The PC version of Ubisofts, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is hitting the shelves on Friday. Those who pre-ordered the digital edition got a few goodies including a MP3 of the soundtrack. Well the soundtrack is available before release for download. Reddit user plginger noticed something funny when he looked at the metadata for the tracks.

Hey, reddit. I have recently pre-ordered the digital deluxe edition of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood online. The extras files have just been uploaded, so everyone who pre-ordered the game can download them early. I got them right away and then started checking out the files. I’ve noticed something strange about the soundtrack: http://i.imgur.com/Trkzd.png Quick search reveals the source of the files: http://i.imgur.com/mA409.png It’s quite obvious Ubisoft simply converted downloaded FLAC files to mp3. Of course, it may just be my online retailer, so I’m suggesting other people should check out their copies of digital deluxe edition, too.

If you don’t want to follow the links, it’s screenshots showing the encoder of the files is arsa13 who is the encoder of a pirated version of the soundtrack that can be found on your favorite torrent site.

Ubisoft says they are looking into the matter and are not commenting any further. This is not the first time Ubisoft has been caught making commercial use of pirate works. They used a no-cd crack to on their Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 game back in 2008 to officially remove their own DRM from the game.

Considering that it would not surprise me to find out they got lazy and grabbed a torrent to instead of re-encoding from their own master files.

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