Rumor: Ubisoft DRM already cracked

Thursday, 4th March 2010 03:30 GMT By Nathan Grayson


One of DRM’s many problems has always been its staying power. Publishers build their walls higher and higher, but pirates just bulldoze right over them time and time again.

Ubisoft, however, thought its anti-piracy solution was different. And, unfortunately (or extremely fortunately, depending on how you look at it), Ubisoft thought wrong.

Only a day after Silent Hunter 5′s release, pirates are already claiming to have intercepted Ubisoft’s maiden DRM voyage. “Install game and copy crack, it’s that simple!” reads the description on the pirated version of the game.

Apparently, the pirated version is specifically meant to be played without the Internet and far away from the prying eyes of Ubisoft’s new system.

For now, though, we’re tagging this as a rumor, since we here at VG247 both simultaneously despise piracy and adore moral high grounds. Thus, we have not and will not download a copy of the game. We will, however, shoot an email over to Ubisoft and see what’s what.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. MushroomStamp

    When are they going to learn. People are going to do what people do and they should take the money and effort and just put it into games quality. Security has never worked and never will. Yet quality movies and games find a way to still make a CRAP LOAD of money if they are good enough.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Joe_Gamer

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh that just makes my day.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    They should just not release their games on PC really, they’re just getting robbed. It probably isnt worth the effort.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Kalain

    Yes, and watch the games market plummet. That would be very intelligent now, wouldn’t it.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    How so?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    and i will not buy any Ubisoft game until they will stop this piece of shit system.

    I wanted to buy Settlers 7, now FUCK YOU. I will download it and will say thank you to pirates, i know this is bad, but the worst case if i would buy Settlers 7 and my game crushed in the middle of the disconnect.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Old MacDonald

    Ironically the news that the system has been cracked made me more likely to buy the games using it (especially Settlers 7).

    #7 5 years ago
  8. NiceFellow

    This is so silly. We have companies build on the back of providing DRM for other companies that adds to the whole cost of development and does nothing.

    DRM is always cracked. Games are available in days.

    The research shows that not only does the DRM prevent more or less zero piracy, if it wasn’t there more people would buy the game.

    Developers really need to just let these games go out without the DRM. Those who buy will buy – it wouldn’t occur to me to pirate anything (I never have) but I’m now not buying because of DRM.

    I’m you’re average gamer who buys and those who don’t buy aren’t going to buy because of DRM, they’re simply going to wait for it to be cracked.

    The whole thing is ridiculous. The developers could save all the costs of the DRM if they dropped it, almost certainly see higher sales, and piracy would remain more or less at the same level but the purchasing consumer wouldn’t be given all this trouble.

    It’s amazing how businesses can’t see past their fear of piracy and the knowledge it exists to take the braver but better path.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Blerk

    I think this link is very relevant at this point. :-)

    #9 5 years ago
  10. unacomn

    Not a rumour.

    Also AC2 works, mostly.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. SunKing

    Let me get this straight.

    Let’s go by the assumption that more, rather than less, legitimate consumers are put off buying Ubisoft games as a result of their stringent DRM.

    The pirates have already cracked the game, are receiving a superior version and will have no reason to buy the retail copy. The DRM has not affected their behavior at all.

    So, now they’ve lost the same amount of sales from pirates (depending on whether you think they’d ever pay for anything) and more sales from potential customers. Nice going, Ubisoft.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. endgame

    i can confirm that. a copy of sh5 has already been on the torrent sites since yesterday.

    and on this occasion i want to thank the pirates for what they’ve done. gd job guys! :)

    3rd. about what Gekidami said “They should just not release their games on PC really, they’re just getting robbed. It probably isnt worth the effort.” piracy on the 360 now stand at about 1/3 of the pc numbers. before saying things like that u should do some research. don’t try to look like u know everything unless u want to end up looking like a fucking douchebag.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. N.E.R.D

    i see red year 4 ubisoft here
    dont fight piracy cuz it is INVINCIBLE

    #13 5 years ago
  14. ruckus

    +1 Blerk – Now if only some dipshit MP could see the issue is full of consumer insta-win and run with it and get crap like that banned.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. vincentw00t

    I’m getting so sick of this quasi-righteous attitude to circumventing DRM and piracy. I think you’d be a fool to argue that piracy isn’t a pretty serious issue for companies producing digital media. You only need to look at all the spods who measure self-worth in gigabytes—they’ve download the WHOLE Beatles back catalogue, but I doubt they could hum you the chorus of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. “Hey, have you downloaded the latest episode of Family Guy/American Dad/South Park?” his friend asks. “Fuck you!” he replies, “Hahahahahaha, I have made a funny joke like they made on that latest episode of Family Guy/American Dad/South Park that you just asked me about! Also, of course I downloaded it—it’s my duty/right as an American/Englishman/Citizen of Earth”

    It’s easy to think of the studios and the companies that put this stuff out there as some faceless evil who want nothing more than to whittle down your rights to access their work to the tiniest possible sliver while charging you out the arse for it. And this is probably somewhere between a bit true and quite true. Companies—by their very natures—tend not to have faces and it’s a well known fact that they love money and hate you. The argument that companies needn’t waste their time on developing and deploying DRM strategies because the kind of people that would pirate the media rather than paying for it will find a way round it is logically circular; company suffers as a result of piracy, company employs DRM, DRM is circumvented and the company suffers as a result of piracy, the company employs new DRM, Orr would be crazy to fly more missions!

    There seems to be this prevalent notion that it’s more justifiable to pirate media if the people that own and made that media EXPECT YOU TO PAY FOR IT and try to give you no choice other than TO PAY FOR IT. The bastards. Like somehow taking a stand against the fact the company invested time and money into developing DRMs is somehow going to make them lay down arms and accept that—no matter what they do—people will always steal that stuff what they done! Like somehow exacerbating the situation will make it all better. Like fuel on a fire. Like red to a bull. Like another tired cliché.

    There’s certainly some stuff not to like about Ubisoft’s new DRM model; the introduction of an unwanted and prohibitive barrier to how and when the game can be played. But as I understand it, this model also provides some advantages: multiple installs on multiple machines, disk not required to play, saved data stored on a cloud somewhere. It’s by no means perfect—and arguably the drawbacks outweigh the benefits—but I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction. We’ve got DRM now and it’s an evil we brought on ourselves—you guys saw what happened to Sodom when they got out of hand, right? I’d much rather see a company taking steps to make owning a legitimate copy of their work a boon rather than an inconvenience (The unskippable frustration: You wouldn’t steal a handbag). I think maybe Ubisoft’s model is a misstep, but at least it’s on the right road.

    To summarise: I don’t really have a problem—per se—with piracy, I’d just rather that people didn’t act like they were hulking, bare-chested, freedom-fighting liberators when they did it.

    #15 5 years ago

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