It was only a year ago that the head of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, mentioned upcoming tools to significantly reduce piracy of their PC games. A year later, Ubisoft is ready to unleash their plans to counter PC piracy and it begins with creating or using existing an account for their website.
Upon authentication through a Ubi.com account, users will be able to install games on an unlimited number of PCs as well as play a game without the disc in the drive. “If you own a hundred PCs, you can install your games on a hundred PCs,” said Brent Wilkinson, Director of Customer Service and Production Planning for Ubisoft. The thing is, users will always have to be connected to their respective Ubisoft accounts before playing in order to authenticate.
The new system won’t just manage authentication as users will gain a benefit for save games. Save games will be stored on Ubisoft’s servers, giving the user the ability to access them from any machine and will be available for the majority of Ubisoft’s PC titles.
Of course, with a system that will require an internet connection whenever one wants to play their game, there’s going to be some concern from users that don’t always have an available internet connection. Ubisoft’s reply? “We think most people are going to be fine with it. Most people are always connected to an Internet connection,” Wilkinson told Gamespy.
The first Ubisoft title to utilize the system will be The Settlers 7.