The PC release of Ubisoft's stealth action game Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
will not implement the controversial DRM seen in previous release Assassin's Creed 2
, according to media reports.
Assassin's Creed II
required the consumer to have a constant active internet connection to play on PC when it was first released on the platform in March 2010.
News site VG247 is now reporting that Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
, due for release on PC next month, will lose the intrusive digital rights protection. However, the game will still require an initial online login.
A Ubisoft representative confirmed
that "The PC version of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode".
Ubisoft's authentication DRM was heavily criticized
when it first launched at the start of 2010. The publisher eventually removed
the DRM from its games last month, allowing users to play all its 2010 PC titles offline.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
was released last November for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It was announced last week
that the title has been nominated for seven awards at the British Academy Video Games Awards, to be held on March 16 in London.
The game also received
an award from the Writers Guild of America for its story and script, beating nominees like Fallout: New Vegas
and God of War III