Ubisoft's infamous DRM strikes again next week, as Ubisoft's planned transition of their online service infrastructure means that most of their games won't work online. Unfortunately, due to their draconian DRM, some of their games won't work offline either.
Ubisoft's plan to move away from a third-party provider, to their own facility, may be well intentioned - designed to improve services, but due to the way the Ubi DRM works, in that even some offline/single player games require a constant Internet connection, this means that a half dozen games will simply not work during the transition.
Ubisoft lists the games affected, and more than half a dozen games, including Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell Conviction and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2, are listed as being totally unplayable during the transition. For the other games, "The Online features of all games that are not mentioned above will be impacted during the transition, Offline modes will not be impacted," Ubisoft noted.
Ubisoft introduced a stronger form of DRM in order to prevent piracy, although most of their heavily protected games do eventually get cracked and are readily available online at the usual piracy haunts.
But in a bitter twist of irony, gamers that use the pirated version of Ubisoft's games won't be affected during this "blackout".