From Dust

From Dust

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How to play From Dust on Steam without Uplay
By ThreeSon
You don't need Uplay, a Ubisoft account, or an internet connection to play From Dust on Steam.
Background (From Dust's hidden offline mode)
Before From Dust was released back in 2011, Ubisoft claimed it would only require a one-time online activation in order to play. That was a lie[]

When Ubisoft was confronted about it, they released a patch that allowed the game to run completely offline - no activation or internet connection required.

This offline mode is still available in the current Steam version of From Dust, but it is removed when you start it for the first time, because the launcher will connect to Ubisoft's servers and automatically update to the current version of Uplay.

Fortunately, you can still play offline if you use Windows Firewall to block the Ubisoft launcher from using the internet, which prevents that update from happening. This is an easy process, and it only needs to be done once.
Important Note
Uplay cannot be installed on your computer for this to work. If you play any other game[] that requires Uplay after applying this fix, you will need to repeat steps 1 and 2 below before you can go back to playing From Dust in offline mode. It only takes a minute to do that, but just keep it in mind.

In other words: This guide will be most helpful to you if you are someone who does not frequently play other Ubisoft games.

If you *do* frequently play other Ubisoft games, it may be more convenient to try GQ83's solution here:
The Fix
I made these steps using Windows 7, with the default Windows Firewall. Although I have never used Windows 8 or 10, the procedure should be basically identical for all three versions of Windows, based on what I've read online.

Step 1: Uninstall Uplay and the Ubisoft Game Launcher

1) Go into the Windows Control Panel and select Uninstall a program under the Programs header.

2) Find Uplay and the Ubisoft Game Launcher and uninstall both of them.

(You will probably only have one or the other installed. If you have both, uninstall Uplay first, then the Ubisoft Game Launcher.)

Step 2: Install the Ubisoft Game Launcher

1) Download From Dust on Steam, but do not start it yet.

(If you accidentally ran it already, repeat step 1 then continue from here)

2) Go to your From Dust installation folder, then go into the Support\Ubisoft\ subfolder and run UbisoftGameLauncherInstaller.exe to install the Ubisoft Game Launcher. Once it's finished installing, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Block Ubisoft Game Launcher from using the internet

1) From your desktop, click the Start button and type "firewall" in the search box. One of the results should be Windows Firewall with Advanced Security - select that to open it.

2) In the Firewall window, look in the far-left panel and click Outbound Rules so that it is highlighted.

3) Now in the far-right panel under the Actions header, click New Rule... to open the New Outbound Rule Wizard, and use the following options for each step:

- For Rule Type select Program and click Next.

- For Program select Browse... then navigate to the location where you installed the Ubisoft Game Launcher and double-click UbisoftGameLauncher.exe to select it for your new firewall rule. Then click Next.

(The default location is Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\)

- For Action select Block the connection and click Next.

- For Profile make sure Domain, Private, and Public are all checked, then click Next.

- Type "Ubisoft Game Launcher" (or whatever you want to call it) in the Name field and click Finish. The new outbound rule will appear at the top of the list.

4) Close the Firewall program.

Step 4: Play the game

That's all. You can now play From Dust anytime without Uplay or internet.

When you launch it from Steam, a window that says "Checking for updates" will appear for about 10 seconds, followed by a login screen. At the bottom-right corner of the login screen is a button that says OFFLINE MODE - click that and the game will start.

The firewall rule is permanent, so you won't ever need to repeat step 3 to use this fix in the future, even if you uninstall From Dust and reinstall it at a later time.
Have Fun
I hope this guide is useful to you and allows you to enjoy From Dust without needing to deal with the usual Ubisoft headaches. If you have any questions, post a comment and I will try to answer them.

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ThreeSon  [author] Jul 19 @ 1:56am 

You're welcome. I'm glad it worked for you.
duke0190 Jul 19 @ 1:27am 
thanks. works exactly as you described.
ThreeSon  [author] Sep 11, 2017 @ 6:30am 

Very sorry this isn't working. I'd actually like to try to fix it myself using a remote desktop viewer, if that's okay with you. There may be something I'm missing in the guide here that needs to be updated, or

If that's okay with you, add me as a friend on Steam. It would only take 5 minutes. Otherwise, you may need to try one of the other solutions posted, like GQ83's option:
Pray4Kali Sep 11, 2017 @ 5:13am 

Sorry, I was at work and unable to give an update: I followed it step by step listed above, and block the program file listed, "%ProgramFiles% (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\UbisoftGameLauncher.exe" and it still opens everything for a uplay account. I've repeated the step by step three times before going back to my other games. I dont understand what more I could be doing wrong, I may be to close to the situation though.
ThreeSon  [author] Sep 9, 2017 @ 12:52pm 

Start over from the beginning. Uninstall Uplay and the Ubisoft launcher. Follow each step one at a time (don't skip anything).

When you create the firewall rule, make sure the .exe file you are blocking is UbisoftGameLauncher.exe *not* UbisoftGameLauncherInstaller.exe
Pray4Kali Sep 9, 2017 @ 12:13pm 
It's still trying to log me into uplay 😓
sonicX20 Aug 18, 2017 @ 4:18pm 
thx you save my day :steamhappy:
Mickstache Aug 11, 2017 @ 3:30pm 
Thanks SO much for this. Uplay kept crashing every single time, and I already tried 3 reinstalls before I found this. Never gonna buy any more Uplay game (even though there are some I would actually like to play)
PhoenixFury Jun 19, 2017 @ 1:51am 
Thanks. This allowed me to buy the game legitmately and play it.

... strange is the trapmaker's art.
Minya Jun 12, 2017 @ 12:41pm 
THANK YOU:steamhappy: