Ubisoft cuaght with illegal files in newest patch!

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by zidane_genome, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. zidane_genome

    zidane_genome My sword has a +2 bleeding... wanna test it out?

    May 21, 2006
    United States
    UbiSoft has long been against No-CD patches. Referring to them on their forums would get you warned or banned. But now, they have just officially released a patch for Rainbow 6: Vegas 2, which, when opened in a hex editor, can easily be identified as coming from the RELOADED scene group, not from UbiSoft programmers. A picture of hex analysis is shown in the story. See? Piracy isn't that bad! It saves you from having to code fixes for your own games!

    The situation revolves around that oddest of characters, Direct2Drive (D2D) - an online games store, owned by IGN, selling games over the Internet as protected downloads. Game code is modified to prevent the standard retail DRM from inhibiting game play (as there is no actual disc to check for) with Trymedia activation utilized instead. More importantly, since the code around the DRM has been modified and changed to a different system, regular patches from the game developers can’t be used. Instead, patches must be reworked by D2D to accommodate these changes. These changes are not always quick, a point D2D does try and defuse in its FAQ.

    Thus we come to Rainbow Six: Vegas2 (R6V2) which, since its release in March, has had three patches released for it. The third, 1.03 provides a lot of changes, including new play modes, so legitimate purchasers of the game were eager to try it. The problem is, those that bought it via D2D can’t use it. This is the problem inherent in DRM. Those that buy the product are the ones affected, not those the DRM is designed to defeat.

    After lots of complaining and attempts to fix things themselves, one Ubisoft employee found a solution. A zip file was uploaded to the help/support site, named “R6Vegas2_fix.zip”.

    What it's all about.

    If D2D users patched to 1.02, then replaced the EXE with this one, they could then update to the new patch. However, someone ran a hex edit and it appears the fix was not Ubisoft code but actually a ‘no-cd’ crack released by the Scene group RELOADED, as shown here.

    Since then, the zip file containing the fix has been pulled from the Ubisoft support site, so we’re unable to verify. The game’s community is as baffled by this as everyone else. Since the claimed origin of the fix, 10 days ago, there has been no word on it officially from Ubisoft, beyond a ‘Community Manager’ who states

  2. Deletable_Man

    Deletable_Man Old Man

    Nov 24, 2005
    United States
    I heard about this in IRC last night, looked into it and rofled into the stratosphere.
  3. mcp2

    mcp2 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jun 3, 2007
    UK blud dun kno
    Haha, this is news to me. Well, well those guys are lazy buggers.
  4. NeSchn

    NeSchn GBAPimpdaddy.

    Oct 4, 2007
    United States
    Troy,New York PimpStatus: King
    Lol, 1 piracy 0 ubisoft.
  5. FaRReR

    FaRReR GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    the Internet
    Now, that's funny.
  6. Hyperlisk_

    Hyperlisk_ GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    United States
    Well at least it was just a crack and not a virus [​IMG]
  7. Falco20019

    Falco20019 Advanced Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Gambia, The
    lol! ubisoft failed *gg* was the ubisoft employee trying to state that piracy isn't evil at all? [​IMG] But i think, ubisoft has one employee less now...
  8. silent sniper

    silent sniper !dennaB

    Jan 3, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada

    thats funny stuff, g'job ubi!
  9. XeonZ

    XeonZ GBAtemp Regular

    May 7, 2006
    United States
    Stato del sole
    Ha, take that Ubisoft!