From Dust DRM to be patched out

From Dust

Ubisoft have decided to remove From Dust's controversial DRM system that requires players to be online whenever the game is launched.

A post from Ubisoft on their forums, spotted on Eurogamer , says that a patch will arrive in approximately two weeks to remove the start up authentication procedure. They say that the development time is needed to ensure that players' game saves, currently stored on Ubisoft's servers, are relocated to users' hard drives before the servers are switched off.

"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," reads the forum post.

The turnaround follows initial confusion over From Dust's DRM system before its release. A forum post from a Ubisoft employee announced that From Dust would not need an internet connection to play, which turned out to be entirely inaccurate . Players who bought the game based on that premise have since been seeking refunds from Ubisoft and Steam.

Ubisoft don't mention whether the patch will address any of the other problems that players have had with crashes, bugs and a lack of graphical options.

If you want to know what the game behind the DRM is like, read our From Dust review .

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.