Ubisoft DRM authentication servers go down

— 6:00 AM on March 10, 2010

That whole "forcing users to be online to play" copy protection scheme Ubisoft premiered recently seems to be having a rough start. After forcing players to retrace progress in the release version of Assassin's Creed II, the new DRM scheme has now prevented folks from, well, actually playing both that game and Silent Hunter 5.

As Shacknews reports, some of Ubisoft's DRM authentication servers went down for about seven hours on Sunday, from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM central. Ubisoft claimed only 5% of players were actually affected, blaming the downtime on the servers being "attacked." The company updated its official Twitter feed on Monday to say its servers came under attack once more.

Shacknews quotes one Ubisoft community manager as saying, "Clearly the extended downtime and lengthy login issues are unacceptable, particularly as I've been told these servers are constantly monitored."

Ubisoft still hasn't offered an alternative for folks wishing to play when the DRM authentication servers experience downtime. However, the company pledged in January that, should it decide to discontinue this DRM scheme, it will patch affected games "so that the core game play will not be affected."

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