Ubisoft Servers Going Offline
A couple of Ubisofts DRM-based servers are going down on some of their games tomorrow, February 7th, making them unplayable. For those of you who don’t know what DRM stands for, I’m going to define it extremely clearly, via the glorious Wikipedia.
Digital rights management (DRM) is a class of access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals with the intent to limit the use of digital content and devices after sale. DRM is any technology that inhibits uses of digital content that are not desired or intended by the content provider. Copy protection can be circumvented without modifying the file or device, such as serial numbers or keyfiles; therefore they are not generally considered to be DRM.
In other words, your favorite games generally have some form of DRM, trying to protect/enhance the sales of the game for those who created it. They’re designed to only allow the purchaser of the game access to it. Beginning tomorrow, Ubisoft will be making a transition of their servers, and will be disabling their DRM servers for some of their MAC & PC titles. This means that unless you have a pirated DRM-free version of the game, you won’t be able to play online.
Games affected include: Assassin’s Creed for Mac, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 for PC, Might & Magic: Heroes VI for PC, Splinter Cell Conviction for Mac, The Settlers 7: Paths To A Kingdom for PC, and The Settlers for Mac. If you’re a devout follower/player of any of these, you might want to check out playing in the snow or maybe reading a book for the next few weeks.
In 2010, hackers found a way into the servers (well, they claimed a “server malfunction”) and Ubisoft didn’t warn gamers about the server outage they commenced at the time, obviously causing quite an uproar. At least this time there’s a warning, though Ubisoft hasn’t yet determined or announced how long the outtage will last.
Keep an eye out Ubisoft’s Twitter page for more information and when the servers will be back up.