Ubisoft has announced that the PC version of Driver San Francisco will require a permanent Internet connection in order to play.
Responding to a tweet enquiring about the game’s digital rights management (DRM) system, Ubisoft’s Mathieu Willem said, “PC version requires permanent internet connection.”
In the battle against piracy, Ubisoft has attempted to implement “always-on” DRM in the past with poor results. Assassin’s Creed II, Settlers 7 and Silent Hunter V all attempted to run DRM that required the computers of players to be able to communicate with Ubisoft authentication servers. The servers frequently went down meaning legitimate players were unable to use a product they’d purchased, sometimes for days in a row.
To make matters worse many sites reported that pirated versions of the above games were freely available and could be played offline irrespective of Ubisoft's server state.
Following vocalised disappointment by PC gamers over Twitter, Willem added, “Bear in mind though that the PC version of DRVSF is released simultaneously to consoles.”
Driver San Francisco is scheduled for release on the 2nd of September.