Wow, Ubisoft just can not catch a break, can they? Yesterday, reports were coming in to Ubisoft and Microsoft that Far Cry 4 was no longer available on Xbox LIVE as a download. Not only that, but anyone who had bought the game got a message asking if they own the game when they tried to run it. I can only imagine the frustration when a game you spent $60 on refuses to work anymore, and in fact behaves like you didn’t even buy it to begin with, but that is the issue they saw.
While this was an ongoing issue, no one was able to get a straight answer from tech support of either MS or Ubisoft. Both groups were claiming that the other company was responsible with MS claiming that since it was only one game from Ubisoft, they were to blame while Ubisoft countered with this being an issue in the store and MS needs to put it back up, so they are to blame.
Ultimately it seems this has been fixed, but that fix required the game to be re-instated to the XBLive store. This suggests at least to me that Ubisoft may well be right about who was to blame, though I suspect answers to that will not come easily. People are playing their game again, and outside of a vocal minority, they will probably forget about this in a week, moving on to something else.
However, this should be a warning to anyone who owns the system about buying digital on it, as it suggests the online DRM is connected not only to your account, but to the store, and if something is pulled back from the store for ANY reason, we could see a repeat of this… and I can think of plenty of reasons it would happen because we have seen it happen before:
- Publisher closes it’s doors (THQ)
- Contracts expire (Every Marvel based game by Activision)
- Conflict of Demands (EA’s support of the WiiU)
I believe very seriously, this incident should be taken as a “Buyer Beware” note for digital purchases on the system.