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?