According to GameRanx, hackers have found a way to circumvent Ubisoft’s uPlay system, and have opened up the range of games to be pirated. That range includes the still officially unannounced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, above.
The site claims that the security is avoided via an “existing vulnerability in Ubisoft’s uPlay launcher” and the hack “tricks the uPlay executable into believing that the user has ownership over games that they do not own.”
This, perhaps, ties into the rumours that PC and next-gen console versions of Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag would require a constant internet connection for “connected features”.
Following many recent rumours that Microsoft’s next Xbox would have that requirement built in, and the general backlash against the idea among consumers, we’d have thought every publisher was re-examining any plans in this area. Incidents like this make it very easy for publishers to justify consumer-unfriendly measures like always-on.
Ubisoft are apparently yet to patch the uPlay system, although it’s widely expected that anyone caught doing this will be banned. Piracy, regardless of how its done, is illegal.