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Ubisoft investigating potential Watch Dogs Legion source code leak

Published: 15:59, 04 November 2020
Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft are aware of the latest claims from a ransomware gang called Egregor that they have obtained Watch Dogs Legion source code. The publisher is currently investigating a potential data security incident.

Last month, a ransomware group called Egregor claimed that they are in possession of Watch Dogs Legion source code and some other files from Crytek, which revealed the publisher's plans for Crysis Next. 

Over the last couple of days, a download link for the alleged source code of Watch Dogs Legion reportedly appeared over on 4chan. The full file weights in at 560 GB, suggesting that this is indeed a real source code for the game.

Today, Ubisoft have officially commented on the matter. They told Eurogamer that they are aware of the claims and are currently investigating the potential incident.

"We are aware of the group's claim and are currently investigating a potential data security incident," a Ubisoft spokesperson said.

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If the ransomware group indeed have the real Watch Dogs Legion source code, well, that will be some pretty terrible news for Ubisoft. If hacker groups who usually crack games get their hands on this code, they could break Watch Dogs Legion's anti-piracy measures which could affect Ubisoft's potential releases or even games from other publishers who use similar protection systems.

Also, the game could be modded in various ways that would allow modders to play with every single system Ubisoft's developed for Watch Dogs Legion. 

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Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs Legion is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is also coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 next week.

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