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From Dust PC patch to remove DRM

Ubi backtracks on internet authentication.

Controversial DRM that demands users log on to the internet every time they boot up the PC version of From Dust is to be removed from the game via a title update, Ubisoft has announced.

Following uproar on the game's official forum last week over contradictory claims from Ubi over how the game's online authentication works, the publisher posted a statement on the message board today explaining that it had decided to ditch the DRM.

"We recognise that one of our posts in the From Dust forum regarding the need for authentication in the game was not clear. We sincerely apologise for the misunderstanding," it read.

"Our tech teams are working on a patch that should release in approximately two weeks that will eliminate the need for any online authentication. 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.

"Once the patch is ready, players who already have the game will automatically receive the update on their next login and subsequent game sessions will be 100 per cent offline."

It's currently unclear whether the update will also address any of the other myriad technical issues users have reported with the game.

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