I didn’t see this one happening for quite a while, but it seems that Ubisoft has gone crazy for us PC gamers. Earlier this week they began a sale with Steam that featured their biggest titles for half price (a different title each day). Now they’ve gone and tossed Good Old Games (still in beta mind you) the proverbial ‘frikken bone’ by giving up some of their absolute finest to the fledgling service, and all without a trace of DRM.
For starters, we’re getting Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Beyond Good & Evil, and IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946. Not long after we’ll see a couple of the greatest games made under the Tom Clancy brand, Rainbow 6 and Ghost Recon, as well as the original Far Cry and Heroes of Might & Magic. I’m wringing my hands in glee at the thought of all the other games that could show up on GOG that don’t end with ‘Z’….
Overall it’s been a good week for Ubisoft and PC gamers alike. I can see a healthy relationship growing here! Good Old Game’s Lukasz Kukawski agrees:
“From our perspective it looks like Ubisoft is trying to change the overall perception of DRM by the big publishers,” he says. “We do understand publishers want to protect their games somehow from getting pirated, but there aren’t really any forms of DRM that haven’t been cracked.”
“We’re all gamers at GOG.com and we hate the DRM thing and the idea of treating honest gamers like criminals. We hoped that launching GOG.com as a DRM-free service would trigger the avalanche and more publishers will realize that restrictive copy protection is not the best way to fight piracy. I don’t believe publishers will completely stop using DRM schemes, but it could lead to a situation where such restrictive copy protection will no longer exist. Signing the deal with one of the biggest publishers in the world, Ubisoft, is definitely another step in this direction.”
Great job GOG and Ubisoft! With more collaborations like this, DRM will be obliterated in no time!
Update: It would seem that the current weekend deal on Steam has Beyond Good & Evil, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, Far Cry, and Dark Messiah Might and Magic all in a pack (Ubisoft Classic Pack) for 9.99 total (39.96 usually). This just further supports Ubisoft’s push for PC gamers!