According to a report by Softpedia, the PC release of Ubisoft's Splinter Cell: Conviction will be using their latest DRM system, much like the current beta of the Settlers VII and the upcoming PC release of Assassin's Creed 2, along with other titles like Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and the new Ghost Recon.
The new DRM system requires customers to authenticate the game every time they launch it in addition to constantly being connected to the internet. Save files are also stored remotely on Ubisoft's servers. A representative added that the majority of Ubisoft game will most likely use this DRM in order to stave off the pirates. The rep goes on to say, "it's a huge problem - you know it, I know it, other people know it. It really is a very important issue that all serious companies need to address."
It's quite unfortunate that due to the threat of piracy, a company is forced to implement a very distasteful system to protect their intellectual properties, which in turn only ends up frustrating customers who might then turn to piracy simply because buying the game causes more trouble than it's worth. It's a vicious cycle.
Splinter Cell: Conviction will be on store shelves on April 13 for North America and April 16 for the UK.