Ubisoft Found Pirating Own Soundtrack?

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.

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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

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22 Comments

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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”

      Luvvit.

  3. The cheaper alternative?

  4. That’s crazy!

  5. Could the meta data not simply have been edited?

  6. 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.

    • 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?!?!

  7. 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.

  8. Bizarre! :P

  9. What the hell is going on today?

  10. 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.

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