Ubisoft uses Reloaded crack as patch

Written by Joe Martin

July 21, 2008 | 09:35

Tags: #vegas

Companies: #ubisoft

Ubisoft has recently released a patch for the Direct2Drive release of Rainbow Six Vegas 2 addressing problems caused by a previous patch which caused the game to look for a CD that obviously wasn't there. That's the good news.

The funny news is that, in an effort to get the patch out quickly, Ubisoft used a no-CD crack made by the pirating ring Reloaded to circumvent it's own copy protection methods. Nice.

The problem first started last month with a new patch for the game that added in new play modes and upgrades, but reintroduced CD checks for a version of the game what was never sold with a CD. For a month, Ubisoft was stumped by the problem - but not everybody was.

The cracking ring known as Reloaded in fact quickly found a way around the disk check by releasing a hacked executable. Ubisoft explicitly forbade discussion of the crack on the forums, but that doesn't seem to have stopped the publisher from incorporating the crack into an official release according to RockPaperShotgun.

The whole thing was exposed when wily gamers cracked open the patch to have a look at it and saw that Ubisoft had not removed the signatures imprinted on the original crack by Team Reloaded.

Ubisoft has now removed the file from the site and said that the matter is being thoroughly investigated.

"Needless to say we do not support or condone copy protection circumvention methods like this and this particular incident is in direct conflict with Ubisoft's policies," said the company in an official statement.

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