With all the negativity piled on Ubisoft over its latest DRM scheme, which requires a constant Internet connection to play its PC games, it’s no surprise that hackers took the challenge and won. I’m not going to link to the crack itself, because we’re not that kind of site, but you can check out the ReadMe file for Assassin’s Creed II from SkidRow, the hacker group that put this together. From the text (typos and all):
Thank you Ubisoft, this was quiete a challenge for us, but nothing stops the leading force from doing what we do. Next time focus on the game and not on the DRM. It was probably horrible for all legit users. We just make their lifes easier.
SkidRow notes that the hack took “weeks of investigating, experimenting, testing and lots of hard work.” You may have previously seen reports that Ubisoft’s DRM was defeated, but SkidRow says its solution doesn’t require a server emulator and is as simple as installing the game and copying the cracked content. So, no more constant online authentication or inability to play offline.
The group also denied that it was involved in an attack on Ubisoft’s DRM servers, which left legitimate buyers of the game unable to play. SkidRow’s name appeared in screenshots of the server attack message, but SkidRow says these were fake, “as we’re only here to compete with our new game release competitors, nothing else.” [via CNet]