Man, it looks like Ubisoft actually listened to the frustrations of gamers around the world concerning their absurd DRM practices for single player games.

For PC gamers, it used to be that Ubisoft titles required a constant Internet connection in order to be enjoyed. So, if you downloaded Assassin's Creed II and wanted to play it on your PC away from the Internet, you wouldn't be able to. If Ubisoft's servers were down and you wanted to take a crack at navigating their virtual world, you couldn't. Always-on DRM is atrocious.

For Ubisoft, that measure appears officially gone. In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ubisoft's Worldwide Director for Online Games Stephanie Perotti offered this.

"We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline."

One activation and you're done, folks. That's not so bad. Perotti continued:

"Whenever you want to reach any online service, multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play. But if you want to enjoy Assassin's Creed III single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want."

Online play is still online play, of course, so that bit requires a connection. Go figure.

This is tremendous news for PC gamers. DRM is terrible, no matter how you slice it. Companies suggest that these anti-piracy measures are manditory, but they put a hamper on the paying public's accessibility and enjoyment. Always-on DRM is the worst of the bunch; now that Ubisoft has officially walked away from it, perhaps other companies will as well.

Fingers crossed.

[via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]