And just look at the collective issues that this will add to the 'new & improved
' DRM slated to ship with GR:FS PC:
· when master servers are down; you won't be able to play
· if the authentication server is down; you won't be able to play
· when your Internet connection is down or spotty; you won't be able to play
· change hardware in your PC and your license will be revoked
There are certain to be enough other bugs and issues in the game itself that will make game-play a 'not happening
' experience for more then enough paying Customers that just spent a lot of grocery money for a so called 'AAA' title. Add the rules and exceptions of Ubisoft's DRM scheme, bugs and issues in server and portal code, 'scheduled maintenance
', DRM bugs, and it looks to me like: 1) Ubisoft have given themselves an 'indefinite window
' on downtime with a multitude of excuses and exceptions that could make the game unavailable for play on your PC more then it's available (they warrant nothing after all), 2) Ubisoft is virtually pushing Customers away from buying PC versions of their games.
This breaks so many cardinal rules of sound business practice just in terms of making money it's appalling; that virtually every other successful Publisher has given up on this approach and is vastly more successful then Ubisoft for having done so would you'd think have been heard somewhere by someone at Ubisoft with executive authority and even a marginal common sense and accountability. If there were a way for Ubisoft to treat their console Customers like this, and they'd gone through with it; the company be of business in a heart beat.
Edited by 101459, 07 February 2012 - 08:02 AM.