Digital Rights Management (DRM) is supposed to stop piracy, but in reality it's more likely to hinder paying customers from playing their purchased games than it is to stop resourceful pirates from doing their thing.

One of the most annoying forms of DRM is the always-online requirement used by many PC games, including some of Ubisoft's, like From Dust and Driver San Francisco (though those were later patched to remove the online requirement).

Now Ubisoft's Stephanie Perotti, worldwide director for online games, has told Rock, Paper, Shotgun in an interview that the company is ditching the annoying DRM for good.

“Whenever you want to reach any online service, multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play," Perotti said. "But if you want to enjoy Assassin’s Creed III single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want.”

Do you think piracy is on the rise, or will it decline as companies adopt more PC-friendly policies like this one?

[via Joystiq]