As any of the industry belonging to the mother entertainment industry has taught us, when it comes to justifying losses, the answer is quick and unequivocal – file-sharing is to blame.
But how about when those ferocious anti-piracy moralists are caught with their fingers in the till themselves? Well, the answer may not come as quickly.
For many gamers, Brotherhood’s arrival to the PC later this month was quite a thrill especially since Ubisoft had announced the release of a digital deluxe version of the game, complete with a variety of extras from which a copy of the game’s soundtrack was not forgotten, all just to make fans happy. But, damn, fans are just a curious species!
After preordering the game one such fan was in for a surprise – except for one track, all the songs (23) included the phrase “encoded by Arsa13” in their ID3 tag. From there it wasn’t hard to find the origin of the phrase – pirated versions of the AC:B soundtrack that included the collector’s edition of the game available on multiple file-sharing sites and uploaded by someone called Arsa13.
The simplest conclusion to draw – the soundtrack a torrented version.
The only answer Ubisoft could come up with so far was that the situation is under investigation.
However, I’m sure gamers remember another similar incident back in 2008 involving the same publisher. ArsTechnica recalls:
Rainbow Six Vegas 2 users who had digital versions of the game were having issues, as the game required a disc to be playable. Ubisoft updated the game with a patch that allowed the game to be played without a disc. Problem was, that patch was actually created by pirate group Reloaded and used without attribution.