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Assassin's Creed: Revelations doesn't have always-on DRM

Have to be online for one-time activation, though.

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The PC version of Assassin's Creed: Revelations does not force players to always be online to work, Ubisoft has confirmed.

Unlike some of Ubisoft's PC games, Revelations is free of always-online DRM, Ubisoft told Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

It will, however, require you be online the very first time you play the game for an activation. Following that, you can play offline.

Ubisoft game Driver: San Francisco came under fire for particularly stringent DRM that required gamers to be online all of the time. Ubisoft later tweaked this so an online sign-in was required once, at game launch; Driver: San Francisco can then be played offline.

Ubisoft has "every right" to use DRM to protect PC games from "utterly unbelievable" levels of piracy, Driver: San Francisco developer Ubisoft Reflections later told Eurogamer.

"You have to do something," studio founder Martin Edmonson declared.

"It's just, simply, PC piracy is at the most incredible rates. This game cost a huge amount of money to develop, and it has to be, quite rightly - quite morally correctly - protected.

"If there was very little trouble with piracy then we wouldn't need it."

The French publisher has claimed that its policy is a success, insisting it has seen "a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection".

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