Some Of Ubisoft's PC Games Won't Work Next Week. Not Even Singleplayer.

Next week, Ubisoft will be moving around some of its PC authentication servers. What this means for those of you saddled with Ubisoft PC (and Mac!) games that have restrictive DRM is that, in many cases, your games won't work while the move takes place. At all.

PC games affected include Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7. Mac games similarly going all busted will be Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell Conviction and The Settlers.

Those games above will be completely inaccessible while the move takes place. Worryingly, there's no ETA on how long the move will take place.

In addition, the multiplayer components of many Ubisoft games, both on PC and console, will be "impacted" as well.

Assassin's Creed, Might and Magic, Settlers unplayable during Ubisoft server switch [Eurogamer]


    What a cluster ****!

      Guess im gonna have to pirate shit I already own AGAIN.

    Screw you, Ubisoft.

    Um, then send out a patch to disable DRM for a short period while you move the servers around. Don't punish your customers for internal company changes. I thought that would be basic business sense.

      ^ This. That said this is also why I lothe DRM.

      Why would they bother? They've already got your money and for every person that swears of their games because of this shit, there's another sucker who buys without researching

      Totally agree. Or even just a DNS redirect to a server that automatically allows access to the game for the outage period.

      So... in the EULA (cause we all read those things), does it say anything about the lifecycle of the games? When are we expecting to see the point where Ubisoft turn around and say "Well shucks, it's been fun guys but we're retiring DRM services for the following games: x, y & z." as per recent MMRPG fatalities? Is public expectation that they remove protection enough to get distributors to do so?

    Why I dont buy Ubisoft games anymore. their restrictive drm

    People still play Ubisoft games?

      This. This right here.

        I've stopped playing Ubisoft games. Which in some ways is sad, because back in the day I loved HOMM3, and wasn't entirely upset by AC1 ... but something drastic would have to happen for them to get any money from me after what they've been doing.
        And to all of the rest of you also boycotting them, you aren't going to be affected by this! Kinda gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
        Those of you not yet boycotting are welcome to join us.

      I haven't bought one since Assassin's Creed 2. The market is flooded with AAA titles, I need a good reason to go out of the way to buy more games. Ubisoft cut themselves off the list, sadly, even though they've got some talented teams.

    Ahh, remember the good old days, when you bought a game, and then you played it? Pretty sure piracy was rampant back then too.

    I bet those pirates sure feel silly now.

      Yeah I mean if legitimate customers are going through this crap, imagine how bad gthe pirates have it

      Because this DRM system DEFINITELY works, doesn't it ubi?

    Time to get cracking then.

    so, just don't play those games during that time. big whoop.

      Seriously? So we should only use the legitimate functions of things we own when other people tell us it's ok?

        Hey, man, I just don't think that it's a super big deal or anything. Just look at any of the comments in any ubisoft related article. They're always along the lines of "screw ubisoft", "I don't buy ubisoft games". Personally I like Ubisoft but hey, they can't please anyone else apparently.

        to me it seems that people just hate on ubisoft for the sole reason of "because ubisoft".

          Its not that the service is down that's the issue.

          Would you think Sony was an OK company if they came round to your house and took away your PS3 for a week which is working fine, just because they were doing some work in their data center?

            Of course I'd have a problem with that, but I think the two situations are completely different. Preventing the playability of some games doesn't render your Pc or console useless- you can still play other games and complain about ubisoft.

    Yet another reason for me to wish I'd pirated AC:R rather than bought it legit

    Master race my ass, suck it PC gamers.

      If you read the last part, multiplayer on the console versions will be impacted too.

        sigleplayer however, will not be all complicated all up in that grill.

          What? Try speaking English.

            onconles the singleplayer version/ part of games will not be taken down or interrupted due to the server stuff that uni are doing.

              On consoles you won't be able to surf the net or handle any and every audio and video format nor will you be able to play thousands upon thousands of games or do multiple tasks all at once. All from the comfort of wherever you want; like at a desk or on a couch or in bed or on a plane.

              It really sucks being a PC person.

                If you get all that, I don't see why you all complain about a very little inconvenience, personally I have both and as PC is very basic I prefer playing on my PS3.

                  It's not that it's a minor inconvenience, it's that it shouldn't be this way.

                  Ubisoft has some of the worst (if not The worst) DRM scheme in video game history. Nobody else is stupid enough to limit their legitimate customers to staying connected to their servers for the entire time they play one of their games, knowing full well pirates have no problems with it whatsoever.

      That's okay. We'll enjoy the game library that surpasses all consoles combined along with the access to mods for those games, better graphics for games and being able to do everything a console can plus so so so so so much more. Hell we can even get SP on these Ubi games with minimal effort whilst we watch a movie and browse the web. How's your console multitasking going for you?

      PS Have fun with your aim assist. :)

      Master Race signing out.

        PC FTW!!! i've got PS3 and xbox 360 on an hdmi switch to my monitor meaning i get the best of both worlds.

    This is why i didn't buy splinter cell conviction when it was on sale at OGS recently.

    Take away Ubisoft's big franchises and they're nothing but dirt.

    Absolutely pathetic.

    oh no i cant play a game for a week, however will i go on... curse you Ubisoft, my life is over!

      It will be different if Ubisoft goes bankrupt or just decides they have had enough of supporting that game.

      Then you can sarcastically say, Oh no I cant play my single-player game that I bought ever again.

    What, they've never heard of getting the new server set up and then switching over with minimal downtime? Sure they may have to temporarily disable new registrations for half an hour while the latest database changes have replicated and been verified, but this just sounds lazy.

    You know who's not affected...


    Know who is?

    Legitimate users..

    Piracy ftw I guess.

    thank god and coders for cracks.

      For Ubisoft's games, this.

    Piracy wins again. I swear Ubisoft are really incompetent sometimes.

      "Our games are good, but our DRM sucks ass"

      Should be the slogan.

    This is what happens when corporations treat customers like criminals. It is only the paying customer that is affected by DRM, doesn't worry the pirates at all.

    Oh but going completly digital is the way of the future, yeah right.

    thats wy consoles are good ps3 ftw

      If only there was some way to make PCs function without connection to the internet like a console can.

      Its totally not a software issue at all.

    I only buy Ubisoft games on consoles. The company's treatment of PC gamers with some of the most restrictive DRM is almost criminal.

    No wonder people prefer to pirate their games and play the single player offline. Like Gabe Newell from Valve said, people want a cheap and simple way to start up their game and play, and next to piracy, Gabe wants Steam to be that simple and effective service.

    My respect for that man sky-rocketed upon hearing that.

    As for single player being down because of online activation??? WTF??!?!?! Seriously, Ubisoft, stop with the DRM!!! It's killing your business, not saving it!!!

      Just want to add, if I ever want to buy a Ubisoft game on PC instead of console, I will pirate it. I will BUY a copy, yes, BUY a copy, of a PC Ubi game when they take away all that freakin DRM online activation crap!!!

    As a counter to mass histeria, I know at least brotherhood has the ability to run an offline mode. And while the downtime is bad, you may still be able to play some ubisoft games.

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