French publisher Ubisoft has risked stoking the fires of hate towards its controversial PC DRM strategy by proclaiming it a success.
Yesterday it emerged that upcoming release Driver: San Francisco will require a permanent internet connection to play, even if only in single player mode. The game requires constant authentication from Ubisoft’s servers.
It’s the same model adopted last year for titles such as Assassin’s Creed II, Settler 7 and Silent Hunter 5.
So ferocious was the backlash back then that Ubisoft suffered a spate of server attacks, preventing users from playing any of the affected titles.
But despite the fresh uproar, a Ubisoft spokesperson told PC Gamer that tiles covered by the DRM have seen “a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection” and that “from that point of view the requirement is a success”.