Legacy removed from Steam amid DRM issues
One of my all-time favorite PC games is Might & Magic II: Gates To Another World, which probably dates me by admission. Never mind. It’s still one of the best RPGs I’ve ever played, although it’s old and not particularly impressive in terms of graphics. I devoured this game and it’s one of the few games that I bought a guide for â something I talk about it in my podcast with Colin Moriarty.
Now the Power and magic the series is back in the news, but not for pleasant reasons. Might & Magic X: Legacy is an old-fashioned first-person RPG in the same vein as Doors to another world, although the 2014 game looks much prettier. They should not be confused with Heroes of Might and Magic tactical games, although they share a fantastic universe with each other.
The 7-year-old RPG (damn, has it been that long?) Has had a few issues lately, and Ubisoft isn’t improving things. The publisher announced that the game’s servers will be taken offline along with several other games. The full list of server shutdowns included:
- Assassin’s creed 2
- Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands
- Far cry 2
- Anno 1404
- Might & Magic – Clash of Heroes
- Shattered cell conviction
- The settlers 7
- Might & Magic X – Legacy
For a game like Power and Magic X it didn’t seem like a big deal. This is a single player game, after all, and the servers were only there for DRM. Unfortunately, when the servers went down, single player play was interrupted in the process as players were unable to complete Act 1.
When these problems started on June 1, a Ubisoft spokesperson told PC Gamer that the company was “aware of and investigating the reported issues,” but the fix appears to simply remove the game from Steam. It was for sale – and for sale during the Summer Steam Sale – with problems galore. Now it is no longer available for purchase. It won’t solve the problems for current owners of the game (like yours) but it will prevent newcomers from falling into a trap.
This is not really a solution, of course. If you are an avid gamer of the game, you are still out of luck. Hopefully Ubisoft will continue to work on the issue and the company – and other publishers – realize the folly of linking single-player games to online servers purely for DRM reasons. I’m not holding my breath, but it would definitely make sense and avoid a lot of headaches in the process.
You can see the game’s deleted Steam page here. For the games you can still buy and play that are on sale during the near-ended Summer Steam Sale, check out my list:
Thanks for reading! Have you had any problems with Might and Magic X? If applicable, send me a tweet!
I did the video above on July’s Biggest Video Game Releases and you can also watch it on YouTube.