Ubisoft's DRM Currently Winning Against Pirates

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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  • good for you ubisoft, you think you've won while the people wh actually buy the game are suffering from your stupidity and the ones who wont buy your game will just play it any way, be it yesterday or in 2 weeks time... do you think they care? Chances are people who play the cracked version where never gona buy it in the first place, and the people who buy it, probably never contemplated the idea of downloading it... you best chance with "pirates" is that in a few months/years someone downloads it, plays it, likes it and the next day he goes to the store and: "hey look whats this on the discount bin for 5$, sweet!!!" this is a war you wont win... the best thing you can do is leave them be... just sell games cheaper... so more people can buy it...
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  • I didn't buy BioShock because of its DRM limited installs...

    I also wouldn't buy a game that cannot be played offline in singleplayer mode...
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  • keep your smirk when you see the Sales Chart Ubi..
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