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Ubisoft Sues over Assassin's Creed Leak

GameSpot reports that Ubisoft is suing Optical Experts Manufacturing, alleging one of the employees of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based disc replication company pilfered a copy of Assassin's Creed and leaked it to the internet. The GameSpot story indicates the game sold only 40,000 copies in the US through June, but that over 700,000 pirated copies of the game were downloaded. They also relate an odd-sounding claim that Ubisoft intentionally included a bug in the code that would crash the game as a security measure, and that negative reviews of the buggy leaked version harmed their reputation. The suit is said to be for copyright infringement, breach of contract, and negligence, and Ubisoft is asking for over $20 million in damages and legal fees. Here's the strange bit about this supposedly intentional bug:

In addition to lost sales as a direct result of piracy, the publisher also claimed its reputation was hurt by the leak as well. Ubisoft says it included a bug in the pre-release Assassin's Creed for security reasons that would cause the game to crash partway through. The bug was supposedly removed from the retail edition, but a mix of negative reviews of the leaked and bug-equipped pirated version of the game and legitimate reviews of the retail edition created customer confusion and caused "irreparable harm" to its reputation, Ubisoft said.

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112. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2008, 17:48 Tumbler
 
I don't suppose these numbers are readily verifiable, are they?

Nope. And even at half I think that is really generous to say considering the audience they are marketing this game too. 350k PC gamers took the time to download and play Devil May Cry 4?

Really? Because I tried the demo on my console and couldn't be bothered to even rent it to play the full game...I cannot imagine a world where 700k PC gamers were just dying to play devil may cry 4.

This would be a more interesting story if it wasn't such a ridiculous game to be complaining about. A console action button masher game of all things. It's as easy to believe as someone claiming the had priceless artifacts in their house before it burned down. Priceless! I swear!

Hmm, wait a second. Assassins Creed...why did I think this was about Devil May Cry 4...? I guess I'm getting piracy complaing threads mixed up. Wait so this was assassin's creed all along? I think I need some time away from teh site because I'd swear this was about Devil may cry 4... Wow, talk about a mind fuck...

Edit: Ok I see what I did. That DMC4 thread ended around the time this one started and the discussion I think just carried over. (in my mind apparently) So yeah, you can ignore my ravings about DMC4.

40k is a surprisingly low number for AC. I do recall it being on the tops of the piracy lists for PC games but after playing and beating the rental I don't see why it was expected to be a big PC seller. I don't know if developers have very accurate statistics about how many gamers have multiple platforms to play on but AC seemed like a game aimed at more mature players who are likely to have at least one of the major consoles as well as a computer.

And the fact that it came out late is a big negative for sales on another platform. I'm guessing that a lot of PC gamers have xbox's. A LOT.
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