Splinter Cell Conviction from Ubisoft

I’ve previously written about Ubisoft’s DRM at length on other websites (one whose treatment of its writers won’t benefit from a link here) and wondered like many about how they can justify such intrusive measures in protecting their published properties.

Next week will prove to be a real test of this supposed protection when they switch off their servers for a migration project.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ubisoft’s DRM then it basically works like Steam but omits to allow you to play without an Internet connection. The result of this is that without a game server to connect/authenticate to repeatedly throughout a gaming session, you’re unable to play a title that could have cost around £40 or more.

The following extremely popular games will be affected.

ASSASSIN’S CREED ® MAC
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.® 2 PC
Might & Magic : Heroes VI PC
Splinter Cell Conviction® MAC
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom™ PC
The Settlers ® MAC

To reiterate, you won’t be able to play The Settlers 7, Splinter Cell Conviction, Assassin’s Creed or Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 during this time.

Clearly there is a flaw in the planning here. These are not MMORPGs; therefore the authentication data should be manageable enough to migrate over a much shorter period of time.

But then how would anyone know – in their wisdom, Ubisoft haven’t revealed how long the project is going to take!

Note that the following games will be playable during this stage of the migration:

Anno 2070™ PC
Assassin’s Creed® Revelations ONLIVE
Assassin’s Creed® Revelations PC
Assassin’s Creed® Revelations PS3
Assassin’s Creed® Revelations X360
Driver® San Francisco PC
Driver® San Francisco ONLIVE
Driver® San Francisco PS3
Driver® San Francisco X360
Just Dance ® 3 X360
The Settlers ® Online PC web-based

But the point is, of course, that if you’ve paid money for a game you should be able to play it when you want. Owners of Ubisoft games are already forced to be online to play single player titles – isn’t this enough?

Because if I was desperate enough to want to play Splinter Cell Conviction over the next few days (and I don’t but mainly because I’ve played it a lot already) I could easily download a pirated copy.

Which completely and utterly defeats the object of the horrific DRM that gamers have to put up with when they choose a Ubisoft title.

It’s yet another in the nail of the coffin of freedom from a company whose treatment of its customers is almost wholly one of derision and disrespect.

The question is, when will people say enough is enough?

Has the time come at last?

We shall see.

(Thanks to @BritishGaming)