers. If anything should happen at either end, the player even if in the middle a game will be ejected to the main menu screen. Over the weekend, Ubisoft’s servers went down, which left gamers with relatively new games unable to play.
North American weren’t as largely affected by the downtime as Assassin’s Creed II. Hope a solution will be out there to solve this DRM problem.