After alot of critcism from fan feedback regarding the Uplay service, Ubisoft have announced termination of forced DRM.
As a matter of fact, the always-online DRM service policy has actually been inactive since last year.
Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perotti, explains, “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.” The DRM service also stated that you needed an internet connection to startup games and if your connection suddenly came to a halt, even for a second, the game would inevitably stop and you’d lose all the progress you made. Because of this, alot of fans criticised the service and now the time has finally arrived where Ubisoft have taken action, in good favour.
Perotti provides an example using Assassin’s Creed III, “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.”
Perhaps this change of heart will decrease piracy and increase sales.