DRM overshadows Assassin’s Creed 3 PC release

By Alan Ng - Jun 25, 2012

We have some bad news if you were planning to pick up the PC version of Assassin’s Creed 3 at the end of October. It has become apparent that the PC version will now be releasing almost one month later than console versions – possibly due to DRM concerns.

If you have picked up PC versions of Ubisoft games in the past, you’ll know that the company takes a particular dislike to the whole piracy issue on PC, often resulting in PC delays to their games so that they can bump up the security by putting an ‘always online’ barrier in place.

Although not confirmed by Ubisoft yet, history seems to be repeating itself with Assassin’s Creed 3. Eurogamer has provided an image which seemingly confirms that the game will be releasing on November 23rd instead on PC, not the October 31st date which console and other platforms are getting the game.

Does this really come as a big surprise to PC gamers though? Don’t forget that Ubisoft are only now just putting out a PC port of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, after the game has been available on console since May. Ubisoft originally cancelled the game due to piracy fears and put out Ghost Recon Online instead, but they since had a change of heart and Future Soldier on PC should be out this week.

It goes without saying that there is a huge amount of interest in Assassin’s Creed 3. Ubisoft knows too well that a lot of gamers are going to pirate the game from torrent sites if it becomes available, so is this a logical move by the company? A one month wait isn’t too long after all – just picture it as a timed-exclusive release just like the upcoming Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim, which is Xbox 360-only for a month.

Maybe Ubisoft are planning to sweeten the deal for PC gamers with some bundled DLC to make up for the delay. If you were planning to get the game on PC, let us know your thoughts on this. What are your opinions on Ubisoft’s strong stance on DRM?

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  • chuck norris

    In GTA IV I got for pc
    I bought it off steam legitly and the damn thing though I stole it/pirated it.
    So it did the thing where you look drunk 24/7

  • Guest

    Plus the DRM that they used in the past for a handful of there games was cracked in a couple of days of its release, I for one bought there previous assassin creed games and ended up cracking it beacuse of the needed internet. And on top of that the rest of the assassin creed fans i know have cracked it and was still able to get the bonus DLC’s and extras. So its a debateable that the DRM makes things worse for them. Besides im ganna buy the game and still crack and share it.

  • Jack Dittmann

    I agree. The other issue is internet availability. I personally do not have access to an internet connection for various reasons, so to authenticate all my other Assassin’s Creed copies I had to borrow a friend’s connection. There is no way that I would be able play this awesome looking game if it was online only. I am sure that there are many others out there who would not be able to play, and cannot play, some of the newer games that have come out as requiring a constant net connection to play.

    This simply alienates part of your consumer base and makes them think twice about purchasing your products in the future. As above, some DRM is alright. We have been using authentication codes since I was a child, as well as anti-burn code on CD’s and DVD’s. This didn’t quite stop piracy, but it made it harder. My fear is that constant authentication is making it easier for pirates to do their work. Just look at the Razor1911 rips of ACII and AC Brotherhood. Admittedly, it isn’t constant, but it is still there.

  • Guest

     Pirates are going to pirate. You cannot stop them. The only thing that overbearing, unreasonable DRM does is to create a dissatisfied user base, animosity towards the company which is creating artificial barriers for paying customers, and actually ENCOURAGES piracy, as a hacked version will be easier to use and less frustrating.

    Some DRM is reasonable, but requiring a constant Internet connection is asking too much. A paying customer should not have to ask permission to use a product at every use. Imagine if I had to give G.E. User-Authentication a phone call every time I wanted to open my refrigerator. It is not reasonable.