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Ubisoft's DRM Currently Winning Against Pirates

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 57 comments

Ubisoft currently having the latest laugh in the Assassin's Creed II pirate wars.

Earlier this week we learned that pirates have already packaged and released a version of Silent Hunter 5 that supposedly found its way around Ubisoft's new Internet-required DRM scheme.

It turns out that the pirates may have jumped the gun on their victory cries, as there are now reports that players are unable to play Silent Hunter 5 past the first mission. It seems that the game may be making repeated requests for authentication between levels before allowing the player to continue.

An early crack was also released for Assassin's Creed II (which hits Australia and Europe before North America's March 9 release), but those who have tried it say that they are unable to advance very far into the game without being sent back to the menu screen.

In an Ubisoft statement reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the game company said: "You have probably seen rumors on the web that Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter 5 have been cracked. Please know that this rumor is false and while a pirated version may seem to be complete at start up, any gamer who downloads and plays a cracked version will find that their version is not complete."

In the early hours of the fight, it seems that Ubisoft is one up on the pirates. Thankfully, Ubisoft appears to be making it a little easier on paying customers.

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    ColMirage , March 5, 2010 10:48 PM
    Enjoy the "Victory" while you can, Ubisoft, they'll find a way to bypass that soon enough.
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    alextheawesome , March 5, 2010 10:48 PM
    Tomorrow's article "Pirates Pity Ubisoft's DRM"
  • 28 Hide
    scione , March 5, 2010 10:50 PM
    i give the pirates a week to work everything out
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    kingnoobe , March 5, 2010 10:48 PM
    LMAO.. Ya, and I'm sure they have a repack/fixed crack up in no time. DRM is stupid, and how ubi even thinks otherwise is beyond me. DRM turns honest people into pirates not deter them.
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    ColMirage , March 5, 2010 10:48 PM
    Enjoy the "Victory" while you can, Ubisoft, they'll find a way to bypass that soon enough.
  • 28 Hide
    alextheawesome , March 5, 2010 10:48 PM
    Tomorrow's article "Pirates Pity Ubisoft's DRM"
  • 28 Hide
    scione , March 5, 2010 10:50 PM
    i give the pirates a week to work everything out
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    eklipz330 , March 5, 2010 10:51 PM
    I'm usually against Draconian DRM, but go UBISOFT!

    but SCREW YOUR DRM! im still not buying it =]
  • 22 Hide
    winner4455 , March 5, 2010 11:08 PM
    Keyword: Currently
  • 18 Hide
    gm0n3y , March 5, 2010 11:18 PM
    Yay, DRM that makes a game unplayable unless you are connected to the internet.
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    Jaseball , March 5, 2010 11:19 PM
    Most of the people doing cracks most likely have little interest in the actual game or playing it. It's the challenge and making 'the man,' look like an idiot by breaking supposed security quickly.

    I personally believe in supporting game developers and artists and buy my software, pay 99 cents for a song download, and keep things legitimate, but I won't support Ubi's new DRM scheme.

    It's tiring enough to bring game disks with me for single player, but being restricted by having to have an internet connection is just too much. What if I am on a plane? In a remote vacation spot? In a hotel that charges $15 for wireless access?

    The entire point of paying for a game is to play it at my convenience and while I don't believe in piracy I do agree that this sort of DRM harms consumers like me and actually encourages more piracy, but Ubi has probably taken this into consideration and doesn't care.

    Thankfully I thought Assassin's Creed, while smooth and nice looking was pretty boring and repetitive and never planned on getting AC2.
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    rooket , March 5, 2010 11:22 PM
    I remember there were problems with L4D2 but I bought it because I wanted to play it online. Long story short, total utter waste of money.
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    doc70 , March 5, 2010 11:22 PM
    ..."Thankfully, Ubisoft appears to be making it a little easier on paying customers."...

    I don't know what you're smoking, Marcus, but I want some of that...
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    zubai , March 5, 2010 11:25 PM
    Buy original, use the crack.
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    nforce4max , March 5, 2010 11:35 PM
    Who cares, a few hours with a few energy drinks and some hot pockets and the game can be nearly DRM free.
  • 9 Hide
    TheDuke , March 5, 2010 11:38 PM
    soon it will be completely cracked
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    doc70 , March 5, 2010 11:45 PM
    zubaiBuy original, use the crack.

    Waiting for it...
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    sunzeal , March 6, 2010 12:06 AM
    why buy original and use a crack! ubisoft needs to understand situation of the gamers. Not all of em has good net. Well they will suffer lot for this.
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    San Pedro , March 6, 2010 12:36 AM
    Actually users are reporting that Silent Hunter 5 is working with the crack past the first mission.

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    cruiseoveride , March 6, 2010 12:48 AM
    The laughing hasn't even started Markus.

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    Anonymous , March 6, 2010 1:09 AM
    The Assassins creed 2 crack was non "scene" certified. Once a proper "scene" release comes out the DRM will have been fully purged from the game.
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    FloKid , March 6, 2010 1:55 AM
    Harrr Harrr. Unprotected DRMs are for kids. That think their parents don't know...
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