A week ago, it was revealed that Anno 2070 had some pretty overzealous DRM measures. Each copy of the game comes with three activations only. If you alter your PC hardware in any way (even if you just upgrade your graphics card, which is kind of likely in the PC gaming sphere) then that counts as a new PC and a second one of your activations will be required to re-register the game with Ubisoft servers. Madness, we know.
Website Rock, Paper Shotgun asked Ubisoft whether this DRM bug would be fixed, and Ubisoft replied saying “LOL, there’s no bug there dog, you be trippin’” or something to that effect, and maybe with a French accent. They added that on the “rare occasion” of a PC gamer requiring additional activations, they should contact Ubisoft support directly for assistance. Gee, thanks.
Anno 2070 developer Bluebyte has since issued a response to Guru3D (the tech website that first uncovered this DRM balls-up) saying that they’ve removed the DRM tied to graphics cards: “Just wanted to let you know, that we now remove the graphics hardware from the hash used to identify the PC. That means everyone should now be able to switch the GFX as many times as he/she wants”. Hooray! DRM disaster averted, somewhat.