It seems that Batman can do many a thing: he can survive his back being broken by supervillain Bane, take down psychopaths like Joker and Scarecrow, and strike fear into the hearts of the Gotham underworld. The one thing he couldn’t do however, is protect his latest adventure from console piracy. It turns out that the Xbox 360 version of the highly anticipated release of Batman: Arkham City has been leaked online, just a week before release.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new in terms of game leaks, as big release titles tend to be high priority on torrent sites. Yet for Arkham City, it turns out that it’s a complete XGD3 leak, meaning that most Xbox 360’s would be able to play the game (if procured that is). It’s also worth mentioning that the leaked download is 7.94GB in size, shedding light on what the final install size may be.
These types of illegal downloads are exactly the reason why publishers like Ubisoft have set up programs like Uplay for their upcoming games, looking towards Driver: San Francisco as an example. While Uplay helps mitigate piracy while people are playing online by forcing a subscription fee, it also brings in additional content and DLC for games as well.
Electronic Arts has also started making their presence known to delay piracy problems, with their ever-troublesome Origin program earning some hard looks from gamers for their ability to dive into a user’s hardware or software and take information. Yet even under the covers, the overall goal is to protect the games they create.
Sadly, those measures aren’t stopping the problems before release, and even if they did it would still be on the publisher’s side of things to handle. For now, gamers will have to be content with harder penalties after the fact and trying their hardest to ignore the files floating around. But considering the hype building around Arkham City, we can only hope that fan loyalty will work in Rocksteady‘s favor.
The bright side is that the DLC content like the recently announced Nightwing pack isn’t involved with the tampering, so that everyone will still get to play and download at the same time.