From Dust DRM to be wiped out within two weeks

Ubisoft to launch new DRM-removing patch for PC port due to public backlash.

When a company slaps digital rights management onto a game, there is a good chance that people will be up in arms about it. Case in point: the recent application of DRM on the PC version of From Dust, even though Ubisoft stated three weeks ago that the game would "not require a permanent online connection" to play (via VG247). At this point in time, PC gamers still need to connect once online to activate the game on start-up, after which they can play the game offline.

DRM has been one of the most controversial aspects of PC gaming in recent years.

Due to the backlash from the public (mostly from Ubisoft forums, Facebook posters, and Reddit commenters), the French company is trying to calm the angry tides. Ubisoft forum manager bokowski113 recently posted that the tech team is working on a patch expected to be released in two weeks that will eliminate the game's need for online authentication.

The post stated that "this development time is required as we are working to ensure that those who have already started the game, and whose progress is currently saved on our servers, will receive and save their game information locally."

From Dust is a "god game" simulation designed by Eric Chahi, best known for developing the cult classic Another World. The game has been praised for its rich interplay of natural elements and supernatural forces, as well as for its attractive environmental design. Check out GameSpot's review for more information on the title.

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DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

F*** you, it's your company, you botch it up however you want.

darkwolf1982
darkwolf1982

And this is why I despise Ubisoft... or rather Booboosoft

JOKER677
JOKER677

Another World was fun especially after all the retries.

Kemutsemu
Kemutsemu

This is just too little, too late if they're hoping to make a legitimate profit with the PC version. What I learned from this fiasco is that I should just not buy Ubisoft games.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

I guess it is too late for many people. I know some friends decided on not buying the game due to its DRM.

GGCrew_basic
GGCrew_basic

When From Dust is legally available without DRM (supposedly in a couple weeks), then I will buy the game. I want to support companies that release games without DRM. Whether independent or major publisher, I like being trusted. Will I install the game onto multiple computers? Probably - laptop, desktop, TV computer. Will more than one of these installs be running at the same time? Nope! Will I share the game with anyone else? Unlikely, and only when I'm done with it and there are some other weird circumstances (because I'd rather they go buy the game to continue supporting the publisher/developer). Ubisoft is the most schizophrenic company I know of, in regards to DRM. They'll alternate between DRM-free AAA games (like Prince of Persia 2008, which I purchased on release day), and the crazy-heavy DRM on smaller titles. Even the Assassin's Creed series has had differing DRM schemes that don't feel consistent. Perhaps they're just trying everything and seeing what folks are willing to accept? (Note: I haven't played the AC games because, well, I don't want to deal with the DRM.)

starwarsjunky
starwarsjunky

GOOD. i don't mind some DRM, but requiring a constant connection is overboard.

LittleButters
LittleButters

@zidan4000 i wouldn't call it a hoax, but I agree with your views otherwise. last gen was better because it was more about good games and making money than it was making games that will make the most money. profit before innovation, fairness, and fun I s'pose.

zidan4000
zidan4000

i also want to add this , why the way over piracy is so fierce these days? i mean , back in the last generations , no console really suffered from piracy and games sold millions also everybody knows that PS2 was pirated to death , the results? millions of legitimate games selling every where , why? because they made FINE games , hear that one again i said FINE games , not half @ssed disasters that need to be patched every week or two , this piracy hoax is all bluff and it never hurt developers before and it will not hurt them as long as they make great games.

Diophage
Diophage

I don't buy any products containing DRM that requires an internet connection of any kind (even a one time activation) for more than $10. If they want me to pay full price for a game, they're going to have to revert back to the old method of simple CD checks, or just get rid of DRM all together. Unfortunately, though, more and more people don't care about DRM, or their rights, so I guess my attempts at boycotting this are pretty much in vain. But I still got my set of principles, and I'll stick to them to the end. I'm not going to jump on this "DRM is acceptable" band wagon just so I can play some game I'm interested in.

andyslaker
andyslaker

@zidan4000 Yeah I find it amusing how they use "they stole" and "we registered X lost sales" to describe pirating. Maybe they live in a fantasy world. Not all, but most of the people who pirate stuff wouldn't buy it if they couldn't pirate it. Among your reasons I would add poor quality. Why buy a game that sucks? It still sucks even if you have a legit copy.

Yams1980
Yams1980

its not a good game anyways, just don't buy it

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

If DRM is supposed to stop pirates, then its not working, they can crack just about anything, so the only ones having trouble from DRM aren't the people targeted by it.

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

@weedman1985 well said, but unfortunately gamers are voting with their wallets and their wallets sadly say wii fit and other garbage like that, not to mention over-priced DLC and map packs :(

Triton
Triton

Who games on a PC that doesn't connect to the net anyway? Really a non issue either way unless your up to no good. Whats the big deal?

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

@weedman1985 I salute you good sir for taking the red pill. Think and don't give away your money so easily people!

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@Icehearted I know how you feel but try not to be so negative. This decision shows we can make a difference. If we continue with our efforts we can stop publishers from doing this sort of thing. They like our money too much to displease us overmuch.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Too little, too late. I won't touch this game due to two reasons: the intent to launch with DRM, and the 30 day delay to make Xbox'ers feel special, even though the game was ready to release on all platforms. You make mistakes Ubisoft, be prepared to pay for them. Smart gamers are remembering what companies have done in the past and are using that when making purchasing decisions.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@GAMERALL If only. I'm convinced they'll concoct something even more nefarious before they finally realize paying customers are suffering most from this nonsense. @Frame_Dragger I have doubts that bigger companies will look at this with any serious introspection, even if the consumer ultimately protests with their wallets. Their coffers are vast, their desire to edge out or even obliterate consumer's right's in favor of unfair control over seems all consuming. I'd almost think they'd rather see massive failure at retail before relinquishing ideas such as those in RAGE or Diablo 3. I see this as a rare example of showing some actual f*****g sense for a change.

weedman1985
weedman1985

Just so you know guys, It doesn't end here. If people were really determined, and not quick to accept mediocrity and planned obsolescence schemes, we would have an industry with no DLCs and no "dumbing down to appeal to the casual gamers" bull**** we have nowadays.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

Another nail in the DRM coffin.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@Okplay I never thought I would see a day where ppl are openly thanking crackers and considering them saviours :D And I agree,I have to thank Skidrow for cracking AC2,without his crack,I couldnt experience one of my favourite games of all time.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

DRM doesn't work. What works is sales like Steam and complete lockout of Online without a service like Battle.net. Everyone should read The Creation of Battle.net 2.0 by The-Ghetto, it's a really long but interesting read.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Meanwhile, all the people who didn't want to wait for this patch have already cracked the game after they bought it, since it took, what, less than 24 hours to do it? You'd have thought Ubi would have learned after the first time with AC, but it looks like their self-righteousness is still getting the best of them. News flash: you're the only ones who think this is a good idea. No matter how untouchable you think your servers are, or how much you want to fight piracy, you're going to suffer, and I'm hoping this whole thing will prove to all companies how stupid and unrealistic DRM is.

CivicGSR
CivicGSR

AWESOME. Could Ubi finally be learning something about their customer base? DRM doesn't increase sales; it may reduce piracy, but it also wards off many potential customers... The outspoken anti-DRM people are the same people that write reviews all over the internet when they are happy with a game, which leads to stellar sales. So by cutting off the DBs that pirate games, they are also alienating the people they rely on for word-of-mouth marketing. Long story short, to be a successful developer, you MUST make a game that people will want to play, and be okay with the fact that the pirates will steal your game. To their credit, the pirates will also give positive word-of-mouth reviews, so in a sense pirates are beneficial to the industry. I blame the generational gap; the fuddy-duddys that compose the executive management teams of these companies are too old to comprehend the psyche of the internet generation.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Yeah, DRM makes PC gaming SO much less enjoyable... Mostly due to me being on the go with my laptop 90% of the time with no access to internet.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Too late. I love the ideas behind ubisoft's games, but I hate Ubisoft. Wanted to get this, was thinking of it when they said no drm but their actions show that I can't trust them... I understand wanting your fair price, but not at the expense of blatantly giving the gamers the bird and selling a steaming pile... Too bad, I loved the original AC...not with the Ubisoft name behind it though...

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

DRM only hurts legitimate customers evidenced by the fact that cracks of the game are available days or weeks after the game is released leaving only the people who actually purchased the games with the shackles of DRM.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Now this just needs to happen with Battlefield 3 and Origin

DrKill09
DrKill09

Yeah, eat THAT Ubisoft! :D Hopefully Driver San Fran launches without DRM.

vaejas
vaejas

An inspired developer creates a refreshing new game (about dragging mud) that then gets dragged through the mud, because the business suits don't understand they're fighting the wrong battles and the stockholders don't care how the suits fight. What the eff is the matter with this industry?

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

crack was out day one. Great job pissing off loyal customers Ubi. Good thing I got a refund the day before launch. Ill spend it elsewhere.

ziproy
ziproy

I don't understand the point of this. It doesn't work; pirates still cracked the game all it achieved was to piss off all the fans

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

see pc gamers don't take SH%# from publisher they have a back bone unlike the console gamers who just bend over & take it

Okplay
Okplay

All hail to SKIDROW!!! Fuu stupid Ubisoft DRM!!!

zidan4000
zidan4000

also no matter , and i mean no matter what they do , piracy rates will still be the same because the reason that they are pirating the game is because they are not intending to buy it in first place and piracy came as a fancy thing for them , but if there were no piracy they won't buy the game anyway so pirates are outside the market , and usually you see pirates come from countries outside USA because either they are poor or the games sell at outragous prices (about 80$ for a game in europe) , so companies can stop wasting their efforts at preventing piracy because they will never get that market of people.

zidan4000
zidan4000

hackers did that a long time ago.

botroo3
botroo3

Removing the DRM got NOTHING to do with public opinion they already know the public opinion since AC2, its because the game got fully cracked a few days ago. and the funny thing is they need few weeks to remove the DRM and hackers did that within few hours after the release lol.

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

Pirating games hurts the gaming industry. DRM backlash is outrageous. I want better games, and am willing to pay for them. Maybe I am in a minority.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

From dust it arose, and to dust, the DRM returns...

fratos
fratos

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OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Good on Ubisoft for responding to their fans. However, they need to stop trying to put this DRM on their games. If they take a stand and don't put them on their PC games in the first place, I'll be sure to buy the PC versions of the games to support them. Set an example that the likes of EA and Activision will be compelled to follow because players won't be avoiding your game--after all, DRM does zilch to prevent piracy.

ogara0c9
ogara0c9

DRM that only punishes the paying customers with no obvious upside for said customer will never be tolerated. At least it shouldn't. Glad to see even the slightest victory for legitimate PC gaming and hoping a similar trend continues (without the harsh lesson up front).

megakick
megakick

D3 has DRM But they figured out a way to make it ok...

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

@andyslaker: Don't count on it -- they're already close to claiming "Mission Accomplished" in the War on Piracy with their ridiculous DRM, unfazed by the fact that it's primarily people who DON'T pirate who get caught in the crossfire. Well, that's not going to be me anymore. No, I'm not going to pirate Ubisoft's games -- primarily because I'm finding that everything I play from them since Rainbow Six Vegas like 8 years ago sucks -- but I certainly won't be shelling out cash for anything they produce that isn't garbage until they reverse their stance on punishing the do-gooders to deter the evildoers.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

If only Capcom would do the same to Final Fight Double Impact