The DRM is part of the gameplay. It has some very intersting "meta elements" in that game which, imo, greatly enhance the gameplay. I don't know about the activation limits, but it now uses uPlay, which I like.
You sure it doesn't still use Tages OVER Uplay?
It does. I own it from GG and it doesn't use UPlay (wouldn't have bought it if it did). It does use UPlay if you want multiplayer options but, as I don't, UPlay is a non-event for me.
BTW, this is what GG says about the UPlay component -
HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS AND A VALID UPLAY ACCOUNT ARE REQUIRED TO ACCESS ONLINE FEATURES, PLAY ONLINE OR UNLOCK EXCLUSIVE CONTENT. SUCH CONTENT MAY ONLY BE UNLOCKED ONE SINGLE TIME WITH A UNIQUE KEY. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 13 TO CREATE A UPLAY ACCOUNT WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT. UBISOFT MAY CANCEL ACCESS TO ONE OR MORE SPECIFIC ONLINE FEATURES UPON A 30-DAY PRIOR NOTICE PUBLISHED AT www.anno.ubi.com.