Ubisoft compensating for DRM with free games

Written by Joe Martin

March 26, 2010 // 10:56 a.m.

Tags: #assassins-creed-2 #bonfire-of-vanities #dlc #drm #free-stuff #silent-hunter-5 #ubisoft #ubisoft-compensating-for-drm-with-free-dlc #ubisoft-drm

Ubisoft is reportedly set to offer compensatory downloadable content to PC gamers who've had problems with the publisher's new DRM system - though the offer isn't going over as well as might be hoped.

Ubisoft's controversial new DRM system requires new PC games to be attached to a Ubi account and that players always be online whenever they play - even in singleplayer. If you lose your internet connection for just a second then you'll lose any saved progress and if the servers are offline then you won't be able to start playing at all. Ubisoft's servers have already been taken down by attacks.

According to posts on the Ubisoft forums (via Eurogamer) free downloadable content will soon be offered to players who found themselves unable to play.

"Following the recent temporary game server outages which may have caused disruption to some Assassin's Creed 2 players on PC only, we would like to reward your patience if you have experienced any problems by offering you some additional content - previously only available with special editions," said an official forum message.

Naturally, those customers who went out and bought the special edition of Assassin's Creed 2 on PC are a little annoyed at the whole thing, especially since many of them were also unable to play because of server problems.

We've also confirmed since then that some players are being offered free games too, though the selection of the games being offered is a bit random. Bit-tech's James Gorbold (who reviewed Silent Hunter 5) was offered a free copy of either Shaun White's Snowboarding or Prince of Persia to compensate for his DRM problems.

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