You read the title right Assassin’s Creed II requires a constant internet connection while playing. If, in the midst of an intense battle, somehow your internet connection is broken, the game will pause as it tries to reconnect. If it cannot establish a connection to the Ubisoft servers, then the game will quit. The last save game is stored online directly for you to resume your workwhen you can reconnect.
This extreme anti-piracy initiative is a first from Ubisoft. The publisher has also provided an FAQ for this service which boils down to these points:-
- Buy the game.
- Make an account on Ubisoft.
- Anywhere you have internet access, you can play the game.
Nevertheless, this system works on a cloud and you can install your copy in as many machines as you want. Your saves are synchronized to the server and you can resume your gameplay from whichever computer you have. It is like Steam and its related cloud gaming system Steamworks. Only Steam does not always need a constant connection.
Oh the sorrow of legal gaming/music/movies.