It's crazy that just about every single big-budget AAA title released in the last couple of years seems to appear on torrents faster and in more reliable fashion for home consoles than on PC.
In fact, Beyond: Two Souls, Grand Theft Auto V, Gears of War: Judgment and even Call of Duty: Ghosts are a few of many big-name titles that have appeared on torrents, exclusively for consoles.
It kind of rubs out that old urban legend that only PC gamers who like to molest copyright law are the only ones who pirate games.
Well, adding another notch on the belt is Watch Dogs, the highly anticipated open-world hacktion title from Ubisoft. And yes, the game has managed to appear on torrents... all 14 gigabytes worth.
According to Gear Nuke, the game has managed to appear on torrent sites, following the recent early release of the game by retailers in certain regions, such as the Middle-East and Brazil.
Unsurprisingly, the Xbox 360 version was cracked and uploaded by Russians. The crazy part about it is that Ubisoft's own satirical mention about hackers getting a hold of the game was somewhat of a presentiment to the whole thing actually happening. Crazy, right?
Anyway, the game comes on two discs for the Xbox 360, as noted in the torrent file. As mentioned, it's 14GB and it seems to further show that the 360 really is out of its league at this point. I imagine a game like Beyond: Two Souls would have been three discs on the 360, similar to L.A. Noire. I guess we should all be impressed they managed to compress Watch Dogs down to only two discs like the American employment force manages to squeeze two and three jobs down for one unqualified person to do. It's brilliant efficiency.
Watch Dogs has been on the end of a lot of controversy lately, and I'm sure the game leaking for home consoles (and not PC) will just add to the misery of being a press representative for Ubisoft right now.
If I had a heart I would probably buy a posterior ice-bag for those at Ubisoft's Montreuil offices... you know, to help soothe some of the butthurt. Unfortunately, I've bought too many AAA games and there's nothing left in my chest cavity but a bunch of blood-stained receipts for DLC.
Now keep in mind that in spite of the game leaking to torrents, Ubisoft isn't sitting by idly. Much like Rockstar and Take-Two's hitman-proficient lawyers, there are DMCA notices popping up all over the place, just as fast as rippers are stripping and re-uploading the game to peer-to-peer networks.
That's not to mention that there's a strong likelihood that if you try to download the game your IP address might be flagged and you might receive a rather unpleasant e-mail from your ISP, also known as the “I (own your) Soul Provider”. So yeah, anything you can do to not piss off the people who have you by your lower intestines is probably a good idea.
Watch Dogs will officially be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, mobile devices and any and everything else in between come May 27th... oh, except for the Wii U. The Wii U is getting special treatment and the game will be available this fall.
You can learn more about the game that doesn't have to do with graphical comparisons by paying a kind visit to the official website.