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Ubisoft removes From Dust PC DRM

Ubisoft removes From Dust PC DRM

Ubisoft has released a patch to remove DRM from the PC version of From Dust.

Ubisoft has released a patch which removes controversial DRM from the PC version of Eric Chahi's From Dust.

The patch, which is rolling out automatically through Steam, will also sync savegames with Ubisoft's servers, says RPS.

The PC version of From Dust came under fire last month when it was released with Ubisoft's notorious DRM included, despite assurances from the publisher that it would not. The DRM required, among other things, that users always remain online to play the singleplayer game.

As a gesture of good will, digital distributor platform began a process of offering refunds to affected users.

Ubisoft also announced a release date for the PlayStation 3 version of From Dust today - it will be available to buy through the PlayStation Network from September 14, 2011.

You can read our From Dust review for more information on the game, or absorb the trailer below through your eyestalks. Either way, let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Madness_3d 9th September 2011, 12:12 Quote
Saw this yesterday, my steam client spent the whole day downloading 75MB patches :-/ settled down in the end though. glad it's gone tbh. It's bad enough having to juggle games across my desktop and laptop on steam without having to worry about anything else.
Mentai 9th September 2011, 12:58 Quote
"The DRM required, among other things, that users always remain online to play the singleplayer game."

That's not quite true. It performed an online check when booting into the game, but once playing you could be disconnected without any issues. Unlike the DRM Ubisoft has previously used, an always on connection to their servers was not required.
Gigglebyte 9th September 2011, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
That's not quite true. It performed an online check when booting into the game, but once playing you could be disconnected without any issues. Unlike the DRM Ubisoft has previously used, an always on connection to their servers was not required.

Well as far as I can gather that still means that you require an internet connection to boot the game.
do_it_anyway 9th September 2011, 13:22 Quote
Overall this is good news.
I don't play From Dust, so it doesn't affect me directly, but when Steam starts offering refunds, and Ubisoft start removing DRM, it all points to the fact that game devs appear to be listening to the PC market more than ever. And that can only be a good thing
Venares 9th September 2011, 13:24 Quote
Sadly the damage is already done.
Denis_iii 9th September 2011, 13:37 Quote
I will consider purchase when on sale, won't be paying full price considering this DRM was not to be there then was there and now has been removed, I will not give Ubi a full price sale after their antics.

Does the PC version have the same flaws as the xbox version?
Showerhead 9th September 2011, 16:17 Quote
Makes sense. The DRM is probably only designed to prevent day 0 piracy they know that it will be cracked eventually so why persevere with it. Probably saves money as activation servers can come offline too.
sear 9th September 2011, 16:21 Quote
Too little, too late. They outright lied to their customers and refused to admit that they were in the wrong about it in any way. They couldn't redeem this if they came to my house and offered chocolate-covered hookers.
XXAOSICXX 9th September 2011, 16:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
They couldn't redeem this if they came to my house and offered chocolate-covered hookers.

In the unlikely event that they try (in the manner suggested above - and assuming they're female), please don't hesitate to send them my way ;)
Glix 9th September 2011, 17:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
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Originally Posted by sear
They couldn't redeem this if they came to my house and offered chocolate-covered hookers.

In the unlikely event that they try (in the manner suggested above - and assuming they're female), please don't hesitate to send them my way ;)

And if you're not in slip them my address as an alternative. :p
NuTech 9th September 2011, 17:32 Quote
A completely empty gesture.

Ubisoft got what they wanted, DRM for the initial launch of the game, From Dust is now old news.

They should just stop releasing PC ports if they're going to treat their customers with such contempt. I can't stand the entitlement issues that come with calling for boycotts/petitions, but for me personally, I just can't buy Ubisoft games after the deplorable Splinter Cell Conviction launch.
nemo 9th September 2011, 20:39 Quote
Sorry Ubisoft - it's too late
The_Beast 9th September 2011, 21:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Venares
Sadly the damage is already done.

This, everyone who wanted a DRM free From Dust got one before this patch if you catch my drift
fluxtatic 10th September 2011, 06:58 Quote
Yeah, too late. There aren't many companies I take a righteous stand against, but Ubisoft, dear lord. Ubi and Sony will never see one thin dime from me again.

Honestly, it was already too late either way - it was all the BS they'd pulled before I'd even heard of From Dust that broke it for me.

Not sure what it would take to reverse that course, but it sure as hell isn't this.
PureSilver 10th September 2011, 13:16 Quote
What's with the whining, people? The game was only released three weeks ago and the DRM is gone. Quit complaining, already.
stouffer 10th September 2011, 14:37 Quote
It's about time Ubisoft did something about their DRM, don't think it'll cause any long-term damage to their brand in the big scheme of things but it certainly has cost them a few sales from me
ChaosDefinesOrder 10th September 2011, 16:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by PureSilver
What's with the whining, people? The game was only released three weeks ago and the DRM is gone. Quit complaining, already.

Because unless people complain, and complain loudly, then the publisher will assume that it's ok and call it a success. Pretty soon all games will have the same DRM and PC gaming will actually die.

Another way to look at it is that the DRM was patched out of the game in only three weeks BECAUSE people were whining about it. Thus, mission accomplished, however Ubisoft still need to realise that this will happen if and when they try this s**t with their paying customers ever again.
sear 11th September 2011, 00:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by PureSilver
What's with the whining, people? The game was only released three weeks ago and the DRM is gone. Quit complaining, already.
Because Ubisoft outright said that the game would ship without DRM and even made a big point of it. Then it was released and lo and behold, early customers who bought the game specifically due to its no-DRM claims got hit with DRM, not to mention one of the sloppiest, worst-controlling, least-optimised ports seen from a major publisher in a while. This isn't a case of customers whining, it is literally about being lied to about the product.
GaryP 11th September 2011, 15:39 Quote
Not getting a penny of my money. Liars and the DRM method is overkill.
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