A PC Game release after what seems like an eternity! Velvet Assassin, a stealth action game developed by replay studios has leaked on the internet right on the game’s street date (official release date). Source of the leak appears to be veteran scene group Razor1911. Velvet Assassin is protected by Valve’s Steam. However, Razor1911 seems to have cracked the protection present in the main executable. The release does not appear to be a Steam rip – Full DVD ISO’s present in the leaked version suggest that it might be from a retail source.
As far as I’m aware this title was distributed both via Steam as well as through retail stores. Both versions had the same anti piracy protection (much less intrusive that DRM such as SecuROM) embedded into them. Although Razor1911 have previously released several Steam rips with custom installers, and this release too is seemingly based on a custom installer.. Anyways the release has now spread to private trackers, public BitTorrent trackers, search engines, FTP servers and so on.
Speaking of the game, Velvet Assassin seems to be a fun game to play. Stealth elements are tightly integrated into the game and it actually brings back memories of good old Splinter Cell. Minimum system requirements to run the game are given below:
- Microsoft ® Windows ® XP / Vista
- Processor - Pentium ® 4 3 GHz or equivalent Athlon ® 64
- 1 GB of RAM
- 5,5 GB free hard disk space
- 3D-graphics adapter with 256 MB memory that supports pixel shaders 3.0, compatible with DirectX ® 9.0c (GeForce 6800GS or Radeon X1600XT)
- A sound device compatible with DirectX ® 9.0s
Although this title was cracked right on the release date, a major worry for pirates still remains. Chronicles of Riddick : Assault of Dark Athena remains uncracked even after more than 2 weeks since releases. It looks like SolidShied is keeping pirates at bay.