Rumours, coupled with some screen shots as dubious proof, are coming from Reddit (via PCGamer) that Ubisoft may have relaxed some of the DRM restrictions on their PC games.
A trip into one of 2010's least desirable moments after the cut...
Shacknews have official confirmation from Ubisoft that Assassin's Creed 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction now only authenticate on first load. Other games will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, so if you're steadfastly against this clusterfuck of a PR disaster, you won't be adding Settlers 7, Silent Hunter 5 or H.A.W.X. 2 to your collection any time soon.
We said it would certainly happen...
They claimed it wouldn't...
Back in the mists of time (or 2006, whichever happened first, I forget), Ubisoft used this anti-piracy aberration called Starforce (or however it's spelt).
It pissed off everyone under the sun and, some people say, nearly caused Ubisoft to go bankrupt (after all, who's going to buy a game that might break your PC, burn the cat AND eat your first born, all during the install procedure?).
The system was finally binned and, in a startling show of goodwill, Ubi started releasing games with either simple disc-checks or no protection what-so-ever.
Roll on January 2010 and history looks to be repeating itself.