Kudos to Ubisoft for listening to customers and taking a chance. They’ve announced that the retail release of the PC version of Prince of Persia will have no DRM at all:
“A lot of people complain that DRM is what forces people to pirate games but as PoP PC has no DRM we’ll see how truthful people actually are,” said Easton in a post on the Ubisoft forums. “Not very, I imagine.”
Easton later clarified that only the retail copies will be devoid of DRM: “I was purely talking about store-bought copies of PoP which have no copy protection.”
So the digital download still has DRM, but the disc version doesn’t. Keep that in mind when deciding which one to buy. I’d be happy as a clam except that I won’t be buying the PC version of PoP because it’s a platformer and I prefer to play those on a console. I’ll still be buying PoP for the PS3 so it’s not like they won’t get some money out of me, assuming I don’t get it for Christmas, but at least they’re giving a DRM free PC version a shot. If you’re thinking of buying the game for the PC then you now have an excellent reason to do so. Plus I hear the game is pretty good.
Updated: The folks at GoGamer.com have PoP on sale for $30. Even more reason to buy it.