Over the last week or so, you might have picked up on the fact that a group called Egregor has allegedly hacked Ubisoft, and obtained the source code for Watch Dogs: Legion as a result. This effectively means that they have the code that makes the game before the game is actually out. I picked this story up from GameRant, and then I switched off to it. Why? Because as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter. Sure, it could mean that some people are able to replicate the game, without paying for it, or find out some secrets, but all I care about is my ability to play it. Regardless of this hack, I can still play the game.
I know that this sounds unkind, and I accept that it is a selfish viewpoint, but it’s also in the best interest of the developers. Right now those hackers are probably trawling through the code to find features and unfinished systems that hint at future DLC, or things that were removed from the game. I love watching videos about secrets in games as much as anyone else, but those videos can wait until I’ve finished the game. Right now, even though a group of hackers might have the code for Watch Dogs: Legion, I can still play it.
I think that everyone should follow this attitude to a degree. We should all be focusing on supporting the developers. We’re entering a new generation of consoles, and game prices are going up because the cost of development is so astronomical. The people who make these games need to eat, so we need to buy their games to help them do that. If we spend all of our time looking for a free version, or analysing the story from the code and never playing it, what’s the point?
Watch Dogs: Legion is set to be an incredible new entry to the series. It’s going to do so much to advance the story, and it’s going to give us a tonne of new mechanics to play with. In many ways, it’s a game that’s completely unique, and I want to experience that for myself. Who cares what the hackers are doing?