Having already been forced to defend its controversial new PC DRM to the hilt, Ubisoft this weekend has faced a fresh backlash from gamers after a technical problem prevented owners of Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter V from playing their games.
The publisher's DRM requires that both titles constantly authenticate themselves over the internet. However, Kotaku reports that Ubisoft's servers were down all weekend, causing huge issues for those wanting to either install or play each title.
Speaking on the firm's own forum, a rep stated that clearly the extended downtime and lengthy login issues are unacceptable and that the downtime is due to exceptional demand”.
The news will undoubtedly prove a major embarrassment for Ubisoft, which has not only been forced to defend its DRM but has previously publicly insisted that the security measures will have "limited" impact on gamers.
It has also denied reports that the DRM has been circumvented by hackers.