It turns out that PC owners of Ubisoft’s From Dust are less than enthused about the DRM solution Ubi is imposing. Originally Ubisoft stated that the title would require a one-time internet activation. However, it turns out that the game requires activation once every time you start the game. As long as you are connected to the internet when the game launches then you’re good to go, that’s not quite the same thing as a “one time activation” however.
“From Dust PC will release with DRM requiring a one-time only online activation. After which you will be able to play the game offline.”
“From Dust requires an internet connection when you start the game.
Make sure you are connected to the internet when you attempt to start the game.
After you have signed in and the game is running, you no longer need the internet connection and can disconnect from it if you wish.”
While Ubi seems to be discounting the concerns of their users and editing and removing forum posts complaining about the situation, Steam is taking the concerns of its customers seriously and is offering refunds if you aren’t happy with the DRM:
So if you feel you’ve been burned or mis-led by this DRM activation scheme, feel free to let us know how it works out getting a refund. Rumor also has it that the game has already been hacked to remove the DRM and is available through the usual sources.
Once again, DRM is only bothering legitimate consumers of the game and not the people DRM is designed to target.