Assassin’s Creed 3: learning from Diablo 3 mistakes
With a month and half to go until the release of Assassin’s Creed III Ubisoft has now made a decision that could help make the game an even more popular choice on the PC, as it will be playable offline. While Ubisoft would have you believe that they made this decision a few months back and took feedback from some of their other previous titles into consideration, one has to assume how much Diablo 3 had to do with this?
It’s no secret that that digital rights management (DRM) has had a huge effect on certain games, with Diablo 3 being the most recent so it’s finally nice to see that some developers have started to listen to their customers with news that Assassin’s Creed 3 can now be enjoyed without the need to connect to the Internet.
We’re told that DRM has not totally been removed as you will need to activate your copy of the game during the installation process, but you will not need an always-on connection after that. Let’s not forget though that the whole issue with DRM has been ongoing for years with Ubisoft, gamers hated the thought of this hindrance, which was only made worse if they had issues with their Internet dropping.
While this issue has never been forgotten it was the release and early problems with Diablo 3 that has highlighted the hatred that gamers have for DRM once again. Okay, so we know that there’s always the fear that dishonest gamers will spoil games for others, but at least honest gamers will not be penalized with always-on DRM.
As you already know you will now be able to take command of your own ship in AC3 thanks to the new Naval level, and this helps to make the whole experience more convincing because in order to have a strong military presence in another country you need to be able to control the seas, which we explained in a recent post. There’s been another new trailer (see below), which offers a walkthrough of this new dimension to the franchise.
There are high hopes for AC3, not only with this new feature, but also the new engine and the changeable weather and huge battle scenes. Let’s just hope that Ubisoft have done enough to make this one of the best from the franchise yet?