Ubisoft will be using a new DRM (digital rights management) system for their upcoming PC releases starting with Assassin's Creed II and Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom. PC Gamer have tried it out and spotted a few not so pleasant details about it. The system essentially requires the player to be connected to the Ubisoft DRM server at all times and if you loose connection for any reason you will be thrown back to the main menu and all your progress since the last save will be lost. The upside is that you won't need the disc in the drive when playing, and you will be able to install and play the game on any number of computers. It still seems like a high price to pay that puts the player's experience at risk.
Ubisoft issued the following statement in a FAQ:
"...If you lose your Internet connection the game will pause while it tries to reconnect. If the Internet connection is unable to resume, the server will have stored your last saved game..."
Sounds a little better, and we suppose no system is perfect. Oh, except for the DRM free system of course. But that isn't exactly perfect for the publishers...