Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day Issues

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Ubisoft's open world hacking game is getting fairly solid reviews out of the gate, several owners of the PC version of the game are saying that it has lots of problems with general crashes, sound issues, frame rate degradation, and issues with various graphical drivers from Nvidia. Naturally mileage may vary based on your PC specifications, but this report and another here detail in-depth a host of problems with the game crashing or not working properly.

But one familiar problem has also come up - Ubisoft's Uplay. The company's online DRM is causing problems for some PC gamers out of the gate. We have not independently confirmed if this is just an initial issue the first time a user runs the game or if this is a persistent problem after the DRM confirms the authenticity of the game.

Finally, there's an odd report on Motley Fool claiming that those pirating the game are getting hacked and their machines are being turned into Bitcoin mining slaves (see update below). Where this information comes from we're not sure.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Editor's Note: Our readers have come to the rescue on the "bitcoin mining" part of the story. In the comments Papa Midnight and Dorth Lous note that a fake release of Watch Dogs on the Torrents is installing "a Litecoin (LTC) miner." Thanks guys!

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Re: Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day ...

I can't say I'm entirely surprised because this game does not have the polish of a so-called triple-A title. I opted for the PS4 version (to help justify the purchase of a new console in my own tiny mind) so I can't attest to the problems on PC, but it's clear that so much work still needs to be done in its current state, let alone had it been released when originally intended. As I said, I'm not surprised to hear the PC version has problems given to overall quality of the game.

Re: Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day ...

Regarding Watch_Dogs having launch day problems on PC, is anyone surprised? It is a Ubisoft title, after all. To this day, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag still has rather lackluster performance.

Finally, there's an odd report on Motley Fool claiming that those pirating the game are getting hacked and their machines are being turn into Bitcoin mining slaves. Where this information comes from we're not sure.

To give a little backstory on this one, there is a fake release that is about a week and a half old which is masquerading as a release of "Watch_Dogs" using the name of a known warez scene group. The group in question, however, did not make any such release (which can be easily checked with any public pre database). From the comments on TorrentFreak, it was distributed by way of The Pirate Bay.

There's a bit of misinformation being reported by several outlets about it being used for Bitcoin mining. It is actually packaged with a Litecoin (LTC) miner (a different cryptocurrency).

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Papa Midnight

Re: Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day ...

The crack thing is about one torrent masquerading as Skirrow's (a well known cracker), on torrent site where he isn't registered as a user. It installs a background miner that mines litecoin, not bitcoin, a different alt-money that is based around memory usage to discourage ASIC explosion and quick obsolescence of every day computers.

Re: Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day ...

Thanks guys for the extra info!

Re: Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day ...

Its Watch_Dogs, apparently.

 
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