"sincerely apologize" for the mix up regarding the online authentication requirement for From Dust, despite saying it didn't need it before it went on sale.
Now Ubisoft is "working on a patch" that should be out in 2 weeks or so that will "eliminate" the need to authenticate completely. From Dust will be "100% offline."
"We recognize that one of our posts in the From Dust forum regarding the need for authentication in the game was not clear. We sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding. Our tech teams are working on a patch that should release in approximately two weeks that will eliminate the need for any online authentication," a Ubisoft rep.
"This development time is required as we are working to ensure that those who have already started the game, and who’s progress is currently saved on our servers, will receive and save their game information locally."
"Once the patch is ready, players who already have the game will automatically receive the update on their next login and subsequent game sessions will be 100% offline."
Steam began refunding purchases of From Dust because they deemed customers had been duped. The game required an online authentication each time you tried to play it despite not having any online gameplay component. Ubisoft is 'sorry' for the trouble.