Ubisoft have done it again! Everybody’s favourite Frenchies return this week with some fantastic new DRM to wow the masses! Despite assurances on the Ubisoft forums that the PC version of From Dust would only require a one-time online activation before functioning in offline mode, it nevertheless turns out that the game requires that players login to Ubisoft servers each time, and maintain a constant Internet connection in order to function! This requirement cannot be sidestepped by purchasing the game from Steam and attempting to launch it in offline mode.
Somewhat bizarrely, the forum message assuaging DRM fears temporarily vanished from the From Dust thread in the wake of the game’s release, only to reappear some time later once its vanishing act had been widely remarked upon. Ubisoft’s ramshackle approach to DRM for their troubled God Sim is at least keeping in line with their overall approach to the porting process, with the game locked at 30fps, and nary a sceric of antialising to be found! Worse still, there are wide ranging reports of menu screens failing to load, and Ubisoft’s own server logins causing game freezes. Ubisoft has offered no explanation for either the port or the online requirement.