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Ubisoft Found Pirating Own Soundtrack?

Well this is new.

Developers artificially boosting their games’ stats on review websites? That’s really nothing new. But a company actually downloading an illegal torrent of its own soundtrack to include with the game’s digital special edition? That’s a little bizarre.

Yet that’s what Ubisoft are now being accused of. A user on web aggregator Reddit who pre-ordered the PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, scheduled to release later this week, got access to the digital goodies included with the game and discovered something a little bizarre: the soundtrack files included with the Digital Deluxe Edition include references to “arsa13” in the metadata – a user who uploaded a torrent of the soundtrack in FLAC format last year following its release alongside the console game.

That means not only did Ubisoft accidentally release a pirated version of the soundtrack, they actually converted it to MP3 first. Classy.

It’s not the first time Ubisoft have done this sort of thing either. Back in 2008, they released a patch for Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 to allow play without the disk in the drive, which later turned out to just be a “NoCD” crack released by piracy group “Reloaded”.

The Reddit user in question notes that it could be just the unnamed digital storefront he used, but it makes sense that such files would be compiled together by Ubisoft and then sent out to each retailer. Does this make Ubisoft guilty of pirating its own soundtrack?

Source: Reddit, via Eurogamer

  1. gideon1451
    Since: Nov 2009

    Haha, that’s just ridiculous! Perhaps it shows how hard hitting the recession is, although that is a bit of a tangent.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:23.
    • Uhyve
      Since: Sep 2008

      Heh, it’s really hitting hard if Ubisoft can’t afford to get some guy to shove a copy of the soundtrack in a CD tray, then click rip.

      Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 14:16.
  2. Aquastyle
    Since: Jul 2010

    Haha, brought a smile to my face this, nice going Ubi! :P

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:23.
    • scavenga
      Since: Jul 2009

      Hahah, I think that’s awesome! “Where are the soundtrack files? Argh, can’t be bothered. Go check if the FLAC files are still up on Pirate Bay”


      Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 16:13.
  3. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    The cheaper alternative?

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:25.
  4. StevenHibs
    Since: Oct 2009

    That’s crazy!

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:33.
  5. shields_t
    Since: Oct 2008

    Could the meta data not simply have been edited?

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:35.
  6. jayjay119
    Since: Apr 2010

    Considering they’re the owners of the soundtrack, can this even be considered as pirating? If a file(s) is yours then surely it doesn’t matter how you come to get it.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:35.
    • bajere
      Since: Aug 2008

      exactly what i was going to type. its fine.

      the real issue is why they lost the file to begin with, so they needed a pirate version?!?!

      Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 14:09.
  7. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Hardly piracy if they own it. Filesharing isn’t just used for illegal purposes. Possibly the person just clicked the wrong link instead of their own original file link. Still seems a bit sloppy though.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:49.
  8. MadBoJangles
    Since: Nov 2009

    Bizarre! :P

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:49.
  9. BIGAL-1992
    Since: Jan 2009

    What the hell is going on today?

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 12:53.
  10. Harinero
    Since: Oct 2009

    Their official reply to this will be that pretty much everyone does it, and they’re quite sure president Obama pirated his own soundtrack too.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2011 at 13:59.

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