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Some Ubisoft Games Not Playable on My Birthday

Ubisoft DRM means a server transition is impacting a number of games.

Ubisoft's approach to DRM is actually biting the company in the ass with a server transition.

Ubisoft will be transitioning servers on February 7, and because a number of Ubisoft games have DRM linked to Ubisoft’s servers, those games will not be playable.

Some of Ubisoft’s most recent games, including Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Driver: San Francisco, will not be affected.

“Ubisoft will be transitioning the hosting of many of its online services from a third-party data center to a new facility,” said the company. “During the transition, some Ubisoft services and online games will not be available. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience. This move ultimately will help us improve the maintenance of our infrastructure and deliver better uptime and greatly improved services for our customers.”

Here’s the list of games that won’t be affected during the transition:

  • Anno 2070 -- PC
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations -- OnLive, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Driver: San Francisco -- OnLive, PC, PS3, 360
  • The Settlers Online -- Web-based

Here’s the list of games that will be affected during the transition:

It’s unclear how long the server transition will take, with Ubisoft asking players to to follow its Twitter account.

None of this would be a problem if Ubisoft's games didn't have DRM, obviously.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Ubisoft's approach to DRM is actually biting the company in the ass with a server transition.

Ubisoft will be transitioning servers on February 7, and because a number of Ubisoft games have DRM linked to Ubisoft’s servers, those games will not be playable.

Some of Ubisoft’s most recent games, including Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Driver: San Francisco, will not be affected.

“Ubisoft will be transitioning the hosting of many of its online services from a third-party data center to a new facility,” said the company. “During the transition, some Ubisoft services and online games will not be available. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience. This move ultimately will help us improve the maintenance of our infrastructure and deliver better uptime and greatly improved services for our customers.”

Here’s the list of games that won’t be affected during the transition:

  • Anno 2070 -- PC
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations -- OnLive, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Driver: San Francisco -- OnLive, PC, PS3, 360
  • The Settlers Online -- Web-based

Here’s the list of games that will be affected during the transition:

It’s unclear how long the server transition will take, with Ubisoft asking players to to follow its Twitter account.

None of this would be a problem if Ubisoft's games didn't have DRM, obviously.

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Posted by DJJoeJoe

Origin service is down at the moment, I just purchased Battlefield 3 for 'hopefully' a LAN I'm going to tonight... the client doesn't see the games on my account 'any of them'. Origin twitter account is just spamming the 'We apologize for the inconvenience and we're looking into it. Thanks for your patience.' crap.

So... similar to this I guess, very very lame and affecting current games I bought right now and want to play right now.

Posted by Dagbiker

I like how Patrick slipped his Birthday in there too.

Posted by Draxyle

I just have to keep wondering, "What exactly is the DRM doing that they need to keep it up?".

If the person wanted to pirate the game, they could have easily done so since I'm sure there are cracked versions of all of those games by now. So.. about the people who are playing it now, what is the DRM keeping them from? Putting it up on a torrent? Because it's already there anyways.

That's what I get for bringing logic into this though. Sorry Ubi, I like your games, but I'm not going to support anti-consumer practices.

Posted by Walker_Boh

Goddamn Ubi stop sucking

Posted by Winternet

Shameless plug of Patrick's birthday. I like it.

Posted by DarthOrange

Ha Patrick asking for presents.

Posted by Fattony12000

Anno 2070 -- PC

Thank fuck for that! I'll be able to carry on my playthrough. Ubi do like to make good things hard to do don't they?

Posted by RenMcKormack

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

I got you something (its a ton of LA Looks Hair Gel)

Posted by Vexxan

And they wonder why people pirate their games.

Posted by EarlessShrimp

happy near birthday Pklep! Maybe they'll release Pushmo 2 for your birthday instead!

Edited by AndrewB

Does that mean that the Mac ports of those games aren't just the PC versions wrapped in Wine, and there are seriously specific Mac/PC DRM servers?

Posted by Whitelock

I probably wont be around on the 7th so I'll say it now.

Happy birthday Patrick :)

now that the future birthday salutations are done with I shall share my view on this matter.

meh. that is all.

Posted by louiedog

Way to slip your birthday in there, Patrick. I'm sure it's also an accident that three of those game links just happen to point to your Amazon wishlist. Nice try.

Edited by Kidavenger

@patrickklepek said:

Ubisoft must regard this game very poorly, not even using the game's actual name, just some online settlers thing...

P.S. the game is horrible.

Posted by Jack268

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Posted by OllyOxenFree

So Kleptok is finally gonna turn 21 now?

Posted by Klei

It's creepy to wish happy birthday to someone you've never met / doesn't know you / never will either and especially address him by his first name and act like you've known him forever. This is actually one of the thing that is creepy about giantbomb's community.

Edited by studnoth1n

well the dialogue from within has been far too passive to put any kind of serious pressure on companies like ubisoft, at least to an extent that could potentially impact sales and curtail many of the decisions governing DRM impositions like these in the first place.

so moan all you like, but every purchase made, however apathetic, clears the path that much more for future inconvenience.

Posted by mandude

So first they make us connect arbitrarily to their systems to play our games, then they take them offline with the claim that it's to make their bad service slightly less bad.

Posted by Tennmuerti

@Draxyle said:

I just have to keep wondering, "What exactly is the DRM doing that they need to keep it up?".

As an always online DRM they game basicaly keeps reporting to their servers every few seconds.

Posted by Nokterian

I hate you ubisoft,pirates have a better version then the customer them self.

Posted by popmasterruler

Happy Birthday Patrick

Posted by Beforet

Hey...February 7th is my birthday. And Patrick is my name. The fuck you trying to pull, Klepeck?

Edited by Grilledcheez

Happy 14th birthday Patrick!

jk MUCH LOVE

Posted by 234r2we232

Trashy Patrick articles get trashier.

Posted by Mijati

If frustrating but not much you can do, just hope Ubisoft has learnt from this and future games will be better.

Hell, right now I'm having a hard time accessing steam due to the client crashing on launch 80% of the time and if it gets past that it crashes after 5 minutes. All online DRM systems have trouble, not just Ubisoft (although there's isn't great).

Edited by Sinful

*sighs* your freaking birthday advertisement slammed into gaming "news" does not amuse me.

Welcome to GiantBlogs.

I swear after Jeff's "Butthurt Rage of Star Wars" Blog. The only things that are making me stay on this site is Brad and Vinny. /manlove

Posted by Napalm
@Sinful said:

*sighs* your freaking birthday advertisement slammed into gaming "news" does not amuse me.

Welcome to GiantBlogs.

@artgarcrunkle said:

@sofacitysweetheart said:

Trashy Patrick articles get trashier.

See that door over there? It's the exit. Feel free to use it whenever you please. The rest of us surely would appreciate it.
Posted by Eribuster

Those few days where players are unable to play the games they legitimately bought are going to be infuriating. I suffered through similar circumstances when I tried playing Assassin's Creed II (PC) during Ubi Soft's server maintenance.

Bad move, Ubi. Though, I guess they wouldn't care much since they don't make the bulk of their profit off of PC.

Posted by PresidentOfJellybeans

It's almost like Ubisoft wants you to pirate their games, considering how they punish you for buying them. I nearly bought Anno 2070 on Steam. Luckily I noticed the Ubi DRM when scrolling to check the file size. Only 3 installs if you buy it, unlimited if you pirate. Not being a pirate, I just passed on the game. Was really looking forward to it though =(. Also, happy birthday Patrick!

Edited by Cybexx

Patrick, having a news story important to the state of the industry happen on your birthday seems kind of appropriate. My birthday however is when Max Payne 3 is releasing which is appropriate because I love Max Payne, unless its terrible and I spend the night in tears...

Posted by Protome
@Vexxan

And they wonder why people pirate their games.

This. When will Ubisoft learn that their DRM only encourages piracy?
Posted by Levio

Random downtimes based on the whims of the game company?

What is this, World of Warcraft?

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Oh no! What if I accidentally tried to play Might and Magic: Heroes VI on that date! Oh wait. That will never happen. Because Heroes VI is, at best, an interesting set of ideas.

Posted by mandude

Kinda unfair that the other topic got closed, since this one was posted after...

Posted by SerHulse

I heard that Anno 2070 will in some way be affected, could somebody perhaps clarify this?

I'd really like to start playing it soon

Edited by Sinful

@mandude: wait a second. are you telling me that when forum members post the same news that the staff posts after the fact gets closed on?

Oh geez. That is unfair..thought this site was all about contributing.

Posted by Aetheldod

@Klei said:

It's creepy to wish happy birthday to someone you've never met / doesn't know you / never will either and especially address him by his first name and act like you've known him forever. This is actually one of the thing that is creepy about giantbomb's community.

Theres no wrong in being cool dudes and congrats people .... the world (interwebz) needs more nice people around dont you think? :)

Edited by Sinful

@Aetheldod said:

the world (interwebz) needs more nice people around dont you think? :)

QFT

Posted by mandude

@Sinful: I kinda wanna send a PM about it, but I'm not sure if it'd be a dick thing to do...

Posted by Nefhril

One thing that worries me. What happens when they decide to take down the servers? Will I be able to play my games in 20 years that I payed for? Maybe they can remove the DRM with an update when the time comes?

I still play my NES games from time to time hell I even play on my Vectrex so I'm pretty sure I want to play some old school Xbox 360 games in the future :)

Posted by Branthog

@SerHulse said:

I heard that Anno 2070 will in some way be affected, could somebody perhaps clarify this?

I'd really like to start playing it soon

The Ubisoft page states that it own't be impacted. However, even at its best, Anno 2070 has it's own host of ridiculous DRM problems that have been preventing people from being able to play it (or in some cases, to review or benchmark it).

Posted by Franstone

This article just reminded me of how many recent Ubisoft titles that I don't have...

Posted by Flappy

Happy Birthday, Patrick Duder! Your shameless plug did not go unnoticed.

Posted by Napalm
@mandude said:

@Sinful: I kinda wanna send a PM about it, but I'm not sure if it'd be a dick thing to do...

You can ask, but I can tell you why: it's because an article also exists as a forum post, and we generally don't let two posts of the same topic go on. That's why you will usually see one locked and says, "refer to X topic as that discussion already exists."
Posted by Branthog

@Sinful said:

@mandude: wait a second. are you telling me that when forum members post the same news that the staff posts after the fact gets closed on?

Oh geez. That is unfair..thought this site was all about contributing.

As the author of said post, I assume the intention is to keep the conversation contained in one spot, instead of fragmenting it (and I would guess that if a forum post pre-dating a news article had significant conversation already going on, it wouldn't be locked - but I'm just guessing about that part). Plus, you don't get to buy Patrick Klepek a present, in the forum thread.

Posted by Branthog

@Napalm said:

@mandude said:

@Sinful: I kinda wanna send a PM about it, but I'm not sure if it'd be a dick thing to do...

You can ask, but I can tell you why: it's because an article also exists as a forum post, and we generally don't let two posts of the same topic go on. That's why you will usually see one locked and says, "refer to X topic as that discussion already exists."

Which (and as I posted in a reply at the same time as yours) makes complete sense so we can make the most of a single conversation. However, it is kind of silly wording to say "this discussion already exists", because that wording suggests that the one being linked to pre-dates the one being locked, when it doesn't. But that pertains more to the execution than the intent (and the intent is perfectly sound).

Posted by Napalm
@Branthog: Admittedly I didn't know how to word that, so I just kept it. But yes, you are right. Usually it's the one with the most responses, or was their first gets to stay. But usually a forum post linking to another story from another site won't stay open once an article has been posted on the main page.
Posted by CornBREDX

Looks like a bunch of old games on Mac or games I'm not interested in. 
 
The DRM they use is stupid though.

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