Ubisoft has apologized for problems with its DRM server switch that have locked people out of games that were supposed to remain playable during the transfer.
Ubisoft made it known last week that several of its PC games would be unavailable for an indeterminate period of time because of a server move. No servers, no DRM, and thus no game, unless of course you happen to have an illegal, pirated copy lying around, in which case everything will work just fine.
Anyway, if there’s one thing Ubisoft is known for, it’s making bad DRM situations worse, and thus it will likely come as no surprise to anyone that the already-awkward outage has reportedly spilled beyond the games it was supposed to affect and knocked out games that were supposed to stay online during the changeover as well, including Driver: San Francisco and Anno 2070. Ubisoft had previously stated that both games would remain untouched by the blackout.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, it seems some of you can’t connect to games announced as playable during migration,” Ubisoft tweeted earlier today. The publisher has offered a workaround for Anno 2070, although at least one user is still having problems. And when will they be back online? “We expect services to be back up on Thursday morning,” Ubi said in a separate tweet. “We’ll provide status updates throughout the day.”
Unless you pirated the games, that is. In that case, you can just go ahead and play whenever you like.