Saturday 24 September 2016

Far Cry Primal could be impossible to pirate

Paul Mallon

Published 25/01/2016 | 10:35

Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal

Ubisoft looks set to introduce new anti-piracy software in their latest games, with Far Cry Primal to debut the system

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Ubisoft's next major game is Far Cry Primal, a new outing in the series which takes gamers back to prehistoric times and lets them take on wooly mammoths and use owls as guided drones. It looks like heaps of fun and we can't wait to get playing.

And it's going to be a great time for all of you folks who are planning to buy the game legitimately, but not so for pirates. There's a rumour that Ubisoft is using an all new system that is confounding software pirates, and might help to change an industry which has been dogged by illegal uploads for years.

This only refers to the PC market, where software hacks have been a large part of the online sharing world for as long as gaming and the internet have existed hand in hand. But the new software, called Denuvo, could change all that. It's the anti-piracy tech which was recently used in Eidos' Just Cause 3, and it's proving to be impossible to hack.

The use of Denuvo was revealed in the use agreement for the game on Steam. If true, Ubisoft must have licensed the tech very quickly after the release of Just Cause 3, so let's hope they have it all integrated properly and we won't see the unfortunate situation where legal owners of the game have trouble accessing it, as has happened in the past.

Far Cry Primal is set for release on consoles and PC from the 23rd of February 2016.

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