Assassin’s Creed: Shadows: Does it Really Need to be Online Just when Installing?

Known as Assassin’s Creed Red by Ubisoft before its official unveiling, the project now claims that it only requires an Internet connection during installation, but given the French company’s track record, we doubt it.


The game, set in Sengoku-era Japan, has you controlling a samurai and a shinobi, and there was some confusion when the PlayStation Store page for Assassin’s Creed: Shadows stated that the game would require an internet connection. This wasn’t well received by fans, as the franchise is primarily a single-player game, but Ubisoft recently pulled the plug on the first The Crew after shutting down the servers…

This sparked the Stop Killing Games campaign, to which the British government essentially shrugged its shoulders. Still, many were curious to know what the situation was, so Ubisoft finally took to Twitter to say whether it really is necessary to be constantly connected to the Internet, or if it is only necessary to be online once with Assassin’s Creed: Shadows: “It will not require a mandatory connection at all times. An online connection will be required to install the game, but you will be able to play the entire journey offline and explore Japan without an online connection”. The PlayStation Store description has also been rewritten, with an internet connection now “optional” for Ubisoft’s game…

Back in 2015, when Fallout 4 was released, the PC port of the game had to be connected to the internet, as Bethesda Game Studios’ game had to be downloaded from Steam. Since then, you can say that all AAA games have a Day 1 patch. However, there is a big difference between a one-time Internet connection and a frequent (but not constant!) need. And in the latter case, Ubisoft has its hands dirty.

The French company uses Denuvo in all its PC games. And this DRM needs an internet connection from time to time. If you don’t have it (or if the servers go down; Persona 3 Reload recently had that happen…), the game WILL NOT START. And we think the game coming out on November 15th will definitely have Denuvo on PC. So they could be lying…

Source: PCGamer

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