Ubisoft recently announced that they’ve scrapped the offline functionality of their upcoming new IP, For Honor, due out in February. That means you cannot even play the single player campaign unless you’re connected to the Internet. Their reason? Something along the lines of the progression system for both the campaign and multiplayer being tied together. It’s complete nonsense. What it is, is Ubisoft pushing its agenda to redefine ownership and force consumers to accept video games as a service. Truth of the matter is that an Internet connection is not really an issue for me as my PS4 is almost always connected to the Internet, anyway. At worst, an online requirement is only a minor annoyance, like whenever I have to reboot The Division (another always online title from Ubisoft) a couple of times to get to the main menu. Still, I can’t shake the fact that if or when Ubisoft decides to pull the plug on the servers, all I’d be left with is a poorly designed frisbee. It doesn’t matter if Ubisoft will keep the servers running for 100 years, I am not down with the fact that my ability to play their game relies 100% on THEM. I do NOT own The Division. Ubisoft decides when I get to play it. The Division was a commercial success, enough so that Ubisoft has the nerve to do a 180 and break the promise they made with For Honor. We can’t let them get away with this. As much as I’m intrigued by For Honor (it’s been #1 on my most anticipated games list for over a year), I have no choice but to skip it. I cancelled my preorder for For Honor and instead preordered Yakuza 0, which comes out on January 24, 2017. The pain of missing out on For Honor is lessened by the latest gameplay videos they’ve released, which remind me of a bad knockoff of Assassin’s Creed. Cinematic realism was one the biggest selling point for me when they first revealed For Honor. That’s basically gone now as actual gameplay couldn’t be more “video-gamey,” with glowing outlines around each enemy and whatnot. At any rate, I won’t stand for Ubisoft or any other company taking away my right to own my games. If For Honor succeeds, gamers lose. It’s as simple as that. What about you? Are you okay with all this? Let me know!