Given the furor that Ubisoft has been experiencing over their DRM methods, you’d think they would have learnt to back off.
Unfortunately they haven’t.
For all the ‘offline mode’ support Anno2070 claims to have, once you’ve performed the one-time Tages authentication check, you also need to create an ubi.com account, register your game key against it (which invalidates the key), and log in at least once.
I wanted an offline mode to avoid this sort of shit treatment.
No longer will I put up with this sort of crap.
I don’t want to create and maintain accounts for every publisher and/or every game.
I don’t want to have to worry about losing those account details when I put the game down and come back to it in 6 months.
But most of all, I feel like the publishers are intentionally trying to violate my privacy by tracking my game actions and forcing me into signing into an online service I didn’t want to play what’s fundamentally a single player experience.
No longer. I am now actively refusing to buy any Ubisoft games, irrespective of platform, developer or quality. Unless they demonstrate a healthy dose of reality, I doubt they’ll be coming off of it again.
And I will be encouraging my friends and peers to do the same.