Ubisoft has scrapped its controversial "always-on" DRM for PC titles, according to a report by RockPaperShotgun.

Ubisoft actually dropped the DRM months ago, but it's only now making it official.

"We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline," Ubisoft's worldwide director for online games, Stephanie Perlotti told RPS.

"Whenever you want to reach any online service, multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play. But if you want to enjoy Assassin's Creed III single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want."

Previously the DRM used in Ubisoft PC titles meant that you'd need to be connected even when playing though a single-player portion of a game, and if the connection dropped you'd be kicked out and lose any unsaved progress.

This is great news for PC gamers who have had to suffer the awful DRM used by Ubisoft, and hopefully is a signal that the publisher will start to put more effort into the platform. The next step is trying to get big games out on PC at the same time as consoles.