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.