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Steam removes some Ubisoft games

Steam removes some Ubisoft games

Steam has removed some Ubisoft games from the UK store because of a local decision made by the publisher.

Steam has removed some Ubisoft-published games from the the UK store recently, namely the controversially DRM-infested Assassin's Creed 2 and Silent Hunter 5.

According to Eurogamer though, the choice to remove the games was not because of Ubisoft's use of always-online DRM.

Instead, Ubisoft has said that the games were removed because of a local business decision regarding Steam in the UK, not because of Valve's rumoured displeasure with the publisher's new DRM system.

"The games listed are available for sale in all other countries on Steam. The fact it is not available on Steam UK has nothing to do with the DRM but is linked to a local business discussion between Ubisoft and Steam in UK," said a Ubisoft statement.

A number of other Ubisoft games remain available on Steam in the UK and neither Ubisoft or Valve have commented exactly why the recent games have been pulled, nor why that's only been the case for the UK store.

You can read our Assassin's Creed 2 review for more information on that game, while our Silent Hunter 5 review will be online shortly. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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DarkLord7854 22nd March 2010, 12:17 Quote
So what happens to those who purchased the games on Steam in the UK?
CardJoe 22nd March 2010, 12:18 Quote
We'd be interested to know that too - anybody here happen to buy either game on Steam?
Golygus 22nd March 2010, 12:39 Quote
Only mildly relevant, but we've started a f/book group about the DRM. Really need legions of gamers to join!!

I'm currently waiting on official response from the IPO. trading standards are waiting for the opinion of the IPO, however say "The term that you must be connected to the Internet to play the game could potentially be seen as unfair". Not very committal I know, but better than nothing at this point.

http://tinyurl.com/againstdrm
mi1ez 22nd March 2010, 12:58 Quote
I'd like to hear more on the actual reason. Seems a bit vague currently.
Unknownsock 22nd March 2010, 12:59 Quote
We had over 200k votes on a petition vs MW2, i doubt will will do much :p

Although i do still think it has something to do with the DRM.
gavomatic57 22nd March 2010, 13:04 Quote
Makes sense - Valve don't want to get the blame for Ubisoft's George Orwell DRM falling over again.
AC2 wasn't released on UK Steam as far as I know, but what else uses it?
kenco_uk 22nd March 2010, 13:30 Quote
Is it just those two games?
NethLyn 22nd March 2010, 13:42 Quote
Well I'd hope it's only the UK because gamers aren't prepared to get ripped off and sold shonky software. Valve already had one hassle with GTA IV and that wasn't even DRM the PC game was just broken at launch for some buyers, and the last thing Valve wants to do is to have to refund anyone again.
airchie 22nd March 2010, 14:00 Quote
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Heh, I was very near to asking Steam for a refund on Bad Company 2 cos it was almost unplayable at launch for me. :(

Anyway, I hope it was the DRM issues that forced Steam to tell Ubi to shove it.
I like buting games on Steam, I like it when its a seamless experience like L4D or TF2.
I HATE it when crap like GFWL is forced on you.
If they made it optional and incentivised you to use it I could handle that.
Its this behavious of making it so integral to the game that you can't play even single player without it that really narks me off. :(
impar 22nd March 2010, 14:08 Quote
Greetings!

Only on the Steam UK?
Its related to pricing, then.
Eggy 22nd March 2010, 20:25 Quote
They are still available on the Dutch Steam store so it appears it is indeed restricted to the UK.
DarkLord7854 22nd March 2010, 21:47 Quote
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They are still available on the Dutch Steam store so it appears it is indeed restricted to the UK.
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"The games listed are available for sale in all other countries on Steam. The fact it is not available on Steam UK has nothing to do with the DRM but is linked to a local business discussion between Ubisoft and Steam in UK," said a Ubisoft statement.

Golygus 22nd March 2010, 23:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Is it just those two games?

ACII
Silent Hunter 5
Settlers 7

C&C 4

so far...
PeruvianGirl 23rd March 2010, 02:06 Quote
2 Golygus
Are you sure that C&C 4 is removed from UK Steam Store?
KayDat 23rd March 2010, 07:25 Quote
Last I checked, C&C4 was EA...
phuzz 23rd March 2010, 10:36 Quote
C&C4 is EA, but it has it's own 'always online' requirements, some info here.
Of course, they say it's becuase you need to be online to collect achievements or some such, it's up to you if you think that it's worth it, or even worth encouraging.
garethrobson 23rd March 2010, 10:48 Quote
I dont really understand why they even use DRM. There were cracked versions of silent hunter 5 and c&c4 only a few days after launch...so what are they gaining by doing it???
Torwald 23rd March 2010, 12:12 Quote
MOST - STUPID - DRM - EVER...
airchie 23rd March 2010, 15:07 Quote
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I'd love to see Bit do an interview with some publishing houses explaining their reasons behind picking secureROM et al.
Any chance of that happening?? :)
Hamish 23rd March 2010, 15:50 Quote
shouldn't it read 'Ubisoft remove games from Steam' because really thats what really happened right?
Publishers are so horrible, 99% of the time pricing/release date issues etc is due to publishers being assholes
Metro 2033 UK release was a joke entirely because of THQ who pulled it from the steam store a few weeks before release (yes thats right, the publisher stopped a steamworks game from being sold through steam...) and there were all kinds of shenanigans with release countdowns and unlock times
adrock 23rd March 2010, 18:00 Quote
this is a bit annoying since intel just started bundling codes for assassins creed 2 with processors. i got mine today, but i have to download it from some weird third party (in 5 seperate files) instead of being able to just register the cd-key in steam and let it do it's stuff.
Waynio 24th March 2010, 02:11 Quote
Steam is my absolute favourite form of getting my pc games now & has been for a year now. I'd be quite gutted if steam continues to lock out good anticipated games, so far assassins creed 2 & metro 2033 which I would have bought on steam.

But I have to say, I was very disapointed when assassins creed 2 didn't get released on steam for uk, so I bought a promotion code for it elsewhere for £18, so at least I don't have to bother with a dvd, steam said on their forum it was cancelled for uk steamers for business reasons (but did not say why exactly) they even made a sticky on the forum which is no longer there.

The game works perfectly fine, whenever you make a tiny bit of progress it saves your game, this drm isn't bad at all, far better than activation limit drm's the only people this drm is bad for is people on bad internet connections or don't have internet, really the game is fantastic, the drm is no hassle, I got glued to it for an unhealthy 20 hours lol & without problems, brilliant game.
MSHunter 24th March 2010, 11:32 Quote
Steam won't let me save games on an other partition. I have filled 50GB partition with steam games and now I find out I can't buy games and save them on a different partition then where steam is installed!! Luckily its not my windows partition.
impar 24th March 2010, 11:54 Quote
Greetings!
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Steam won't let me save games on an other partition. I have filled 50GB partition with steam games ...
Backup some of those games into another partition and delete them from that partition.
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