The street date for the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is getting nearer. The game is due to be released on the 17th of March in Europe and on the 22nd in North America. However, those familiar with the file sharing scene may know that the game has already leaked online – it was initially released by a Russian P2P pirate group and then by the well known scene group SKIDROW (SKIDROW’s modified exe seems to be more or less stolen from the Russian release, but that’s another story). Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is yet another game that uses the controversial UBISoft DRM – have pirates once again beaten this protection which was at one stage claimed to be uncrackable? They seem to have. But does the pirated version come without issues? No.
We’ve been getting mails from various folks asking us about differences between pirated and legitimate versions of AC: B. Since we do not have the time to reply to these mails individually, here’s a brief rundown of things that as of this moment does not work in the leaked release:
- Downloadable content (DLC) is locked. Da Vinci and two other single player missions that come as DLC cannot be unlocked.
- It is not possible to use the investments system. To do this, you need to go online and need to have a legitimate version of the game.
- Shop quests do not work. These quests unlock additional content and as of this moment these do not work in the pirated version.
While none of the above are critical to successfully completing the single player campaign, they still are important features of the game. If you want to enjoy the above, right now the only way is to buy a legitimate copy of the game (which is not too bad a deal – AC : B is a huge game which has many hours of gameplay). Otherwise you’ll have to wait till when/if a scene/p2p group releases a better fix for their release.