Ubisoft game outage caused by hackers

The bad news just keeps piling up for Ubisoft and its 'uncrackable' DRM.

It now appears that the company's fiendish plan of forcing its customers to play only whilst connected to the Internet has spurred the hackers into action, forcing the company to apologise to disgruntled gamers who couldn't log onto the DRM verification servers.

"Ubisoft would like to apologise to anyone who could not play ACII or SH5 yesterday," the company said in a statement to Eurogamer this afternoon."

Servers were attacked and while the servers did not go down, service was limited from 2.30pm to 9pm Paris time [1.30pm - 8pm GMT].

Despite 13 pages of angry rants from gamers who had been locked out of the software they had paid good money for on the company's official blog alone, Ubisoft tried to play down the affect of the attack.

"Ninety-five per cent of players were not affected, but a small group of players attempting to open a game session did receive denial of service errors. All players with an open session during the attack were not affected.

The company also flew in the face of mounting evidence that its two new releases had been well and truly scuppered my pirates by saying: "At this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available."

A quick look on a well known pirate-themed P2P pointer site offers (unsubstantiated) evidence to the contrary.