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From Dust Suffering from Clumsy Port, Forced Online DRM

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Those passionate PC gaming enthusiasts at Rock Paper Shotgun have been kicking up a storm around the release of From Dust. After being delayed until August, and finally releasing yesterday, the game’s PC version has been experiencing a plethora of technical difficulties. Players have reported  menus failing to load, limited framerate, and a myriad of standard graphic options available to PC users perplexingly absent.  

The problems are being blamed on a lackluster port, judging by the capped console framerate of 30 frames per second. But the real complaint is the DRM mechanics which force the unforgivable always-online requirement.

RPS has provided screenshots of both the offending internet connection error message as well as the deleted Ubisoft forum post that once claimed From Dust would contain only a one-time internet activation. The now thrice updated report suggests that Ubisoft is simply “looking into the issue.”

After an initial delay of the PC version of the game, it’s surprising so much problems could still be plaguing it. Unfortunately, these aren’t the only problems plaguing the god-sim arcade title. 

From Dust was universally praised in concept and pre-release screenshots, but otherwise received with a lukewarm response due to the slow, somewhat repetitive gameplay and difficult controls. Still, if you haven’t given From Dust a try, it could be right up your alley. Just stick to the XBLA version, apparently.

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    mothmanex said Aug 18th 2011 3:14 PM

    Already asked for a refund in Steam. Not only is it a shitty port, but it also has the worst DRM I have seen. NOTE TO SELF : Don’t buy shittysoft PC games.

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    Blackpaw said Aug 19th 2011 12:12 AM

    why does anyone ever think that a constant internet drm is a good idea. it just sucks and is unnecessarily cruel. never mind that it is completely stupid for a SINGLE PLAYER game to have that style of DRM. Ubisoft, whatever respect i had for your intelligence just went down the toliet.

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    Satwo said Aug 22nd 2011 1:21 PM

    seems mostly like a Black & White knock off anyways. i really wish Lionhead Studios would get back into this sort of game, as they havent let down in the past like this.

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    C said Aug 24th 2011 10:15 AM

    I have to admit, I probably won’t be buying another Ubisoft title until they change their DRM scheme.

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    Jaknal said Aug 25th 2011 5:57 AM

    I’m interested in this because I played Populous when I was younger. But if it has that bad of a rap for the PC version, then I’m probably going to get it via the XBLA instead.

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      Jaknal said Aug 25th 2011 6:00 AM

      Correction: I played Populous: The Beginning when I was younger. We had it for the PC and I fell in love with that game.

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        Airbin said Aug 30th 2011 6:15 PM

        Populous was fantastic. I’d advise looking into Populous: Age of Chaos if you havn’t already. I’ve been hooked on that and multiplayer for forever now xD

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    Kabs said Sep 1st 2011 12:32 AM

    Ubisoft has had issues with this constant connection DRM for some time now. It first reared its head with one of the Silent Service games, before being swept up with the Assassin’s Creed series. At the time, Ubisoft claimed that this would be a simple way for players to not worry about having to mess with cd keys and whatnot. However the execution was less than perfect, with the submarine game (I forget which debuted with this DRM) dropping off the face of the earth. What had been a very popular and profitable series for Ubisoft, just vanished. Sales were through the floor, and digging for bedrock.

    Whatever possessed Ubisoft to continue with this DRM, well that has never been told, but for some reason they proceeded down that same route with the Assassin’s Creed game (the second one.) Once more, sales were less than stellar, and much to Ubisoft’s dismay the code was quickly cracked and a bypass placed for all to see. Since those two fiascos, Ubisoft backed away from this DRM system for a time, though as we see with From Dust they haven’t totally given up on it. In the end, if the company can’t do like the rest of the software designers have already done, and figure out that this type of internet based DRM only works in internet based MMO type games; Ubisoft is going to suffer to the point of obscurity. Joining companies like Hudson who had great ideas but crappy execution.

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    TacoFox said Sep 1st 2011 7:59 AM

    I blame republicans for evil DRM

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    Arbelisk said Sep 2nd 2011 7:38 PM

    And this is why games get pirated.

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    Mystery said Sep 3rd 2011 2:39 PM

    Game works fine on the Xbox 360. Download the trial if you want to see what some gameplay is like, before you use your money on something you may not enjoy.

    Personally it is just not my type of game, but I do have friends who enjoy it.

    As for the DRM, Ubisoft is experimenting with it. Nothing wrong with that. They won’t go down the drain just because of it though.

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