From Dust DRM Officially Removed With New Patch

By William Usher 2011-09-08 16:23:39 discussion comments
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Valve promised that they would work with Ubisoft to get the god-game, From Dust, patched and devoid of the digital rights media setup that enforced gamers to stay online in order to play the game (even if you wanted to play offline). Well, today, Valve has confirmed that the From Dust patch that removes the DRM from the game has gone live and that players’ saved games can now be saved to the hard disk instead of on the cloud.

As stated on the official news site for Steam…
Updates to From Dust have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

From Dust
• Title can be played in offline mode (no connection to the Internet is required after installing the patch)
• Save file is moved from the Uplay/Ubisoft server to the local machine

Nice. For those of you wondering why a patch was even required to make a game playable offline (remember when you needed patches to play games online?) Ubisoft promised that the game would have a one-time DRM check for the first time the game was played and after that gamers wouldn’t be bothered by DRM thereafter. However, that was not true and Ubisoft had an always-on DRM implemented into the game that prevented consumers from being able to play offline at their own convenience.

Valve eventually reached terms with Ubisoft that offered some players refunds, which is not something they’re known to do with digital software purchases.

As it stands, if you want to play From Dust the game will automatically be patched to have the DRM removed and enable you save your games off the cloud and on your hard disk.

From Dust is also available for the Xbox 360 and will arrive soon for the PlayStation Network.
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