Far Cry 4 Publishers Messing With Pirates By Getting Them To Admit They Are Pirates

from the okay-then dept

Ubisoft and DRM go back a long, long way. In nearly every case, it hasn't exactly gone well for the game company, either. Its uPlay launcher, for instance, sort of stripped all the DRM out of publisher's games, which didn't make them too happy. Then there was the time its DRM allowed for the remote hacking of its customer's computers. Yay. Yet, even these experiences never really deterred Ubisoft from trying to beat the pirates at their own game with different, but always annoying DRM strategies. My favorite, frankly, is still the vuvuzela DRM.

I have no idea how far this latest strategy of Ubisoft's will go or what it plans to do with their honeypot trap, but the company sure has done a nice job getting Far Cry 4 pirates to out themselves.

If your copy of Far Cry 4 on PC doesn't have FOV (Field Of View) options, and you complained about this on a forum, you might want to go and delete your comments. Because there's a very good chance you've just outed yourself as someone who pirated the game. Seems the option to adjust the FOV was added as part of an update that came along with the retail release of the game, so anyone who doesn't have it is most likely (a small handful of folks might have bought a disc version and never gone online, but then, how would you be complaining online?) in possession of a pirated copy.
Which, I mean, meh. In and of itself, getting those who pirated the game to unwittingly out themselves is kind of funny, kind of clever, and certainly isn't of any harm. If used in conjunction with a human approach and a little social shaming, it could actually be quite productive. Ubisoft's reputation would have to be overcome, but, hey, this is the land of second chances or whatever. If this is part of some plan for Ubisoft to bring out a legal hammer however, well, that ain't going to work as a matter of a long term business plan.

Which is what makes this seem simultaneously exhausting and futile. This arms race with pirates at best will never end and more likely will always be lost eventually, so what's the point?

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Filed Under: admissions, drm, far cry 4, piracy, video games
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    Slinky (profile), 25 Nov 2014 @ 6:04am

    FarCry 4 is basically just another copy of FarCry 3, even the character animations including the soundFX are the same as FC3. The RadioTowers are back in a slightly modified version, and ofcourse there are some nice additions to the game. But all in all it's definately not worth the 90 Euro for the 'complete game'. It is obvious that Ubisoft had more focus on making easy money, than on creating something really new and groundbreaking. 90 Euros for FC4 is far more than other AAA titles, and it's half the quality. Which is worse, screwing with paying customers, or dealing with piracy. Shame on you Ubisoft.

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