RUSE drops Ubi DRM for Steamworks

Written by Joe Martin

August 12, 2010 // 10:52 a.m.

Tags: #drm #ruse #ruse-drm #securom #steamworks #strategy #ubi-drm #ubisoft #ubisoft-drm #u-play

Ubisoft has confirmed that the PC version of upcoming World War II strategy title RUSE will not use Ubisoft's own DRM system and will instead opt for Valve's Steamworks API.

Ubisoft's own DRM solution, which has been bigged up by Ubisoft's boss Yves Guillemot, requires players to always be online and log in to game servers.

"When R.U.S.E. is released in September, it will benefit from Valve's Steamworks API to offer the best community experience to players," claims an official message on the Ubisoft forums.

"Consequently, a Steam account and Internet connection will be required to activate the game, as per Steam policy. For this reason, R.U.S.E. will not use the Ubisoft protection. Single player can be played offline."

Ubi's DRM system has drawn much controversy with gamers and has been accused of being unreliable, so this news is being taken well by PC gamers. It's still unclear whether future PC titles will also be release without Ubi's own DRM.

RUSE itself is a World War II strategy game where players use deception and camouflage, rather than force of arms, to outwit each other. It's been delayed at least once since it was first announced in March 2009 though and we have to say we weren't very impressed when we previewed it last, at Gamescom 2009.

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