Ubisoft Confirms For Honor Has Always-On DRM
(Last Updated On: December 13, 2016)

One of the key selling points for the upcoming fantasy medieval hack-and-slash game from Ubisoft called For Honor, was that you were supposed to be able to play the single-player portion of the game offline. Well, it turns out that’s no longer true.

Tech Raptor picked up a quote from Ubisoft to Power-Up Gaming where they stated that For Honor would be always-on…

“Ubisoft can confirm that For Honor is an always online experience. Some elements of progression, which is hosted online, are shared across story and multiplayer modes. Players will need to be connected to the internet at all times to play For Honor.”

As pointed out by Tech Raptor, this directly contradicts what they advertise on the page of their very own Ubisoft store. Unfortunately you can’t archive individual store pages from Ubisoft’s digital storefront, but there’s always the good old fashioned screen capture option.

So as stated on the site, they promise an offline experience for the single-player campaign mode. However, the quote they issued to Power-Up Gaming indicates that the story mode will share progression and other features with the multiplayer mode, thus both modes require users to be online at all times.

It’s a really awful turn of events given that this was one of my most anticipated games of 2017 (heck, the background of this site is a wallpaper of For Honor). Yet here we have Ubisoft giving the middle-finger to gamers who were desperately hoping to play the game offline. The always-on digital rights management, or DRM for short, ensures that you can only enjoy the game if you stay online.

EA did the same thing with their 2015 release of Need For Speed, heavily pushing the always-on DRM for the game, and it debuted at no. 7 in its first month out, according to Venture Beat. According to VG Chartz the game moved a combined 3 million copies across the Xbox One and PS4 over the course of a year. Of course, VG Chartz can be widely inaccurate so we have no idea how reliable those numbers are. But for comparison’s sake, Need For Speed: Underground sold 1.1 million copies on the PS2 alone in the month of December back in 2005, according to the NPD charts. So 1 million in one month on a single platform for a niche game is very impressive.

So the question becomes: will you cancel your pre-order or avoid a day-one buy due to For Honor  due to always-on DRM?

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  • BobBently

    It’s simple, You were about to buy No Honor, instead you buy Nioh. Vote w/ your wallets.

  • BobBently

    Offline mode was the reason I was going to buy this. Now there is no reason,,

  • Horrorstorm

    I hope the knock on effects of this on sales result in everyone responsible losing their jobs and maybe even a limb or two.

  • King of Zeroes

    How can I cancel a pre-order when I don’t pre-order?

    Disappointed to say the least, but I’ve never bought an Always Online game and I don’t plan to start now.

  • Bitterbear

    Remind me again, if Vivendi gobbles Ubisoft, how worse it could get?

    • All their games could be always-on.

      • Bitterbear

        I remember when Ubisoft did that. IIRC their PC sales plummeted 90%. Let’s bring that back because apparently they forgot that.

  • ScarredBushido

    ahhh ubisoft…you ain’t so bright.

  • durka durka

    What some denuvoe games are cracked? ALWAYS ONLINE DRM…..none of our games are cracked? IRRELEVANT ALWAYS ONLINE DRM!!

  • lunaticFortune

    Eh, seeing as I’d get the PC version and never go offline anyways until I shut the machine down, that doesn’t change much for me. I’m still hype as shit for the gameplay, but the timing will ensure I won’t pick it up on day 1 anyway.

    Though, since the main draw of the game is the multiplayer PvP, I’m curious if it will make much difference, to be honest.

    • Well, I was only interested in the single-player (and maybe local multiplayer). So we’ll have to see how many other single-player lovers out there stick with it or forfeit their purchase.

  • Minuteworld92

    Fucking kykes

    • Ebalosus

      Oy vey, goyshabba!