Ubisoft phone home DRM cracked on day one

Game developer Ubisoft's first release featuring a controversial new phone home DRM, submarine sim Silent Hunter 5, has been cracked on the day of its release.

Ubisoft has played down the breach in its anti-piracy measures, according to GamesIdustry.biz, saying that anyone playing versions of the game currently being seeded to file sharing networks is incomplete.

Troublesome tinkerers have apparently circumvented the game's protection measures by applying a patch to an executable file, and disconnecting the internet connection to stop the software 'phoning home' to Ubisoft's servers, and by saving game progress offline.

Looks like another worthless DRM scheme has done nothing at all other than inconveniencing legitimate gamers who have paid good money for a partially hobbled title. When will they learn?