Earlier today I purchased Assassin's Creed 2 for PC from Steam. I swore never to purchase another Ubisoft game that uses DRM again after the problems I had with SC: Conviction (the DRM kept kicking in and pausing the game, it was like playing with a strobe light)... but I digress. I fell for their trap and bought AC2 and after it installed I have been unable to play it. Each time I try to log in I get a message saying:
An internet connection is required to play this game. Failed to connect to the Ubisoft master servers. Please verify that your internet connection is functional and try again.
My internet connection is functional (as I am making this post on it from the PC on which I'm trying to play AC2). I have learnt my lesson and will never by *another* Ubisoft game, but I would like to play AC2 and get my moneys worth from it.
Is there anyway to know whether the servers are actually down? Or are there some fixes to get around this issue?
2. Some anti-virus or firewall programs may prevent the Game Launcher from communicating properly with the service. Please make sure that you have updated any anti-virus or personal firewall software you have installed. Some software may need to be uninstalled from your computer to play the game. Programs known to interfere with the Game Launcher:
3. You can also give this method a try. Locate the HOSTS.txt file found under this path, 'C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc'. Open it with any text/notepad, and then delete everything below these two lines of text:
After that save this file, and try playing the game again. Also see what happens, if you DELETE this hosts.txt file ?
4. Try to disable any antivirus software or Windows firewalls to allow the Ubisoft GameLauncher full access. Also check your Router's firewall.
These are some Online Services Platform Ports:
80, 13000, 13005, 13200-13999
(all TCP) if not using web proxy.
If you are unsure of how ports work, the best course of action may be to contact your router manufacturer, system administrator or ISP for more information. You can also try to bypass the router by plugging directly into the modem to see if the connection error persists.